For Immediate Release: La Santa Cecilia: 2014/2015 Season Kick-Off Event

Escondido, California — :

Center Theater @ The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $25 – $35 / Time: 7:30 pm

“La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show.” -NPR

“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

“La Santa Cecilia already has savored the kind of breakout year that can turn an emerging act into a headliner.” – LA Times

Escondido, CA — 2014 GRAMMY® Award-Winning Latin pop/rock band La Santa Cecilia is set to rock The Center Theater as they launch The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 season on Friday, October 10, 2014. Hot off their recent GRAMMY® win for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative/Urban Album”, the buzzy La Santa Cecilia has enchanted a dedicated fanbase with their singular mash-up of diverse genres, powerful lyrical messages, and wildly colorful performances. On the day-of-the-show, fans are encouraged to come early and visit the Museum’s special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte, featuring 15 large sculptures from Tren de la Historia (El Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City) and 30 sculptures and artifacts from the Mingei International Museum. Two designers from the Department of Architecture at the University of Tijuana CUT are also contributing a monumental altar commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passing of Mexican Nobel Prize winner, Octavio Paz. The Museum is open Thursdays – Saturdays (10AM – 4PM), and Sundays (1PM- 4PM). Tickets are $8, and more info is available on

*Interviews and hi-res photos of La Santa Cecilia are available upon request.

Consisting of lead vocalist Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez, accordionist and requintero José “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, and percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez, La Santa Cecilia epitomizes the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and international music. Known for their electrifying live sets, the group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer music.

The group’s collective love of notable musicians across many genres, including Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, and Mercedes Sosa, has brought much exploration, using traditional instruments in non-traditional ways to create a distinct sound that extends well-beyond the boundaries of the Latin genre.

La Santa Cecilia’s first album, Noches Y Citas (2011), immediately put the band on the musical map. Two tracks, “El Farol” and “Chicle”, were featured on HBO’s Entourage, and the group made an on-camera appearance on the show. Another song, “La Negra”, which was produced by four-time American GRAMMY® and eight-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Sebastian Krys (Shakira, Ricky Martin), earned a Latin GRAMMY® nomination. The breakout album was then followed-up by 2012’s El Valor, featuring several standout original compositions and a sultry cover of Ed Cobb’s, “Tainted Love”.


2013 marked a significant milestone for La Santa Cecilia when they were signed to a major label record deal for the release of their third full-length studio album, Treinta Días (30 Days), which won the 2014 GRAMMY® Award. The album features an incredibly captivating collaboration with Elvis Costello on the track “Losing Game”, as well as the hugely popular and candid “El Hielo”. Hielo is Spanish for ice, the initials of the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency; the song offers an empathetic portrayal of Latino immigrants living in fear of deportation.

The band’s latest album, Someday New (Release Date: March 3, 2014), showcases seven new tracks and two covers, including the unforgettable New Mexican classic “Como Dios Manda” and the Spanglish rendition of “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The video for “Strawberry Fields Forever” recently premiered, paying tribute to the global pop influence of The Beatles and showing support for migrant agricultural workers. As a band comprised of immigrant dreamers and the first generation children of immigrants, the iconic song has been a long-time staple of the band’s live set. To include the classic on a recording, La Santa Cecilia demonstrates a clear cross-cultural fusion, an outgoing respect for those who toil to bring food to our tables, and an emotional connection to John Lennon’s own fight against deportation.

La Santa Cecilia has performed at countless venerable festivals and venues including Bonnaroo, SXSW, The Kennedy Center, The Fillmore, and the Chicago World Music Festival. They’ve shared the bill with LA’s Ozomatli in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and performed alongside Latin music legends Susana Baca and Ely Guerra, as well as with Raphael Saadiq at the 2014 GRAMMY® Benefit Party. The band also held a two-week residence with the LA Philharmonic sponsored children’s show Summer Sounds, where they performed songs and educated the community on their very own cultural treasures. La Santa Cecilia shares a spirited, personal message as they charm critics, audiences, and peers alike across the country with their distinctive sound.

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