Cabildo is a West Michigan based alternative Latin rock collective that delivers a unique blend of cumbia, ska, folk and other genres of music from Latin and South America.
Cabildo roughy means Town Hall in Spanish. Historically, cabildos were gathering places located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. They doubled as locations where African slaves could play traditional chants and drum parts. These were passed on through generations during Spanish colonization and continue to live on in today’s modern music.
The Luna Blues Machine
Founded in 2001, The Luna Blues Machine made a home at Subterranean’s popular Open Mic Night fusing hip-hop, soul, latin, and folk in their music. Their feel-good rhythms, engaging stories, tight harmonies and charismatic hooks makes the LBM stand out as one of the most experimental acoustic musical acts based and working in Chicago. Most songs are originals and some songs are in Spanish
Fronted by sisters Belinda and Maritza Cervantes (guitar and mandolin) and accompanied by John “Hippie” Germinaro (bass) the band released their self-titled studio album in 2009.
The Luna Blues Machine won Underground Wonder Bars Battle of the bands in 2006, were featured as part of The Great Performers of Illinois in 2006 and 2007, were declared “The Hardest Working Band in Chicago” by Gozamos.com in 2010 and as “Chicago’s Very Own” for Hispanic Heritage month by WGN’s Adelante Chicago in 2011.
In 2012, their single Roots Run Deep was included as part of the Ten x Ten Project; a collaboration between visual artists and musicians throughout Chicago and also performed in Howard Zinn’s The People Speak, Live! at The Metro Chicago.
The band was honored in being invited to play at The Gathering of Nations PowWow and Miss Indian World Pageant in Albuquerque, New Mexico in both 2013 and 2015 which sprouted their latest live album, The Luna Blues Machine: Live
at The Gathering of Nations.
Most recently, The Luna Blues Machine was named the winners of Moe’s Tavern Battle of the Bands in March 2017 and is working on their second studio release.
The LBM has had the pleasure of playing great Chicago venues such as: the Elbo Room, Funky Buddha Lounge, Goose Island, Chicago Cultural Center, The Hot House, Subterranean, The Morseland, Green Dolphin Street, Red Line Tap, Navy Pier and The Taste of Chicago to name a few.