La Santa Cecilia and Friends Revive the True Spirit of Dia De Los Muertos
La Santa Cecilia with Perla Batalla and Quetzal
Yesterday was Día de
Taco trucks including Taqueria De Anda were parked on Argyros Plaza by the box office providing welcoming
Pacifico Dance Company
Pacifico Dance Company added more Día de
Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla switched effortlessly between Spanish and English to welcome the Segerstrom audience to the night's celebrations. Batalla sang Spanish language ballads including "La Llorona," and the touching "Cucurrucucu Paloma" which Batalla described as a song about a man dying from a broken heart. "Cucurrucucu Paloma" earned Batalla the highest praise from the audience as the singer filled the concert hall with her strong yet transcendent voice, hitting note after note with absolute grace. I'd be lying if I said I didn't shed a tear while listening to the heartfelt ballad sang passionately by Batalla.
The grand seven-piece collective knows as Quetzal added a funkier Chicano rock presence to contrast Batalla's romanticism. Quetzal's dynamic mixture of Mexican, Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, R&B and rock added an eclectic background to lead singer Martha Gonzalez's fierce vocals and fiery stage presence. Shout out to the band's violinist who wowed the audience with her amazing rock violin solo.
After a 15-minute intermission—which saw even more lines at the bar, photo-ops with a real life catrina and another stunning performance by the Pacifico Dance Company, the audience re-gathered to welcome the night's most anticipated act, La Santa Cecilia.
Fresh from their performance in Mexico City, Grammy winners and Olvera Street darlings La Santa Cecilia brought the puro pinche party to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with their blend of cumbia, bossa nova,
Marisol "La Marsoul" Hernandez charmed the crowd as her
Before the song "Monedita," Hernandez joked about how life is still good as long as you have love, Jodidos
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Hernandez then spoke about how our country, especially in these times, needs more love and that Dia de
"La Negra" closed the show as the audience in the orchestra pit and in every tier of the concert hall couldn't resist La Marisoul's invitation to dance and clap along. The venue turned into a full on pachanga with Perla Batalla, Quetzal and Pacifico Dance Company joining La Santa Cecilia onstage for one last collective hurrah Dia de
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