Los Panaderos demo of Cake’s ‘Mexico’ with two-voice-harmony and jawbone

I met Sharon Benitez and her sister Tanya Benitez Sunday busking on University Avenue, near Oren’s Hummus. They peform in a grupo called Los Panaderos (The Bread-makers) and also teach folkloric dance to children under the name Quetzal.
They were here as part of the World Music Day/World Music Month activities that are sponsored by Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and City of Palo Alto (our version of Fete De La Music / Make Music Palo Alto / World-Wide Music Day, held ten times on Father’s Day since 2009, when I was on the committee with Claude Ezran).
I saw Los Panaderos doing a traditional version of “La Bamba” which people (Anglos) know from Richie Valens, Los Lobos and a movie also called “La Bamba”.
They had a platform for Mexican clog dancing, which got hacked by some Asian guys who were also B-Boys – I got a bit of that on film.
Sharon has a degree in ethnomusicology from Santa Clara University and a budding career as an artist/educator/activist and producer.
I sent this tape to Tommy Manzi who manages Cake and to Bruce Solar, their agent.
Cake played twice in my Cubberley Sessions, back in the day — I mean fall, 1995 and summer, 1996. They almost played here about 10 years ago, a benefit for solar power — not their agent, the thing from which we all derive our power.
I would love to have Los Panaderos record “Mexico” by John McCrea and Cake for my Lions With Wings Bandcamp label.
Meanwhile, you can catch Los Panaderos again Saturday, June 26 — this Saturday — from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on University, maybe near Oren’s or maybe near Cafe Venetia – -they are sharing the street with the Mark Wong-VanHaren family band also known as Camacu. 

PS: Cake uses a Vibra-slap, which imitates quijada, made from the jaw of a mule. There is no Vibra-slap in either “Mexico” or “You Part the Waters”.  “Is This Love”, yes. I’d like to see the Benitez sisters and maybe their whole band have a side project that does nothing but Cake covers with accentuated Mexican flourishes. Although I have to also add, as an Old G Cake fan, that the band uses the word more like “caked with mud” like if you stepped into some fine dust and your boot was coated or caked with earth; intense. Layered. Vale?

And1: Oren’s Hummus features pita. I spoke to the manager who said he is open-minded to spornsoring or at least not thwarting a continued music presence next to his parklet of tables in the streets, this summer. 

Andand: I spoke briefly with Sharon Benitez about her fellow musician Cecilia Peña-Govea also known as La Doña — I had come from the Ledisi/The Seshen/La Doña event at Stern Grove (see the laminate I’m wearing, with my Superchunk hoodie). 


This is from today’s email message to Miguel Govea, father of La Doña; I hereby induct Los Panaderos, Tanya Benitez and Sharon Benitez into the pantheon:

I already list La Doña in my pantheon of legendary Bay Area and Latin projects, or that I’ve worked with (as a promoter) including: John Santos*, Orixa*, Bloque*, Ozomatli*, Rupa and the April Fishes, Beth Custer Doña Luz 30 Bezos*, Beth Custer and Octavio Solis, Los Mocosos, Santana, Greg Landau, Chris Strachwitz, Chuy Varela, Laura Chavez, Danilo Perez*, Adam Cruz*, Luciana Souza*, Vivendo De Pao*, Marco Diaz Melecio Magdaluyo duo*, Marta Sanchez Roman Filiu duo*, Juan L. Sanchez Trova Latina,* Los Lobos, The Blues Experience*, B-Side Players*.* denotes artists who’ve appeared in Earthwise Productions; also: Sal Gaeta and Sandy Lunares’ Acoustic Paradise — played my first show, on referral by Juan Sanchez — plus Sandy worked the door for about 100 shows. 

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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