Calle 13 takes the sounds of the street to Mandalay Beach
Wed, May 25, 2011 (1:45 p.m.)
Calle 13 performs this Sunday at Mandalay Beach.
Francisco Roman Sanchez
The dreadlocked ice cream man slid the CD across the counter. “Here,” he said. “To practice your Puerto Rican slang.”
May 29, 9 p.m., $32.50
Mandalay Beach, 632-7800
I don’t usually discover new bands over cones of coffee Oreo, but I’ve been listening to Calle 13 since I left San Juan six years ago. The Puerto Rican stepbrother team of vocalist Residente (René Pérez Joglar) and producer Visitante (Eduardo José Cabra Martínez)—with a regular assist from Residente’s little sis (under the name PG-13)—takes reggaeton from its culo y gasolina staples and applies it to politics, poverty and police brutality, often with a searing, sarcastic edge. And while the signature “dem bow” beat plays underneath much of their music, Calle 13 has been taking to the stage with a crew of 11 on this tour, blending its music with elements of salsa, cumbia and hip-hop. Understand the lyrics and you’re in for a crash course in Latin American culture; if you don’t, it’ll still be one hell of a party.
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