Tour with Durand Jones and the Indications Starts this Month

Y La Bamba had a huge 2019, releasing the critically acclaimed full-length Mujeres early in the year, followed by the equally lauded Entre Los Dos EP in the fall. The band hits the road later this month with Durand Jones & The Indications and today releases the the video for “Entre Los Dos” – an animated clip directed by Daniel Barreto and animated by Daniel Barreto and Paula Palomar.

“‘Entre los Dos’ is the growth behind the understanding of unconditional love,” says Y La Bamba principal Luz Elena Mendoza.

The songs on Entre Los Dos are powerful prayers, created with their purpose being to protect the land and its people, recognize the ancestry that burns in our hearts, and treasure wisdom weaving healthy bonds that reflect self-love with dignity.

Mendoza is currently writing material for an extremely unique and exciting project for 2020. Keep an eye out for details to be announced soon.


Y La Bamba has been many things, but at the heart of it is singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza’s inquisitive sense of self. Their fifth record, Mujeres, carries on the Portland-based band’s affinity for spiritual contemplation, but goes a step further in telling a story with a full emotional spectrum. Coming off Ojos Del Sol, one of NPR’s Top 50 Albums of 2016, Mujeres exhibits the scope of Mendoza’s artistic voice like never before. “Soy como soy,” Mendoza says, and that declaration is the bold— even political— statement that positions Mujeres to be Y La Bamba’s most unbridled offering yet.

The record exists in the post-2016 landscape of a national identity crisis, and Mendoza explores what it means to be a Mexican American woman by leading us through places we are afraid to go. Mujeres ventures in to the discomfort of the stories we tell ourselves. Those of our past, our futures. We all have these stories somewhere inside of us, but with Y La Bamba, Mendoza forges new narratives from old stories of heritage and family, tracing history while forging modern chicana feminism.

“Music is an extension of everything I have inside. It’s how I emote,” Mendoza says. The raw honesty of Mujeres is in fact the raw honesty of Mendoza. Armed with the emotionality of traditional música mexicana and the storytelling of American folk, Y La Bamba’s artistry is not just their musical ability but Mendoza’s search for unadulterated truth. It is in an ancestral, spiritual journey in which Mendoza comes to terms with the influence and limitations of her upbringing. Mendoza’s experience of childhood summers in the San Joaquin Valley listening to mariachi, of being raised strict Catholic by immigrant parents, of being a woman having to prove herself to the boys, paints strokes of both melancholy and healing on the tracks. “From the way that my family struggles, to the way they shoot the shit… it’s so different from whiteness,” Mendoza says. “It’s a different dimension.”

Y La Bamba Tour Dates
Jan 28 – Houston, TX @ Wonky Power
Jan 29 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
Jan 30 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger $
Jan 31 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn $
Feb 01 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mid City Ballroom $
Feb 03 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s $
Feb 04 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater $
Feb 06 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive $
Feb 07 – Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar $
Feb 08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s $
Feb 09 – Charleston, SC Charleston @ Pour House $
Feb 11 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle $
Feb 12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Zeiders American Dream Theater $
Feb 13 – Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere $
Feb 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit $
Feb 15 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt $
Feb 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Baltimore
Feb 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl $
Feb 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl $
Feb 19 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met $
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA @ Laser Dome #
Feb 26 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s #
Feb 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (Noise Pop Festival)
Feb 28 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst #
Feb 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
Apr 23 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Apr 25 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival %
Apr 29 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Apr 30 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

$ – with Durand Jones & the Indications
# – with Combo Chimbita
% – with The Drums, Lando Chill

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