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Drive-In: Día de Los Muertos Concert – La Santa Cecilia with special guests Thee Sacred Souls & Los Montano

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Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Hosted by Cal State San Marcos, in partnership with Show Imaging. Generously Sponsored by KLQV Amor 102.9

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Win Tickets to See La Santa Cecilia!

One winner will be awarded tickets to see La Santa Cecilia at the Drive-In Cal State San Marcos. Here’s how to enter:

1) Show off your Dia de Los Muertos makeup and post it on IG

2) Tag @TheCCAE in your post or story

Winners will be picked on Thursday, October 29th, and be contacted on Instagram.

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Drive-In

Enjoy Dia de Los Muertos evening under the stars in a safe and socially distanced celebration.

Enter our Car Decorating Competition to win tickets to future Drive-In Shows!

Spread the Dia spirit and participate in our car decorating contest at the Drive-In to win tickets to future shows! If you wish to participate we ask that you arrive 2 hours prior to the show start time and have 90% of your car decorations completed prior to arrival. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges 30 minutes prior to the show start. 1st place winner will be awarded tickets to 3 shows at the Drive-In of their choice, 2nd place winner will be awarded tickets to 2 shows at the Drive-in, and 3rd place will be awarded tickets to 1 show at the Drive-in. Winners will be contacted on-sight and will receive a confirmation via text message.

5:30PM Pre-show performance by Escondido’s own, all Mexican band, LOS MONTAÑO!


La Santa cecilia

American band La Santa Cecilia is known for being 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.  The group plays in a blend of genres & styles cumbia, bossa nova, and boleros, and more.

La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passersby on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon who defies musical and cultural boundaries. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and vocalist ‘La Marisoul’.

La Santa Cecilia burst into the scene in 2011 with the release of their debut album Noche y Citas. The album gave them their first nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards for the single La Negra. The song voiced their sympathy and support for various human rights movements and have since used their music to openly support these causes.

The group has won a Grammy; toured 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. Other performance highlights include a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Cafe Tacvba and Mon Laferte.


Serendipity met its match with Thee Sacred Souls, rising to popularity quickly after a trio of friends caught the attention of record producers and concert-goers alike.. The San Diego band has a sound that hearkens back to the ’60s Motown and Stax record era. Thee Sacred Souls don’t just replicate what’s been done, they bring a fresh spin on the oldies, or as the soul music revival has come to be known “souldies”.

Inspired by the “souldies” around which they were reared, Alex Garcia and Sal Samano found chemistry when they began cutting bedroom demos of rhythm tracks together in 2019. Multi-instrumentalists both, Alex migrated from the guitar to the drums where he discovered the sensitive touch and unique feel that would be the pillowy pulse of the band’s sound, while Sal learned to carve winding bass lines through the deep spidery grooves of their vamps. 

Though the jams they created together were scintillating, it wasn’t until they connected with vocalist Josh Lane that the real sound of Thee Sacred Souls came into focus. Josh had recently relocated to San D. from Sacramento where he had studied singing, honing his voice into a weightless vehicle that could carry the Smokey-esque lyrics and Marvin-ous melodies he had bubbling within him. The connection was electric, Josh’s mellifluous poetry floating weightlessly atop Alex and Sal’s rhythms, and Thee Sacred Souls were born. 

Their first two releases, “Can I Call You Rose?”, a sumptuous love song, and “Weak for Your Love”, a chilling hard-hitter are both available online via streaming or for purchase on vinyl.



What your ticket purchase means to us

As the non-profit community & cultural heartbeat of North County San Diego, we depend on the generosity of arts-lovers like you to keep our organization vibrant and thriving.  Our members and patrons know that art & artists have the tools, talents, and gifts to heal our hearts and revive our community, even in the most difficult of times.  With your ticket purchase, you will join us in ensuring the cultural and artistic longevity of our beloved home community.


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Your ticket purchase funds the arts in our community

A portion of every ticket purchased goes to support Cal State San Marcos School of Arts an inclusive, collaborative community where artists, scholars, and students actively engage in developing artistic practices, critical thinking, cultural intelligence, and creativity.


Your ticket purchase supports our community

With your ticket purchase, you’ll help us raise up to $5,000 for the following organizations:

Escondido Community Foundation

Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce



Buy tickets online (below), or at the Center ticket office, or by calling 800.988.4253. The ticket office is open Tue. – Sat. 12–6 PM, and Sun. 12–5 PM.

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