Chicano Batman push forward with politically-charged, progressive music as their national tour continues

Chicano Batman is a four-piece band based of out Los Angeles, California. The band is known for their unique blend of 70’s psychedelic rock and romantic pop. During live performances, they’re appropriately dressed in 70s style vintage suits with ruffled shirts, as if they are playing for a wedding.

Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman has released several EPs and three full-length albums, with “Freedom is Free” being their latest. They have been on tour with the Alabama Shakes and Jack White. Chicano Batman has also performed several times at the Coachella Music Festival.

Chicano Batman at Tropicalia Festival. Photo by Natalie Baeza.

Along with playing music, Chicano Batman has been a front-runner in speaking out against bigotry and oppression. Their politically charged “Freedom is Free” music video is a perfect example of the message they’re trying to convey. In the video, the band members are held captive and tortured.

The video was filmed and directed by Carl Zitelmann, a Latin Grammy award-winning director. Zitelmann described the video as “the purpose of showing the band both peacefully and defiantly in a circumstance as extreme as being tortured by drowning was exactly that: you can take away the air from me, but you can’t change ME.”

UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 17 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW One Pasadena
June 29 – Lawrence, KS – Lawrence, KS
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
July 01 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
July 02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café
July 05 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
July 07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 08 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
July 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
July 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Jul 14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 15 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
July 16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
July 29 – Camden, NJ – Xponential Festival
Sept 17 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael is a St. Louis based concert photographer and urban explorer. If he's not in the photo pit, he's usually exploring urban decay and abandoned buildings in North St. Louis. Check out his work on instagram.com/izzyspazzin.

Chicano Batman push forward with politically-charged, progressive music as their national tour continues

Chicano Batman is a four-piece band based of out Los Angeles, California. The band is known for their unique blend of 70’s psychedelic rock and romantic pop. During live performances, they’re appropriately dressed in 70s style vintage suits with ruffled shirts, as if they are playing for a wedding.

Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman has released several EPs and three full-length albums, with “Freedom is Free” being their latest. They have been on tour with the Alabama Shakes and Jack White. Chicano Batman has also performed several times at the Coachella Music Festival.

Chicano Batman at Tropicalia Festival. Photo by Natalie Baeza.

Along with playing music, Chicano Batman has been a front-runner in speaking out against bigotry and oppression. Their politically charged “Freedom is Free” music video is a perfect example of the message they’re trying to convey. In the video, the band members are held captive and tortured.

The video was filmed and directed by Carl Zitelmann, a Latin Grammy award-winning director. Zitelmann described the video as “the purpose of showing the band both peacefully and defiantly in a circumstance as extreme as being tortured by drowning was exactly that: you can take away the air from me, but you can’t change ME.”

UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 17 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW One Pasadena
June 29 – Lawrence, KS – Lawrence, KS
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
July 01 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
July 02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café
July 05 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
July 07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 08 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
July 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
July 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Jul 14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 15 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
July 16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
July 29 – Camden, NJ – Xponential Festival
Sept 17 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

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