Lester Rey, DJ Que.Madre (Chulita Vinyl Club)
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) / Día de Ánimas (All Souls Day) is a ritual celebration that honors the lives of friends, family, and loved-ones that have passed on. Their memories live on in collective remembrance, but do so especially on November 2nd —Día de Muertos/Día de Ánimas—a day when elaborate altares (altars), the burning of copal (tree resin incense), prayer and vigil, cempasúchíl (marigold flowers), food and drink, and music are all offered up as gifts to the souls of the deceased. This day of celebration is indeed a homecoming for the dead. And home is a place American Latinxs have been deeply reflecting upon in the wake of intensified violence against our communities and a
national politics that has attempted to make us feel unwelcome in the United States.
On this November 2nd, Dos Santos, Lester Rey, and Que Madre will be honoring Día de Muertos/Día de Ánimas with a homecoming show at Sleeping Village which they are calling “Santa Vida” (sacred life)—as they offer up a common space of celebration, of fellowship, and of partying with a purpose in remembrance of life against the grain of all forms of violence. The night will feature music, local vendors, and live visuals. After nearly a year-and-a-half of touring in support of their critically-acclaimed album “Logos,” Dos Santos returns home to Chicago for their first club show since December 2018. From dissonant cumbia to jazz-tinged psychedelia, Dos Santos is at the forefront of a new era of Latinx alternative music, deftly bridging pan-Latin and progressive sounds to capture the idealized aesthetics of 21st-century América. On November 2nd the quintet will showcase new material from their forthcoming International Anthem release.
“Dos Santos may just be the missing link from Jimi Hendrix to Kamasi Washington.” – Bandcamp Daily
“A vibrant amalgamation of cumbia, salsa, jazz, psych rock, and Mexican folk.” – KEXP
Named one of the top-five Latinx Chicago artists to watch in 2019 by NPR, Boricua neo-soul singer and percussionist Lester Rey has emerged as one of Chicago’s most politically engaged artistic voices. His Caribbean-centric, urbano, and R&B-inflected sound is at once silky-smooth and hard-hitting, guaranteed to make you both think and groove hard. He recently linked up with Atlanta-based Nino Augustine to produce “Amigo,” an anthem of diasporic solidarity, spotlighting the shared cultural and sonic heritage between Puerto Rico and Panama. He will be performing with a host of special guests on November 2nd.
Los Angeles-based DJ Que Madre is part of the trail-blazing Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC). Launched in 2014, CVC is a sound-selector collective made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identifying people of color. With chapters across Texas and California, this progressive and inclusive collective aims to provide a safe space for empowerment and togetherness, and to utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the silencing of Latinx voices. Guided by the mantra “El Disco es Cultura,” Que Madre centers Latinx sounds of all genres without borders.