Radio La Chusma brought their world sounds to Smitty's Greenlight Tavern, on Oct. 11. They performed three sets, one during ‘Panic Hour’ and two in the late evening.
Ernesto Tinajero is the guitarist and vocalist, Angelica Tinajero is the vocalist, Marco Guerrero is the trombonist and vocalist, Charles Hernandez is the keyboardist and vocalist, Louie Speaking Eagle is the drummer and David Calatayud is the bassist of Radio La Chusma. Ernesto Tinajero also plays the cow bell. Angelica Tinjero also plays the shakaray, maracas, tambourine and calabash. Guerrero also plays the maracas.
Eagle began Radio La Chusma second performance and was soon followed by Angelica Tinjero’s shakaray and Hernandez, as they started with Bob Marley’s “Rasta Man Chant”. Guerrero’s trombone was soon heard, as Ernesto Tinajero provided the majority of the vocals and Angelica Tinjero provided backup vocals.
“Elegba”, “Pirate”, “Oya”, “Calavera”, Bob Marley’s “Soul Rebel”, “Cumbia de Maracumbe”, “Mis Padres” and “No No No” were also part of Radio La Chusma’s second set.
“Seven Directions” kicked off the final recital for Radio La Chusma. They began with an instrumental as Ernesto Tinejero, Guerrero and Calatayud formed a small circle at the side of the stage. After breaking the cycle, Ernesto Tinejero provided vocals. Eagle maintained the beat as everyone accompanied him after a few set of beats.
Prior to covering The Cure’s “Hot Hot Hot!!!”—Guerrero mentioned he would award a spectator with Radio La Chusma merchandise, if they guessed the song correctly. He went onto joke he would add a little spice to the deal and would have Angelica Tinjero give them a kiss. After listening to the instrumental and lyrics, an onlooker approached the stage. He provided the answer to Angelica Tinjero—she smiled and nodded, for he had guessed correctly.
“Por Favor” closed out the trifecta of music. Radio La Chusma showcased their abilities to slow down and speed up the tempo, as they followed Guerrero’s lead. After the song concluded—he introduced them one last time and mentioned they were from El Paso, Tex.
“Mis Padres”, “Bob Marley with a hint of Grateful Dead medley featuring “Bend Down Low”, “Keep On Moving”, “Bus Dem Shut (Pyaka)”, Grateful Dead’s “Turn On Your Love Light” and “This Train”, “Pirates”, Bob Marley’s “Rasta Man Chant”, “El Rey”, “Tiburon”, “Mike Lacure”, “Salamale”, Lila Downs’ “La Bruja” and “The Cornerstone” were also part of Radio La Chusma’s third set.