El Gran Silencio
Cumbia, hip-hop, rock, ska, reggaeton — nothing is off limits to El Gran Silencio, for more than a decade one of Mexico’s most unique and adventurous bands. But their sound is more than just a multi-stylistic hodgepodge: It is a reflection of the youth culture of their hometown, Monterrey. The unofficial capital of the Latin alternative scene, the city has long been a convergence point for Mexican and Colombian musical cultures, and its proximity to the border has also allowed bits of American pop-culture to find their way into the community. All those influences spiral around each other and explode outward on El Gran Silencio’s albums. It is a sonic representation of what it’s like to grow up amid a hub of shared experiences. Coming together in 1993, the group’s primary goal has been to preserve the urban folklore of their native region while giving voice to the invisible fragments of a society that is largely unknown to those on the outside — a place where the people have “accordion-shaped hearts.” Judging by their large international fan base, they have certainly been successful in bringing the spirit of Monterrey to the world. Fueled by a live show brimming with non-stop energy, the quintet brings “Chuntaro Style” to the Ventura Theatre on Sept. 30.
In less than a year, Los Angeles-based punk quartet, the Triggers, have accomplished more than most groups are capable of in their entire lifetime. Forming in fall 2005, the band has already dropped a fiery EP and is currently wrapping up work on their debut full-length, which will be distributed in places as far-flung as Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. It is a testament to their sound, a tight, forceful mix of rockabilly, ska, traditional Latin music and driving, blistering punk rock. The foursome is now set to rattle the walls of Sans Souci on Sept. 28, along with local Guns ‘n’ Roses tribute band Pistols ‘n’ Pilez.
Relay For Life
What better way to spend an altruistic 24 hours than running in support of cancer survivors and to raise money for research and listen to some local music at the same time? The Relay For Life, beginning at 10 a.m. at Oxnard High School on Sept. 30 and going all the way until 10 the following morning, presents just such an opportunity. Performers include: reggae mainstays GTP & the Hot Steppers; mixed-bag artists Deep Sea; the self-explanatory Preachers Blues Band; rockers the Bushwackers; folk rock group Rhythm & Lace; and many more. Good cause, good music — what more could you ask for? Oxnard High School, 3400 W. Gonzales Rd., Oxnard.