On tour: Chicano Batman | 05.02.24, Delmar Hall

Photo of Chicano Batman by Josue Rivas

w/ Lido Pimienta | 8:00pm | 6133 Delmar Blvd. | All ages | $28 adv., $30 day of show

If you’ve had the good fortune to catch Chicano Batman on one of their previous passes through St. Louis—perhaps when opening for The Lennon Claypool Delirium or sweating through a sunny set at LouFest in 2016, or with Amasa Hines at the Ready Room in 2018—you might recall their 1960s lounge/wedding band aesthetic of the past: powder blue tuxedos, fully ruffled shirts, bowties, etc. Their scheduled return to St. Louis in 2020 with Le Butcherettes was one of my most-anticipated shows of that year. Alas, that glorious bill, along with The Ready Room itself, turned out to be one of the many losses during Covid Year 1. 

After years of patiently waiting, we can finally welcome Chicano Batman to our city once again. The band has seen some significant changes in the intervening years and currently tour as a three-piece, as drummer Gabriel Villa has not been active with the band since their 2020 album, Invisible People. Their look and sound have also evolved since then, with the newest album, Notebook Fantasy, introducing some heavy reverb, newer synth and electronic elements, sun-kissed ’70s gold and fringe, and vocals from bassist Eduardo Arena. The overall feeling, however, remains true to the groovy peace, love, and understanding you expect from Chicano Batman.

The cover artwork to Chicano Batman’s Notebook Fantasy

For the St. Louis show, I was thrilled to learn they will be joined by the dazzling Lido Pimienta. The Colombian-Canadian artist brings vibrant energy, colorful couture, and lively vocals to deliver powerful messages about hearts and minds, primarily en Español. Her expression bears some striking similarities with Björk, whom she has noted as an influence and inspiration—in sight, sound, and fantastic vision.

Both Chicano Batman and Lido Pimienta embody thoughtful creativity and sincerity in every aspect of their work, promising a night of artistry that delivers on the visual, poetic, and musical fronts. The two acts have been promoting this tour in joint appearances in social media, and their powers combined promise to thrum with the energy of so many well-charged crystals. | Courtney Dowdall

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Chicano Batman Tour Dates

04.24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre*

04.25 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall*

04.26 – Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest @ The Far Out Lounge*

04.27 – Dallas, TX – The Factory*

04.28 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues*

05.01 – Bentonville, AR – The Momentary*

05.02 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall*

05.03 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl*

05.04 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival

05.07 – Richmond, VA – The National*

05.08 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

05.09 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel*

05.10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*

05.11 – North Adams, MA – Hunter Center Mass MoCa*

05.12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*

05.15 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone*

05.16 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*

05.17 – Chicago, IL – Salt Shed*

05.18 – Minneapolis, MN – Uptown Theater*

06.20 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre*

06.21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater*

06.22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory*

06.24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*

06.25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*

06.26 – Taos, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

06.28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

06.29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum*^

06.30 – San Francisco, CA – TBA

08.29 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolhuistuin

08.31 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Psych Fest

09.03 – London, UK – Lafayette

09.04 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie


* Lido Pimienta

^ The Red Pears

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