Reviews – September 2012

Viva La Tradicion! A Tribute to Nati Cano y Los Camperos
Presented by Colibri Entertainment
SAT September 15 @ 8PM

Now that mariachi music is heard everywhere it’s hard to imagine a time when it was next to unknown in the U.S. Nati Cano and his Camperos played a major role in its mushrooming popularity. This story is told from his beginnings in Mexico through his establishment of L.A.’s La Fonda restaurant, collaboration with Linda Ronstadt and massively popular touring show Fiesta Navidad. Folklor Pasión Mexicana, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando and, of course, Los Camperos, portray the life of this charismatic musician.

Lila Downs – Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8pm
Luckman fine Arts Complex

Known for her striking voice and magnetic performances, Mexican singer and composer Lila Downs has created one of the most singular explorations of Mexican roots music on both sides of the border; and in the process has become one of the most internationally renowned world music artists. The daughter of an American professor and a Mixtec cabaret singer, Downs came of age in both countries. By studying folk Mexican rhythms and native dialects and blending them with American folk, blues, and rock, Downs has created a unique body of work. A Latin Grammy Award-winner, Lila Downs’ vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her.

Concierto Fiesta Mexicana X
Presented by Star Entertainment & Education Group and Raúl Ruiz
SAT September 29 @ 7PM

Los Angeles’ Mexican heritage is alive and well as Star Entertainment celebrates the 10th anniversary of their signature concert, Fiesta Mexicana! The sensational Mariachi Monumental de América, directed by Juan José Almaguer will once again interpret the best of Mexico’s traditional and ranchera music. Los Hermanos Herrara fills the hills with the sounds of the accordion and the bajo sexto (a 12-stringed bass instrument similar to a guitar) as they play the best of norteño music. Representing the East Los Angeles Mexican scene are Cindy Luna, Roberto Romo, Gabriel González, María Espínola and Juan Ignacio Cepeda. The Folklórico de Los Ángeles de Kareli Montoya will also perform.