Cover: $20 // Show: 7:30pm
Cecilia Noël is a performer, songwriter, producer, bandleader, mentor, and force ofnature. A Peruvian native who is now an LA institution with her band, The Wild Clams, Surrounding herself with top LA talent, The Wild Clams are a massive band, at some points up to 16 pieces, that reflect Cecilia’s passion, flamboyance, and the many elements that influence her music from salsa and soul to jazz, funk, and afro-cuban. She describes her music as“Salsoul”--with guitar solos closer to Hendrix than Metheny, and a brass section that reminds of big bands and Blood, Sweat & Tears--and it is arguably the most potent Latin sound to emerge from Los Angeles in years. No matter how funky the arrangements, Cuban percussionist Michito Sanchez brilliantly makes sure the clave --the two-bar phrase that constitutes the backbone of Afro-Cuban rhythms--is present at all times.
Her most recent album, Havana Rocks, is the best example of this - an ambitious genre-bending project that took Cecilia to Havana to record MTV-era hits like “Whip It” and “I Touch Myself” and eventually earned Cecilia the Cuba disco International Award 2015.
San Miguel Perez