Chicano Rock Band Quetzal Kicks Off RCC Professional Touring Artist Series This Weekend

by Dave Emke September 28, 2017 at 11:30 am 23 Comments

Reston Community Center’s 2017-18 Professional Touring Artist Series kicks off Sunday with a performance by Grammy Award-winning Chicano rock band Quetzal.

According to a description provided on the band’s website:

Quetzal is the collaborative project of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion). The musical ensemble is influenced by an East L.A. rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk and fusions of international musics, and also one whose political vision is based in social activism, feminism and the belief that there is radical potential in expressive culture. During the past two decades, the musical force of Quetzal has created a unique cultural platform that has sounded against conditions of oppression and marginalization. On the 20th anniversary of their first flight, Quetzal introduces us to another sphere of being, one that challenges us to reimagine human life in relation to the other forms of life that we are so often connected to and through.

Tickets for the show, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-residents. The show will take place at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).

The show is also in celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, according to information provided by RCC.

The full 2017-18 Professional Touring Artist Series runs through June 2.

“This series brings you musicians from Guinea and Ukraine, bands from Los Angeles and Chicago, the political climate of American’s National Parks and the climate change of Jurassic Park, not to mention a secret octopus,” said Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC’s director of arts and events. “The arts are a signature element of what makes Reston such a great place to be. We invite you to share these indelible experiences and see why art and community intertwine so beautifully in Reston.”

  • Ugh

    According to a description provided on the band’s website, this band is everything that’s horrible about America in 2017.

    • Mike M

      They don’t like the US. I volunteer to help them pack.

      • Willie Reston

        Which part of the website led you to believe that?

        • IllegallyLivingInReston

          Mike isn’t very good at reading, don’t worry about him.

          • Mike M

            Actually I am not the one who said anything about the website. So, . . .
            about your reading?

          • IllegallyLivingInReston

            Do you just assume all nonwhite people hate America then?

          • Mike M

            Actually, they are classified by most as white. I believe that most Liberals hate their country. There is a pathology behind it. But if you look at the excerpt from their website provided by Reston Now you will see

          • IllegallyLivingInReston

            Which words trigger you? Was it “East L.A.” or “R&B”?

          • Mike M

            I used quotation marks a cut and pasted the words. I believe your reading skills are impaired by your hostile Liberal biases. HHNHH?

          • IllegallyLivingInReston

            In what loony universe is “political vision is based in social activism, feminism and . . .” equivalent to “don’t like the US”. I believe your civics education is impaired by your hostile Conservative nationalist biases. HHNHH?

          • Mike M

            That language is how hateful Liberals paint their hatred in righteous terms.

          • Willie Reston

            The logic of an irrationally fearful conservative: if you fight for equal rights and try to make our country a better place for everyone, you must hate America.

          • Mike M

            Psst! Everyone has equal rights. Congratulations, Willie! In fact, the pendulum has swung the other way in favor of special interests and minorities, thanks to the divisive tactics of the DNC. They have been cranking out the same message since 1965. The world has changed but they will never be happy because they found that divisiveness is good for them politically. Ever heard of Affirmative Action? Ever heard of “Disadvantaged Businesses?” Do you realize that the “N-Word” is perfectly acceptable in pop music so long as a black man is saying it? So is misogynistic language. If you are a recent immigrant you can get preferences for government contracts that your typical white male could not get.The list is long, dude. Open your eyes to the real world.

            Here’s the thing, equal rights is just that. Same for all. Race doesn’t matter. Gender doesn’t matter. Ethnicity doesn’t matter. It only matters now because leftists WANT it to matter. I think it is common sense to add that being a citizen or not DOES matter. We do not rule the world and we cannot afford to take in the world. So we do have to tend to that most basic of responsibilities – taking care of our own. So, I am also for controlled immigration. Citizens of the world are fools who will erase our sovereignty, bankrupt us, and ultimately deliver us to the not-so magnanimous foreign powers who mock them and their philosophy.

            The Left stokes the differences, Willie. They have you right where they want you and I am certain they OWN your vote. They’ll continue to cry oppression and they won’t stop until it stops working. Guess what? Trump ( and NOT the GOP) is a good indication that they are losing their magic. Increasingly Americans (except the NFL) are seeing what are their true interests and their interests don’t really differ by category.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            “As a Conservative nationalist I recognize victim/identity politics.”
            …including your own “victim/identity” politics, Mike?

            As a left-leaning Independent, it is not my goal to have anybody hate our wonderful country. On the other hand, I’ll welcome most anybody who makes a genuine effort to assimilate.

          • Mike M

            I have no victim identity politics. Even if you must say so. I don’t mind controlled and legal immigration so long as people intend to assimilate and not hate on their new country.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            “It is the dream of the Left to have all people of color hate their country.”

            That is a patently false statement, no matter how your paranoid perception of “identity” politics paints it.

            More importantly, most of your comments about race and ethnicity could hardly be construed as welcoming and unifying. Put another way, you’re strong on insulting and demeaning the “them” while going out of your way to identify the “us”.

            With that said, I admit that I have many less than charitable opinions about illegals in our midst. But I don’t seek to further balkanize our country just because I ridicule those who won’t respect our sovereignty.

          • Mike M

            I stand by my statement. The left wants minorities to feel separate and oppressed, even though they are not. This message is a mantra emanating from Democratic candidates for office at every level. You hear it from Cathy Hudgins, Ken Plum, the Governor, and you hear it from Hilary Clinton. The NFL recent misbehavior is a perfect example of the virus they have spread.

            I am for “us,” Americans. No apologies for that. I am not for criminal behavior. I also despise the anti-American fad among Liberals.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            “The left wants minorities to feel separate and oppressed, even though they are not.”

            Really? And just how would you know that? Did you ask the leaders of the illusive Leftist Cabal?

            From where I’m sitting it seems more like the left is trying to INCLUDE more people in our way of life, where as the right is trying to shut them out. Just look at the right’s actions on the Muslim ban. And did you notice that appalling lack of non-white faces amongst the delegates on the floor of the RNC Convention last year? If the right is so inclusive, why do there seem to be so few of them at any given Trump rally, or even most right wing rallies, except as protestors?

            I think you really need to take a good close look at the affect of right wing policies and positions on minorities.

          • Mike M

            You have been brainwashed. The “Muslim Ban” was aimed at countries selected by officials from the Obama administration. The “”Muslim Ban” did not affect most Muslim dominated countries. The term “Muslim Ban” is DNC propaganda promulgated by their allies in the media..

            I didn’t ask the cabal. I just read and listen to their words.

            I am no Republican. SECRET: Neither is Trump. Your brainwash has convinced you that everyone is a Dem or a Repub. Not true.

  • Adrian Havill

    Nice website. Should be sold out.

  • RVA_101

    Leave it to RestonNow commenters to bring politics into an article about music. Stay classy RestonNow

    • TheKingJAK

      A major point of the band is politics, obviously.

  • Freebird

    I cannot believe rock n roll creates so much controversy, must be a good show then


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