The Convergence Music Lineup includes headliner Ayla Nereo, J Brave and Braxton, Bicicletas Por La Paz, LoCura, MJ’s Brass Boppers, DJ Dragonfly, Lydia Violet :: Music As Medicine Project, Amikaeyla Gaston, Hannah Mayree !
We are super thrilled to have all of these outstanding heart centered musical artists board for 2018.
“Can love itself be expressed in sound? Because if so, this is surely that sound… lyrical mastery that strikes at the heart ”
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Everybody’s talking about Ayla Nereo these days.
“My music is for all of us in our human family, to remember that right relationship, which I also forget. I get caught up in the human things, and I feel my music is for remembering the right relationship with all beings on this planet, especially the non-human ones. We’re really powerful. We get to take care of this amazing garden planet,” says Nereo in an interview on Lost In Sound.
MJ BOPPERS NEW ORLEANS STYLE BAND
Attending an MJ’s Brass Boppers shows is the next best thing to following a brass band down New Orleans’ famed Claiborne Ave. The swinging and singing brass-line is the Bay Area’s only New Orleans-style brass band whose founding members were born and raised in New Orleans itself.
For the past 11 years, Oakland-based LoCura has crafted their own unique musical identity: “Califas Mestizo Music,” a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punk rock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes. The band’s name (“it cures it”) reflects their ethos of making music a remedy, a theme which permeates lyrics such as “la cultura cura la locura (culture cures the madness).”
With three powerhouse women at the helm, their live shows are a soul-stirring punk-edged party mixing cajon-driven rhythms with mutilingual lyrics that reflect the unique intersection of cultures in the Bay Area. Ana Tijoux meets Manu Chao with a touch of Lhasa.