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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Announces Free Family Concerts

The 16-member Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, from Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco, open the ninth season of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!  at Isla Vista School at 7 pm on Friday, September 20. On Saturday, September 21, they travel to Guadalupe City Hall for concerts at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, returning to Santa Barbara to perform the the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Jr. High on Sunday, October 22, 4 pm and 7 pm.

Playing traditional style mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán have toured the world appearing in concerts and major festivals including Mariachi USA at the Hollywood Bowl, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles, as well as the famous “Encuentro internacional del mariachi y la charreria” in Guadalajara.

It is said that, if you are a Vega, you  “cannot learn to walk without first learning to dance,” and for more than five generations members of this emblamatic family have played, preserved and promoted the distinctive sound of son jarocho. The five members of the lastest generation who form Los Vega have carried on the tradition revitalizing it day by day and adding their own contemporary sound.  Los Vega have made four recordings and regularly tour Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Los Vega perform at Isla Vista School on Friday, October 18, at 7 pm, then at Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm, and at the Marjorie Luke Theatre on Sunday, October 20, at 7 pm.

Named “Best Latin Alternative Band of The Year” by L.A. Weekly in 2012, La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of music, exemplifies the modern creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music and their sound utilizes With deep roots in the immigrant community of Los Angeles, the young musicians of this band are not only inspired by their Latino heritage, but also their experiences of everyday life growing up in the U.S. Hear La Santa Cecilia on Friday, January 10, 7 pm at Isla Vista School, then follow them to north county for a performance at Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, January 11, 7:30 pm. Enjoy their final Viva concert at the beatiful Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara on Sunday, January 12, 7 pm.

Perla Batalla grew up listening to the changing styles and roots sounds of music from Latin America in her parents’ Venice Beach record shop – Discoteca Batalla – where LA immigrants gathered for music, conversation and spontaneous entertainment. Perla and friends and friends will take a look back at her Discoteca Batalla heritage with a program of songs from Mexico’s Golden Age including works by Agustín Lara and others at Isla Vista School on Friday, February 7, 7 pm, at Guadalupe City Hall, on Saturday, February 8, 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, February 9, 7 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.

The torch-bearers of the modern incarnation of Puerto Rico’s musical roots, Plena Libre travel from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for lively concerts on Friday, March 21, 7 pm at Isla Vista School on Saturday, March 22, 7:30 pm at Guadalupe City Hall, and on Sunday, 7 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The twelve virtuoso musicians of Plena Libre build their musical foundation on local elements of plena and bomba, styles which developed in the island barrios over a century ago and evolved to become a popular form of social expression. Layering polyrhythmic textures with percussion, distinctive vocals, piano, bass and horns, Plena Libre infuses their compositions with a deep sense of tradition.

Based on a vision of accessible cultural offerings for Santa Barbara County’s Latino communities, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings together diverse audiences at free famly events in neighborhood venues on five weekends each year. The program is a consortium of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, Isla Vista School, and UCSB Arts & Lectures, represented by co-ordinators Alíz Ruvalcaba, Graciela Parra, and Catherine Boyer. Volunteers from PTAs, the California Youth Corps, UCSB sororities and fraternities, and many others, join together to host and staff the events.

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