Tues. 3/5: “¡Muévelas!” Interview Previews QUITAPENAS’ ¡Viva el Arte! Residency, 3/8-10

text by Ted Coe

04 March, 2024

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Presents QUITAPENAS (3/8-10)

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is a collaboration between UCSB Arts & Lectures, The Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, and the Isla Vista School Parent Teacher Association serving Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Guadalupe and New Cuyama.

This coming weekend, March 8th through March 10th, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is hosting QUITAPENAS in this area. Here’s more information about their three scheduled engagements.

Vi, 8 de marzo | Fri, Mar 8 | 7 PM | Isla Vista Elementary
Sa, 9 de marzo | Sat, Mar 9 | 7 PM | Guadalupe City Hall
Do, 10 de marzo | Sun, Mar 10 | 6 PM | Marjorie Luke Theatre

Each event is ticketless / free, and open to the public.

Last week, Tío Chuy conducted a special QUITAPENAS interview, which will air on the Tuesday, March 5th edition of his weekly program “¡Muévelas!” (6-8am). Tune in for selections of their work, and for more background on this fascinating musical collaboration.

QUITAPENAS is a “tropical Afro-Latin combo… born under the warm California sun. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means ‘to remove worries.’ Everybody has a ‘pena’ and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.

QUITAPENAS was founded in 2011. The band was formed around their shared love of dance rhythms from the Tropical Afro Latin diaspora. They assembled a group of like minded friends to share the vision that went on to be QUITAPENAS. The group is made up of first generation son’s of immigrant parents from Guatemala and Mexico.”

“¡Muévelas!” with Tío Chuy airs on Tuesdays in the Winter from 6-8am PT on KCSB-FM 91.9. Streaming live at KCSB.org//listen.

An on-demand, archival recording follows for two weeks thereafter at this URL here: