About the Band | Quienes Somos

Elena & Los Fulanos came together on the streets of DC’s rapidly changing neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, where working immigrant communities co-exist with young political and nonprofit leaders. That is where Elena was introduced to the District’s mariachi , son, and punk music crowds and met her future band members. Together we are part of the city’s growing indie and international music scene.

EleElenana Lacayo (vocals, guitar, banjo) grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She moved to the US to attend college in Indiana in 2002 and moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in advocacy upon graduation. After building a career centered on the passage of just national and state immigration laws, she transitioned to focus on music in 2012 and has been loving life ever since. | Elena Lacayo (canto, guitarra, banjo) se crió en Managua, Nicaragua. Se mudo a los Estados Unidos para ir a la universidad en 2002 y después de graduarse se mudo a Washington, DC para trabajar en temas de justicia social. Después de pasar varios anos ayudando a pasar leyes pro-inmigrantes a nivel nacional y estatal, cambio su enfoque para dedicarse plenamente a la música.

Graber Andrew Graber (drums) grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. He moved to DC in 2008, to work on educational and civil rights and also plays in the band Southern Problems. | Andrew Graber (baterías) creció en Severna Park, Maryland. Se mudo a Washington DC en 2008 para trabajar en derecho civiles y educación.  También esta en el grupo de punk llamado Southern Problems.

Danny Cervantes (vocals, Dannyviolin, ukulele, other small, stringed instrument) grew up in Los Angeles, California where he was part of mariachi groups from a very young age. After attending Stanford University, he moved to DC to work in politics. He is also in the Mexican folk band Los Gallos Negros where he plays even more small, stringed instruments. | Danny Cervantes (violín, canto, ukulele) es de Los Ángeles, California donde desde muy joven toco música en grupos de mariachi. Después de graduarse de la Universidad de Standford, se mudo a Washington para trabajar en políticas. También fundo el grupo folklórico Los Gallos Negros.

DanDan Schwartz (bass) is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He moved to DC after receiving his MFA in Creative Writing in Vancouver, Canada. He is also in the punk band, Southern Problems. | Dan Schwartz (bajo) es de Takoma Park, Maryland. Se mudo a Washington después de completar su maestría en escritura en Vancouver, Canada. También es parte de la banda de punk llamada Southern Problems.

Craig KeenanCraig Keenan (vocals, guitar) grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. When he is not rocking the guitar, he can be found using his engineering degree by looking at sewer pipes that service the nation’s capitol. | Craig Keenan (guitarra, canto) es de Severna Park, Maryland. Cuando no esta tocando guitarra, lo puede encontrar trabajando como ingeniero examinando alcantarillas que servician a la ciudad de Washington, DC.

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