Caracas politics: Desorden Publico to play the Vogue on Nov. 15

Venezuela-based ska band Desorden Publico will play the Vogue on Nov. 15.

Yes, this one is certainly a little far out date-wise. After all, who even knows what they’ll be doing three days from now, let alone 20? Even so, I feel that Desorden Publico and their upcoming show is worth counting down the days for.

As anyone following world politics knows, Venezuela is not well these days. Economic turmoil, political corruption, if it’s bad, they have it. It’s times like these when people need music, and Desorden Publico is there to give it good and loud.

A little history

Desorden Publico formed in 1985, in the city of Caracas. Many of you may know that name. Particularly because the Northern Hemisphere associates Caracas with the kind of illicit fun not even Las Vegas will offer you. But I digress. Initially, the band had only two members, Horacio Blanco and Jose Luis “Caplis” Chacin. Both men shared a love of ska and British punk styles, and crafted their sound around them. From the beginning, Desorden Publico used their music to criticize the politics of Latin America. The band has added members over the years, and have played in venues all over the world.

Their sound

Desorden Publico mixes ska, reggae, punk and other styles. The result is brassy and bold, which is probably a good thing when you’re criticizing the establishment. While their influences are as English as little black cabs, their style is distinctly Latin American. Basically, lots of trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments. All the same, they mix Latin and rock rhythms freely, often in the same song. In practical terms, their performances are bright and energetic and their songs varied and exciting. Better yet, their political message is timely.

So, as always, the venue is the Vogue. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!


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