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Curated by The Reverend Shawn Amos

Friday, May 12, 2023

Tickets starting at $20

Our signature series of blues rhythms returns to light up the night. Dance, drink, and dare to be a regular at our Friday night series on the plaza and in The Edye.

Mento Buru is a 7-piece band, combining an energetic blend of Latin rhythms, Jamaican SKA, jazz, funk, and reggae creating a truly unique live musical experience. Formed in 1992, Mento Buru has become a staple of the California music scene performing to an ever-growing fan base throughout the state. The band has shared stages with everyone from Buck Owens, Los Lobos, WAR, The Specials, Fishbone, Poncho Sanchez, and countless others.


Join us for our upcoming blackbox series!

Mento Buru: May 12

Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band: June 23

Mento Buru is a 7-piece band that combines Latin alternative sounds, Jamaican SKA, rock, funk, Latin jazz, and reggae creating a genre defying live musical experience.

What started out as just a bunch of friends jamming for backyard parties in 1992, has evolved into a cross-cultural phenomenon all over California! Born during the ska craze and grunge era of the early 90s and signed to the Moon Ska and Steadybeat Recordings labels, Mento Buru was all about having fun playing the music we love with some of the best musicians in the area. Over the years, the group has shared stages with artists as diverse as The Specials, Fishbone, Poncho Sanchez, Los Lobos, WAR, The Aquabats, MALO, Ozomatli, Wailing Souls, Salvador Santana, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, and countless others in the reggae, jazz, ska, and rock world! Venues include BB Kings, The Whisky, The Roxy, The Fox Theater, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, Temblor Brewing, countless SoCal and west coast venues, and every dive bar in Bakersfield from Jerry's Pizza, Bam Bam's, Fishlips to The Gate and every backyard beer bash held in every corner of the county limits.

Many band alumni have gone onto great careers on the world stage including: Keyboardist Dennis Hamm (Thundercat), Marcos Reyes (WAR), Rudy Parris (The Voice, The Buckaroos), and Mike Ransom (Adema).

Following the overwhelming response to the group's first holiday EP "East Bakersfield Christmas" in 2020, the band released "Skalloween" a 6-song tribute to Bakersfield music icons Buck Owens and Ronnie Cook available NOW at all digital streaming platforms! 

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