Los Straitjackets is an American instrumental rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1988. Originally comprising guitarists Danny Amis (formerly of Raybeats) and Eddie Angel and drummer L. J. “Jimmy” Lester under the name The Straitjackets, the band split up soon after forming and reunited as Los Straitjackets in 1994 with the addition of bassist E. Scott Esbeck. Esbeck left the band in 1998 and was replaced by Pete Curry; drummer Jason “Teen Beat” Smay replaced co-founding member Lester in 2005. Danny Amis is currently undergoing cancer treatment and has been temporarily replaced by Gregorio el Grande as co-lead guitarist.
Krudas is Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes, both Cuban natives. They met in 1995 doing Stilt Theater and established Krudas in 1999.
Krudas can best be described as a movement for “womyn” (the feminist/lesbian/political variation of “woman” or “women”) within the LGBTQ community. They radiate Cuban culture and are a cultural and political voice infused with Cuban hip-hop and a dose of reality. They rap fearlessly and boldly, and their music is an eclectic mix of reggae, Cuban soul, Latin heart, and musical activism.
Prendes affirms: “Our message is about queer people, emigrants, womyn and people of color united, defending our rights. We dedicated our art to all the good people for justice, peace and for the resistance by matriarchal cultures to continue the eternal struggle to life in balance.”