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October 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Brujeria concert promo

Live Nation Presents: Brujeria, w/

  • Pinata Protest
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls

Sunday, October 29, 2017
@ Bottom Lounge (Chicago)
Ages = 17+
Show starts: 7:00 pm

Tickets = $22.50


Brujeria formed at a party in 1989, by which time there was much discrimination against Latin American metalheads. Moreover, the majority of extremist groups in the area sang in English, which is why the founders decided to create a grindcore and death metal band that represents the Hispanic community. Its members, the guitarist Dino Cazares, Jello Biafra, drummer Pat Hoed, bass guitarist Billy Gould and vocalist Juan Brujo, used pseudonyms as most were members of other known bands.

The band was criticized from its inception because of its lyrics about drugs, sex and Satanism. This is because the main concept of the band was inspired by the story that shook Mexico on 11 April 1989 at the Rancho Santa Elena, in Matamoros, where there were satanic rituals. The same year they released their first single, “¡Demoniaco!” and two years later another entitled “Machetazos”. In “Machetazos” came the first change in the group with the departure of Jello Biafra, the integration of Pinche Peach into the vocals and Raymond Herrera on drums, as Pat Hoed left the drums and became a second vocalist. “Machetazos” and “El Patron” were produced and distributed through record label Alternative Tentacles by Jello Biafra.

Controversy was created by the cover of their first album Matando Güeros (1993), which featured a severed head being held by a hand. Subsequently, the image of the head would become an emblem of the band, transforming themselves into their mascot known as Coco Loco, and is seen frequently on album covers and merchandise. The head is largely believed to have belonged to Mario Rios. Thanks to the record and rumours generated, Brujeria became more popular. In this album the band integrated Shane Embury on bass guitar which still remains in the lineup of the band.

The group started to become increasingly popular, but nevertheless, decided to remain anonymous and declined all offers to organize concerts (except on rare occasions), confounding supporters, who were eager to see them live. Two years later came the EP Marijuana, featuring a cover-parody of the popular song The Macarena and four live songs from its first official concert.

In 1999 saw the release of Spanglish 101, a compilation of label Kool Arrow Records’ artists, protesting against the dominance of English. On this album the band released a couple of new tracks: “Marcha de Odio” which would later be included in their next album, Brujerizmo and “Don Quijote Marijuana”, an issue that attracted attention for its techno-dance style, completely different from the band’s heavy metal sound.

In 2000, 5 years after the last LP, Brujerizmo was released, which incorporated Nicholas Barker as a second drummer, Jesse Pintado on the guitar and Gaby Dominguez, as “Pititis”, who represents a female demon as the female vocalist. The album was a bestseller and was nominated for the 2001 Latin Grammy in the category “Best Rock Album.” The award was won by La Ley, and as expected, Brujeria did not appear at the ceremony.


Pinata Protest:

Pinata Protest profile picturePiñata Protest is an accordion powered Tex-Mex punk rock band from San Antonio, TX. They combine the lively sounds and traditional rhythms of the Mexican button accordion with the upbeat tempos and attitude of punk rock to produce a unique and wildly eclectic mix of aggressive yet melodic songs that are sung in both Spanish and English. Adding to their sonic performances that ignite crowds to mosh, skank, and twirl their dance partners around is their energetic and impassioned live show.

Piñata Protest was founded by the Mexican-born singer and accordionist Àlvaro Del Norte. The band includes Jose Morales on electric guitar and vocals, Richie Brown on electric bass and vocals, and Chris-Ruptive on drums and vocals.

For over ten years the quartet has maintained a busy schedule of performing and touring throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a wide range of musical acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat, Mariachi El Bronx, Molotov, Guttermouth, Voodoo Glow Skills, Brujeria, The Toadies, Ramon Ayala, The Blasters, Authority Zero, Agent Orange, Molotov, Ozomatli, Mustard Plug, The Blasters, Wayne Hancock, and Girl In A Coma.


Voodoo Glow Skulls:

voodoo glow skulls profile pictureDeep in the heart of California’s Inland Empire, the Hispanic-tinged ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls formed in the late ’80s. Originally a hardcore group, the quartet was comprised of the brothers Casillas (Frank on vocals, Eddie on guitar, Jorge on bass) plus drummer Jerry O’Neill. After several years of playing in a garage, the band decided to expand both its lineup (not to mention its sound) with a horn section — saxophone player Joey Hernandez, trumpeter Joe McNally, and trombone player Brodie Johnson. By the early ’90s, Voodoo Glow Skulls were one of the most interesting ska-punk bands on the West Coast.

After debuting with two 7″ singles, the band released the LP “Who Is? This Is?” in 1993 on Dr. Strange Records. They toured America several times (alone and with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and signed to Epitaph Records in 1995. Their second album, 1995’s Firme, was available in both Spanish- and English-language versions, a unique feature that distinguished the band from the growing number of local ska-punk groups.

Baile de los Locos followed two years later, and The Band Geek Mafia appeared in 1998. After enjoying a spot on the main stage at Warped Tour, Voodoo Glow Skulls returned in 1999 with Exitos al Cabron. Symbolic was issued a year later. The band jumped from local label Epitaph to the Chicago-based Victory Records for 2002’s Steady as She Goes, but the album’s murky production (executed by the bandmates themselves) drew criticism from critics and fans alike. Adicción, Tradición, Revolución followed in October 2004; although also self-produced, the album’s crisp sound and skacore stylings were viewed as a refreshing return to form. With their early lineup still in place (with the exception of Joe McNally, who left the group to pursue a day job in 1999), Voodoo Glow Skulls issued their eighth album, Southern California Street Music, in September 2007.


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