La Santa Cecilia
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passersby on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon that defies musical and cultural boundaries. Named after the patron saint of music, La SantaCecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and vocalist ‘LaMarisoul’.
With a captivating voice that sings about love, loss, and every day struggles, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but still close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.
They have won a Grammy; toured from coast to coast; collaborated with legends including Elvis Costello, Bunbury, Fito Paez; appeared on Conan; and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Pepe Aguilar.Their upcoming 2017 performances include a show at the Hollywood Bowl in LosAngeles with Cafe Tacuba and Mon Laferte.
La Santa Cecilia burst into the scene in 2011 with the release of their debut album Noche y Citas. This album gave them their first nomination at the Latin GrammyAwards for the single La Negra. It was also with this release that they first voiced their sympathy and support for various human rights movements, and have since used their music to openly support these causes.
They followed that album with the eclectic El Valor in 2012, which was name done of the best albums of the year by NPR’s Alt Latino.This was followed by their major label debut Treinta Días. The album was recorded in 2013 and showed the band moving in a more sophisticated direction, while holding true to themselves. They combined cumbia, reggae, soul, tango,and their L.A. spice to create an album that went on to win the Grammy for BestLatin Rock Album, Alternative or Urban in 2014.
The album featured the anthem “ICE (El Hielo),” which brought to light the struggle of undocumented immigrants in the US. The compelling video for thesong humanized the controversial topic of immigration. It received accolades frommajor media outlets around the country, and was nominated for Video Of TheYear at Premios Lo Nuestro.
In 2014, La Santa Cecilia followed the award winning Treinta Dias with the EPSomeday New, which included their unique version of “Strawberry FieldsForever.” They presented the video for the song at the LULAC (League of UnitedLatin American Citizens) luncheon in New York, accompanied by none other thanformer First Lady Michelle Obama. La Marisoul had the honor of singing thenational anthem to the over 1,500 Latino leaders in attendance. Later thatsummer, the band played the sold out Reventón festival for over 20,000 people.
On March 27th of that same year, the band opened the legendary Vive Latino festival. La Santa Cecilia’s music then hit the big screen. They recorded the song “Tu VidaEs Un Escenario” for the award-winning film Cantinflas, and collaborated with two-time Grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla on “The Apology Song” for the animated hit film “The Book of Life,” directed by Mexican director Guillermo delToro.
The band’s songs have also appeared in popular TV shows like Weeds,Entourage, and The Bridge.
La Marisoul was also featured as a guest performer on Pepe Aguilar’s MTVUnplugged, which turned out to be the first Unplugged by a Ranchero artist. Pepe Aguilar later invited La Santa Cecilia on stage at the National Auditorium inMexico. She was also invited to sing with The Roots and Elvis Costello on theirhighly acclaimed album Wise Up Ghost.
In 2015, the band released the song “I Won’t Cry For You,” produced by 17-timeGrammy award-winner Sebastian Krys. The song is a fusion of traditional swingand norteño, continuing LSC’s long tradition of genre-bending music.
“Calaverita” was released that fall. The song is a tribute to the great Mexicantradition of the “Day of the Dead” – in celebration and of those we’ve lost.
The band ended the year with a momentous appearance on Late Night withConan O’ Brien, where they played the new single “I Won’t Cry For You.” In January of 2016, the band played Peter Buck’s “Todos Santos Festival” in BajaCalifornia, only to be joined on stage by none other than Led Zeppelin’s own JohnPaul Jones on electric mandolin for a special rendition of “La Morena.”
Buenaventura was released February 26, 2016 and is an album in which LaSanta Cecilia express their gratitude for making music, traveling and performing throughout the world, and living a life filled with love and music. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Pop/Rock Album category, and was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Latin Urban, Rock or Alternative” category.The album includes the rousing anti-violence anthem “Nunca Mas” which was performed at the 2016 Latin American Music Awards and Hispanic Heritage Awards.
In January of 2017, the band again broke new ground by recording a unique visual album of traditional Mexican and Latin American music titled Amar y Vivir. The 12 song set was recorded entirely live in 5 days in the streets, bars, and parks of Mexico City. The visual album is an exploration of the bands roots and counts with the collaboration of the iconic Mexican singer Eugenia Leon, Chilean star Mon Laferte and the legendary Mariachi America amongst others.