(Update 04/19/13: Eddika of El Haru Kuroi and Zoom B will be guest vocalist tonight!)
When I ran into Gloria Estrada a couple of months ago at Tumbe’ in downtown LA, I was shocked to learn she had left La Santa Cecilia. Every member of that band is a virtuoso of their craft and I was always in awe of her electrifying guitar riffs and solos. My curiosity where she will take her music next will be answered this Friday, April 19, when she performs with her new group, Viento Callejero, at the weekly Cumbia Fridays at MBar in Boyle Heights. The one thing I love about LA’s diverse, hard-working independent music scene is the cross-pollination between bands and members who are often playing in 2 or 3 other bands and Viento Callejero is no exception, with Gloria joined by Gabriel Villa of Chicano Batman and Federico Zuniga Jr. of Sistema Bomb. There’s a great writeup about the band on Remezcla.com. Here’s a sneak preview of the band’s electro-cumbia sound and more info here on their Facebook event.