The Portland, Oregon-based band Y La Bamba—a rotating collective of musicians with singer/guitarist Luz Elena Mendoza as its permanent core—produces a haunting, Latin-fusion sound that, once heard, is difficult to forget. From its name to the melodic, dual-language tracks it produces, Y La Bamba chronicles Mendoza's search for (and celebration of) her Mexican heritage and identity.
"I am thankful for all of my hardships," Mendoza writes in the liner notes of the band's fifth and most recent studio album, Ojos Del Sol (Tender Loving Empire, 2016). "They have guided me to find rest in my soul, time after time. Over and over again."
On Friday, Oct. 20, that soul-searching will bring Mendoza and Y La Bamba to The Olympic for a show with co-headliner Nick Delffs, who is celebrating the release of his new album (read more here). It promises to be a night of primal, controlled magic.