On a Wednesday night in early April at El Club, I had one of those flashback-to-L.A. moments as I awaited the headlining act, the Latin funk band Chicano Batman. It’s a quartet of bilingual crooners that I’d more likely picture seeing in some intimate lounge in East L.A. than the Midwest.
Formed in 2008, the group catapulted into the role as a voice of resistance in the era of President Donald Trump when their bilingual take on “This Land Is Your Land” for a Johnnie Walker commercial became an unexpected hit just ahead of the presidential inauguration. They made a stop here as part of an international tour, coinciding with the release of their latest album Freedom is Free. | Read more here.