Hello folks! this is cava, just want to remind you that we will be in san pancho this coming friday Dec 12th once again with Ozomatli. Not only is the Filmore gonna be a BLAST!- but there's a rumor that MENTIRITAS will be doing an after party in the mission district after the show....If you don't know who MENTIRITAS is you better ask somebody..or just go to the myspace.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS FRIDAY--IT'S GONNA BE OFF THE CHAIN!!!
But it won't stop there...CAVA will be back in Frisco to play the Elbo Room with loco band MANICATO... on the 22nd gives you something to do before you stress out for the holiday. GET YOUR CAVA FIX!
My dear friends from the bay...I am very saddened to say that I will have to postpone the San Francisco trip this coming Thurs. I was so looking forward to going back out there. After the Filmore show with Ozo, I was amazed at how great the people are out there. I fell in love..as if your town isn't beautiful enough. But Check It Out...Cava is going out to New Mexico for a couple days and when we get back we will be getting into the studio to record a lot of your favorite tunes we performed that night. This album is going to be HOT! Stay tuned- May I will book a couple nights out in S.F and spread some Cava Love like I do! If you absolutely need a CAVA FIX...youre always welcomed in L.A I'm only 4-6 hrs away. See you at the shows!!!!!
Claudia is a Los Angeles native, raised in East L.A. She became familiar with the streets of Whittier, Lorena, Olympic and Soto St. Her parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco, exposed her to the traditions of Mexico through music, art and family customs. Claudia is the third of four siblings, the middle of 3 girls. "My father was an aspiring singer/musician, who forced upon us his dreams and passions." She was only 6 when she made her first appearance on the main stage singing 3-part harmony with her older brother and sister. They backed by a full traditional Mariachi and dressed in homemade costumes. "I guess we would become what my father could not. " The downtown Million Dollar Theatre marquee read, Gabrielito y sus Hermanitas Martha y Klaudia! (It would not be the last time her name would be misspelled). On the other side of the marquee they were billed along side of Los Tigeres del Norte and legendary comedian Resortes. They appeared regularly at the Theatre headlining with some of the biggest artist from Mexico. That was only the beginning. At the age of 8 Claudia landed a part on a prime time network, sit-com. Norman Lear's "A.K.A Pablo" starring Paul Rodriguez. Claudia, along with her siblings, continued to appear in commercials, movies, and plays. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, majoring in Dance and was accepted to the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York, 1992. In 2000 she released an Independent album with the Los Angeles based Son group that she helped co-found and name, Domingosiete. With Claudia at the head of the band they opened for such acts like; Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club, Ozomatli, and Los Lobos. In 2004 Claudia broke from the band to pursue a more progressive, innovative sound. During the transition she toured with, Beastie Boys keyboardist, Money Mark taking her through all of the U.S, all of Australia and New Zealand. She is featured on Money Mark's albums; "Demo or Demolition" and "Brand New By Tomorrow", released 2007. She also collaborated and appeared with Money Mark on the film "Along Came Polly" starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006 She was asked to join the Texas based artist Michael Ramos on tour with his band Charanga Cakewalk, opening for Lila Downs. Claudia joined Lila at the closing of every show pleasing the huge, sold out crowds. Claudia has been featured in local L.A. Magazine "T.. Ciudad" as the next up and coming artist to look out for. She has independently released her new album titled "CAVA" introducing the new configuration of Latin powered Jazz with a tinge of Peruvian soul weaving in and out of Cumbia, Salsa, Afro-Cuban Son and Ska beats. Only 2 years into the project and the reviews tell it like it is. L.A. Times wrote in a week-end Calendar Music Review, " 'But then came CAVA, a bawdy, boisterous and blistering singer-songwriter….'Cava takes the stage like a gang claims it's home turf.'…. 'It's a shot in the arm for East L.A.'s moribund music scene.' " Now embracing her musical destiny and performing under the name CAVA, Claudia is ready to be released out into the world under HER name, HER sound, and HER rules.
CHECK IT OUT!!!!!MUSIC REVIEW : For starters, it was a tough job Las Rubias del Norte make their L.A. debut .. charming but low key .. on the same bill as the blistering, bawdy local singer Cava. By Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
If it's true in show business that some acts are tough to follow, the bill at Temple Bar on Friday proved that some acts are also tough to open for. The night started well enough for Las Rubias del Norte, a novel New York band fronted by two former choir girls who are not blonds (rubias) but who are white North Americans, which is close enough. The name simply highlights the rarity of finding a "gringo" band performing primarily Latin American music, and old standards at that. The cultural tides normally flow in reverse, with Shakira (la rubia del sur) and others internalizing English-language pop and shedding all but traces of their native Latin culture in the process. Going against the grain gets attention. The L.A. debut of Las Rubias, singers Emily Hurst and Allyssa Lamb, was preceded by some East Coast buzz, with glowing notices in the New Yorker and the de rigueur feature on NPR. (The Village Voice named them 2005's "Best Band With a Glockenspiel," Hurst's instrument.) The California tour follows the release of their touted second CD, the enjoyable "Panamericana," which features time-honored songs from Mexico, Peru and Cuba. (The band performs again tonight at the Coffee Backstage Gallery in Altadena, www.coffeegallery.com.) Still, only a small crowd was on hand for the 9 p.m. set by the Brooklyn-based duo and their five-piece backup band, including former Parisian Olivier Conan on the Venezuelan cuatro, a guitar. The sparse audience may have contributed to the low-key performance, which included non-Latin numbers for variety, an aria from "Carmen" and the cowboy classic "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Las Rubias have harmonies as pure as Andean air. Their stage act, though, is as stiff as High Mass. Essentially, they stand there in everyday dresses, hands clasped behind their backs, emitting heavenly sounds from their mouths. Occasionally, Hurst robotically taps her glockenspiel. Lamb, the only one who speaks, also plays melodica, or wind piano, a small keyboard blown like a flute. Yet, there is something charming in their camp simplicity, shyness and anti-glamour. It enhances the sense that their whole act is a cultural tribute; they do this because they love the music. "I know that we don't dance very well," Lamb said in introducing a cumbia, "but you can." But then came Cava, a bawdy, boisterous and blistering singer-songwriter from East L.A. who blew the New Yorkers away. She set about showing how the natives do it, and the growing crowd didn't have to be invited to dance. Cava is the nickname for Claudia Gonzalez, who could be la morena del norte, with her dark skin, long black hair and indigenous features. Hard to imagine a sharper contrast with Las Rubias, considering Cava's ethnic look, in-your-face personality and shocking lack of pudor, the Spanish word for modesty and reserve. Cava takes the stage like a gang claims its home turf. She prowls and teases. Then, she spreads her legs wide and sits on the cajon, a crate-like percussion instrument played almost always by men. Cava perfunctorily apologizes for the indelicate position she must assume to beat the box, leaning over with both hands between her legs, her loose, low-cut dress draped to the sides. But once she starts, the rhythms are so entrancing she seems to forget that her bosom is bouncing out and that her legs are pulsing suggestively. Percussion may be a man's world, but Cava doesn't care. It's all about the music for her too; forget convention. Locals may know her as the former singer with Domingo Siete and the sister of Quetzal vocalist Martha Gonzalez. Now on her own, she has teamed with inventive pianist and producer Walter Miranda, half of the acclaimed Mexican rock duo Plastilina Mosh. The unexpected collaboration has yielded a hip tropical blend with an unabashed Chicano aesthetic. It's a shot in the arm for East L.A moribund Scene.