La Raza has hosted hundreds of live music acts and dj’s. Here is a few of our regular artists, check the live listings for upcoming performances.
Booga’s Electric Sauce
Booga (pictured here) and his band “Electric Sauce” have been performing at La Raza now since 2004 and still pack the place to the rafters every time. The best advice we can give is arrive early to make sure you can get in!
The rest of the band varies but the classic line up is: Booga – lead guitar, Alex Reeves – Drums, Sam Grimley – Keys, Tiffany Gore – Vocalist and Louis on Bass.
Expect to hear funked out covers of everything from Rage against the machine to N.E.R.D. and Stevie Wonder.
The soul singer and songwriter based in England known as Myles Sanko has released his debut EP record album, titled, “Born in Black & White,” to broad critical and fan acclaim. The album consists of seven original funk and soul tracks written and performed by Sanko, himself, for a total playing time of approximately 22 minutes. The record is composed and played in the style of soul greats such as Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Al Green and James Brown, all of whom Sanko names openly and proudly as his main musical influences. A stop-to-finish work of deep, deep groove and jazzy musical perfection, “Born in Black & White” is certain to be the first in a long, long line of remarkable and wonderful solo releases from Sanko to come.
Very shortly after its inception, Pete Moore joined Fat Poppadaddys after pestering founder Christian Mayne at his residencies in Cambridge. A DJ (at least in his bedroom) from the age of 14, he quickly moved from playing Jungle (booyaka!) and Drum & Bass into more funky styles. Stevie Wonder & James Brown became staples of his musical diet, quickly moving on to Brazilian and 60′s Jazz. The eclectic style of Fat Poppadaddys turned him back on to Indie and it soon started creeping into his DJ sets. Expect to hear a raft of funk, 60′s soul, reggae, indie, hip hop, drum & bass, electro, brass band versions of big tunes and curveballs that’ll have you saying “I remember that!”, before throwing some mad shapes on the dancefloor… no chin scratching! You can catch Pete DJing most Saturdays at La Raza.
Sara Mitra Quartet
A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Sara Mitra’s music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues.
“Just phenomenal Emotional/vocal strength, energy, joy and a dream-band” Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News.
Her music has already garnered significant airplay across the jazz/soul/alternative network, featuring on Jamie Cullum for BBC Radio 2, Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and Dom Servini’s award-winning Wah Wah 45’s monthly broadcast.
‘Swagger’ are a friendly and professional function band from Cambridge, UK. With years of experience on the circuit and heaps of raw talent, they approach every gig with a passion for the greatest tunes of ANY decade.
Matt Start and Owen Chambers front the band with an impressive display of musical versatility. Both excellent singers, they compliment each other’s voices with vocal harmonies, percussion and by trading places on the piano. Owen also brings a few additional layers to the performance – modern synth sounds, acoustic guitar and the occasional trumpet solo. Matt and Owen’s energy and vocal flexibility allows Swagger to offer a much broader repertoire than most ensembles whilst still doing justice to the originals. Joe Taylor (Drums and Backing Vocals) and Tiago Coimbra (Bass) provide a solid funk groove and ensure that the blues-rocking of Vess Popov (Guitar) comes back down to earth eventually.
This eclectic mix of musicians and musical tastes has entertained audiences across the UK for many years, amassing a strong local following in addition to a broad portfolio of private and corporate clients. No matter the occasion, Swagger always give an energetic and memorable performance that is sure to resonate with every one of your guests. See them live for the full experience or get in touch for bookings.
Check out photos, videos, recordings and more at www.swaggerfunk.com or text ‘GIGS SWAGGER’ to 82085 for updates regarding Swagger’s upcoming gigs. Texts cost the normal network rate and are FREE to receive.
Funk Nation ‘Funk What Ya Heard’
This is the best Funk – Soul – Disco club night in Cambridge!
Cambridge has been missing something and what we at La Raza believe that to be is a real soul get-down where people can free their inhibitions and feel like they belong to something cool again. Funk Nation takes place on the last Friday of every month from 9pm till 2am. Resident DJ’s and special guests from all over the world come together to share their amazing vinyl collection to create an electric vibe. This is not just another wanna-be soul night but fast becoming a social gathering of like minded people wanting to be part of a movement.
Price: £5 before 11pm – £6 after
For £3 guest list till 11pm, text Funk Nation and full names to 07766747319.
What started as a trio has now become a family of seven talented musicians.
With five guitars, four voices, bass, and an occasional percussion, Inna Lights perform a mix of stripped down acoustic covers and original material. Playing on the last Wednesday of every month, they provide chilled out acoustic, funk, reggae and raw soulful tunes, perfect to accompany your dinner, a few cocktails and a dance.
Inna Lights have joined forces with the Cambridge Scotch Egg Company to bring you a night of delicious food and music.
Come and celebrate with us at the final event of the Festival, with the hugely original and entertaining The Brass Funkeys, a 9 piece band playing everything from New Orleans to Hip Hop. Technically gifted and great fun, they are sure to get the party going as we draw the Cambridge Jazz Festival to a riotous close!
Boasting a set up of Sousaphone, Trombones, Trumpets, Saxophones and Percussion, the Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and brass driven funk.
Reggae, hip hop, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.
Sit, eat, drink, dance! Enjoy an evening of intriguing twists on many well known, and indeed not so well known covers, fused with dashes of original material and the odd experimental loop for good measure. Owen will play where the mood takes him. A comfortable blend of swelling ballad-esque moments, and more upbeat “fun time” vibes, all from behind a piano, with occasional collaborating guest performers.