• Thinking outside the borders: La Santa Cecilia – A band with a message

    La Santa Cecilia is set to rock CSU Monterey Bay’s University Center on Oct. 29.

    Coming off their recent Grammy win for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative/Urban Album,” La Santa Cecilia has enchanted its fans with diverse genres, powerful lyrical messages and colorful performances.

    Band members are accordionist and requintero José “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, and percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisol Hernandez, La Marisoul, who sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their love of music and openness to all genres led them to form La Santa Cecilia in 2007, named for the patron saint of musicians.

    Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala.

    In 2013, the band released its major label debut Treinta Dias (30 Days), which features a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Their new album, Someday New, features seven new tracks including the moving – and militant ICE – El Hielo.

    The band has emerged as a voice for traditionally voiceless and faceless immigrants. “La Santa Cecilia reflects a pivotal moment in the evolving cultural understanding of undocumented immigrants,” the Washington Post said of the band last year when it performed in the nation’s capital, pressing for reform of current immigrant laws.

    Showtime is 7 p.m. in the University Center, located on Sixth Avenue at B Street. General admissions tickets are $20; students $10; children $5. Discounts are available for seniors and military members. Tickets can be purchased on the World Theater website at http://worldtheater.csumb.edu or by calling the box office 582-4580.

    Parking permits are required and may be purchased from a machine on the lot or online at http://parking.csumb.edu/buy-permit Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.edu/maps.

    The LA-based quartet ‘La Santa Cecilia’ is at the forefront of a wave of new, young groups that show the multicultural mix and hybrid nature of Latin music in the United States today.
    – BBC News

    La Santa Cecilia has become a critical darling.
    – The Wall Street Journal

    It’s an eclectic mixture meant to get listeners dancing and thinking at the same time.
    – New York Times

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 23, 2014

    Topics: Arts & Music, Front PG News

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