Tijuana gypsy-polka-tango band La Ballena de Jonas (Jonas' Whale) is the musical equivalent to a runaway trek on the Trans-Siberian Railway. They've made stops at San Diego's Kava Lounge, Soda Bar and the Casbah, where the crowd always seems to wind up amazed because it's the last sound they'd expect to come from norteñotown/mariachilandia. At least one person in the audience never fails to blurt out, "For real? These guys are from TJ?"
On Thursday they'll share the stage at CECUT with the Baja California Orchestra. Wows.