Friday, October 6 in the Ballroom Marfa Courtyard
Ballroom Marfa welcomes Dos Santos to Marfa for a performance in the Ballroom Marfa courtyard on Friday, October 6, 2023, in celebration of Ballroom’s 20th year anniversary and the opening of Perhaps the Truth. Doors open at 8:30 and the show is free and open to all ages.
Dos Santos is a Chicago-based alt-Latinx band made up of bandleader Alex Chávez, drummer Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, percussionist Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis.
Their sound has a foundation in traditional rhythms from across Latin and South America, among them cumbia (which originated in Colombia, influenced by Indigenous and African peoples) and chicha (an Andean fusion of psychedelic rock, cumbia, and the huayno music of the Quechua). They reconfigure these mainstays in combination with their members’ personal influences—jazz, Mexican folkloric genres, punk rock, and salsa, and psychedelia to name a few—and in the process upend stereotypes of Latine music.
The band’s mission is to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, migration, and contemporary human struggle.
City of Mirrors
“A sweeping epic of Latin American rhythms and borderland poetry . . . The album is a loving melange of tradition, spirituality, and odes to a Latinx diaspora…” — Bandcamp
Cinematic in its journey, the album reflects sounds from across the Americas combined with compelling poetic narratives. Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and their penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, migration, and contemporary human struggle. Chavez articulates beautifully: “City of Mirrors is an assemblage…glimpses of tradition… reflections on our collective present… luminous echoes between love and solitude, hope and absurdity, euphoria and mourning. This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor—too much real staring back at us. We embody the border. We (our families) have crossed it. We (our stories) are coated with its residues. And so… we cross the border of self through our art – out of necessity.”
The five began working on City of Mirrors without any expectation of what it would be. They simply hoped to create an honest, unique, and border-defying but broadly communicable sound. To achieve this, they decided to incorporate a sixth member. That led to City of Mirrors being recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of artist, producer, and longtime friend of the band Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO).
“Dos Santos’ lyrics reflect current cultural shifts, just as their music merges the past with the present. This satisfies a yearning felt by many BIPOC to connect their daily lived experience with their roots. For Latine folks in Chicago and beyond, City of Mirrors reflects our heritage and our lineage, and reminds us that we’re an ancient people—we’re still here, and this is what we’re going through.” — Chicago Reader
“City Of Mirrors . . . feels like it’s perpetually building and expanding . . . the bolts are tighter than ever on this project — and the subject matter is weighty & pressing, marking an imaginative step forward for a band that’s never limited itself to begin with. — Rolling Stone
“City of Mirrors . . . reflects a band convinced that artistic ideas and political ones are not necessarily at odds, but different sides of the same truth. A relentlessly kaleidoscopic mosaic of novel sound pairings propelled by Latin rhythms, the album evokes the crisp air, soft color, and enveloping warmth of a greenhouse.” — Pitchfork
This concert is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher; Virginia Lebermann & Family; Lebermann Foundation; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; the Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club; and Ballroom Marfa members.
Special thanks to Russell Brantley | 33 & West, The Capri, and Marfa Recording Co.