It’s impossible to limit what Mexico City’s Café Tacvba do to just one genre. The innovative quartet emerged from the rock en español scene of the ’90s to explore indie rock, electronic music, musique concrète, cumbia, norteña, and more. It all amounts to a thoroughly modern portrait of Mexican music—and an adventurous and viscerally exciting live concert experience that’s made them a sell-out favorite around the world.
The band was named after Café de Tacuba, a coffee shop that was a hub of zoot-suited Pachuco subculture in downtown Mexico City in the ’40s and ’50s. Members include Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Enrique Rangel, Joselo Rangel, and the unofficial fifth tacubo Alejandro Flores.
Café Tacvba is huge in Latin America. The Mexican rock band has won Latin Grammys and played major U.S. festivals, like South by Southwest and Coachella, and now is coming to Sonoma County! Even as the band has gained popularity abroad, Café Tacvba still insists on singing only in Spanish. It mixes rock and electronic music with traditional Mexican styles like ranchera; the first single from the album, “Futuro,” is built on cumbia beats.