¡Chicha Libre!


“Chicha is a term used in some regions of South and Central America for several varieties of fermented and non-fermented beverages, many derived from maize,[1] including corn beer known as chicha de jora and non-alcoholic beverages such as chicha morada. Chichas can also be made from manioc root (also called yuca or cassava), grapeapple or various other fruits. Chicha may also be corn juice beer.”


What with all the talk of beard transplants and the (some-say) DeBlasio funded ultra right-wing hipster death squads roaming the streets of Williamsburg and Bushwick in the pre-dawn hours of the feathered night, one might forgive a body for relegating old New York to the back of the line when it comes to being on the forefront of culture. Is New York really dead?

Eh, who knows?

It’s none of our business really anyway and we’re just trying to scrape by. The squandering of one’s precious, saved and hard-earned kopeks on things like beer and a night on the town is no longer taken lightly. Indeed, we’d been meaning to check out Chicha Libre for some time now…they used to have a little blurb about them in the Village Voice, describing their style as, “psychedelic…cumbia fermented in Peru’s Amazonian rainforests during the ’70s.” Righteous stuff man and little Chicha Libre did not dissapoint. Rumor has it that they play bar Barbès every Monday at 9:30pm. So check them out if you’re into checking out things like that and care to soak up some weird, choice tunes while surfing the wave of gentrification and wondering if indeed old New York is dead.

Chicha Libre

@ Barbes Mondays 9:30 pm
376 9th St.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(347) 422 0248

Someday a real rain will come and wash all the bearded scum off the streets..


P1030626<——- lil’ Richie making real Chicha from mashed yucca in the high Amazon.

And not to forget our sacred sampling of chicha from the Peruvian highlands!


…so many moons ago


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