“Best Latin Alternative Band -2013” – LA Weekly

“Creative, Socially Conscious, it’s perfect”- NPR
“Urgent, relevant music”BBC

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Timeshas called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.

The sound of Las Cafeteras is brought to life by the eclectic instrumentation used, which include jarana’s, requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West African bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado.


Las Cafeteras formed as a band in 2008 with the purpose of documenting the histories of their neighborhoods through music. As musicians, they started as students of the Eastside Café, a Zapatista inspired community space in East Los Angeles where they were influenced by the culture, storytelling, and poetic music of Son Jarocho, a traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico.

Their namesake derives from the organization where they took classes, the Eastside Café. However, to honor women and challenge masculine language, they feminized their group name by calling themselves, Las Cafeteras, rather than Los Cafeteros.

Their debut studio album “It’s Time” has received great reviews across the country and has featured on BBC, NPR, KCRW & the LA Times.


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Denise Carlos, MSW

Denise Carlos grew up in the Huntington Park neighborhood of South East L.A. with her older sister and parents.  Her father is from Mexicali, Baja California and her mother from Amacueca, Jalisco and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970’s to work and raise their family. One of Denise’s nicknames growing up was “Diantre”- meaning […]


Leah Rose Gallegos

Born and raised in Highland Park, LA, Leah Rose Gallegos grew up playing soccer and singing on the side. When she is not with Las Cafeteras, Futbolistas and/or family, you can find Leah sharing yoga at People’s Yoga (the first yoga studio in East L.A., which she co-owns), playing with kids, or on an adventure.  […]


Daniel French

Hailing from the San Gabriel Valley (east of East LA) Daniel Jesus French is the youngest of 3 siblings. He strums the jarana segunda, sings, MCs, & plays keys. A storyteller at heart Daniel has worked as playwright, poet, actor & oral historian. In the summer of 2011 he drove across the continent documenting his […]


David Flores

Requinto Jarocho Born and raised in East LA and the San Gabriel Valley, David Flores is the second oldest of 6 brothers and sisters. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University, Long Beach. When not studying, playing futbol or music, David loves taking his Chicano culture to […]


Hector Flores

  Vocals, Jarana, Zapateado   Born in City Terrace, Hector Flores grew up in the Pan-Asian – Chicano neighborhoods of San Gabriel Valley and East LA. The oldest of 6 kids, his mom is from Morelia, Michoacán and his pops is from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. Growing up Hector listened to Al Green, Ana […]


Jose Cano

Jose Cano’s main role in Las Cafeteras is percussion and at times contributes with the flute, requinto, harmonica and shouts out an occasional “yo no creo en fronteras”.  Originally from Oxnard CA, he started playing music in the middle school concert band and has since been involved in a number of bands playing anything from cumbia […]