La Santa Cecilia Win a Grammy!

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Humberto Howard
That's Grammy Award winning La Santa Cecilia thank you very much!
Fresh off their Friday night performance at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, La Santa Cecilia took home the Grammy award last night for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album! Yay! The honors went to Treinta Días, their major label debut. Competition in the category was diverse and fierce with Café Tacvba, El Tri, Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas, and Los Amigos Invisibles all nominated, but the Los Angeles band rooted in Olvera Street prevailed.

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Little Willie G of Thee Midniters Fame is Ready to Party on the Plaza

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Keepin' it old school!
As a vocalist for the legendary East Los Angeles band Thee Midniters, Willie Garcia, better known as Little Willie G, crooned all their 1960s hits including "Sad Girl" and "Land of a Thousand Dances." He will be performing a spectrum of songs including what he likes to call those 'neighborhood classics' in helping to kick off the Segerstrom Center's Off Center Festival tonight alongside Grammy-nominated group La Santa Cecilia!

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Signa Elevates Latin Alt-Rock Sounds With Help From Vampiro!

Julio Salazar
From left to right: David Barrera, Paul Droste, Abel Muñoz, Beto Gudiño
Signa, a Costa Mesa-based rock en español band, is back with an impressive new recording. Produced by none other than César "Vampiro" López--the guitar virtuoso of Jaguares and Maná fame--Temporales is a clean toned, highly polished four-track EP that elevates the musicians to a higher plane. Always spiritually minded, Signa held firm to their commitment to follow up their debut Cuando se ponga el sol with a heavier rocanrol sound. Vampiro plays guitars on "Cielos Abiertos" (available for free download) while Humberto "Beto" Gudiño's vocals, among the most underrated in OC in any language, shine on the title track that ponders the temporal nature of earthly existence. The rhythm section is locked tight in the grooves while the guitar work is exemplary--all of what is to be expected given Signa's talent and Vampiro's guidance.

The band even belted out an immigrant anthem "Pinches y Jardineros" (also available for free download) with the solidarity slogan "Todos somos ilegales." Check out video of an acoustic version of the song before guitarist/vocalist Beto Gudiño gives the Weekly his spare notes on Temporales.

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La Santa Cecilia Return to Santa Ana for Delhi Center Zocalo Fundraiser!

Humberto Howard
La Santa Cecilia has popped up in some very unexpected places recently. La Marisoul, frontwoman of the alt-Latin act, performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a duet with Elvis Costello backed by The Roots. Then they hit the airwaves of NPR for its Tiny Desk Concert. The band just played the Lincoln Center and dates await in Mexico next month. But when La Santa Cecilia returns to Santa Ana for the Delhi Center's annual Zócalo Fiesta fundraiser, it will be on familiar ground.

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La Familia Valera Miranda, Acclaimed Cuban Son Group, Make a Rare Visit to Santa Ana

La Familia Valera Miranda gettin' down!
La Familia Valera Miranda hasn't been stateside since 2001, but the musicians from Santiago de Cuba are currently on tour. Lucky for us naranjeros, they will make a stop in Santa Ana along the way! The septet from la isla are virtuosos in the tradition of Cuban son. The musical style spread widely throughout Latin America decades ago but recently became popularized once more before audiences in the United States with the emergence of the Buena Vista Social Club.

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Sandra Lilia Velasquez Will 'Dig Deeper' for Santa Ana Celebration Show

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Shervin Lainez
Sandra Lilia Velasquez (SLV)
Sandra Lilia Velasquez has blazed through Santa Ana many times before as frontwoman for the irresistibly danceable Latin Alternative band Pistolera. When she comes through this time around tonight at the Cooper Door, SLV steps into the spotlight with the release of Dig Deeper her first solo album. The debut EP features four songs produced by bassist extraordinaire and multi-Grammy award winner Meshell Ndegeocello that grooves to a mellow, soulful vibe.

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Enjambre Finally Comes Back to Anaheim for a Hometown Show!

Hey, these guys look familiar!
Five years ago, Enjambre, a Latin Alternative band founded in OC, left for Mexico City in search of their musical dreams. It was a risky move, but one that ultimately paid off as they've encountered greater success in a vibrant scene. Ever since their departure, though, the band has always mused about returning to play cities across the United States, but especially in OC. All that finally comes to reality with Enjambre's first U.S. tour that stops this Friday at Club Ember in Anaheim! "I'm just excited, man," says lead singer Luis Humberto Navejas. "I don't know what's going to happen."

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Molotov Respects the LGTB Community and Not The "Putos"

Josue Rivas
Molotov at Staples Center, 2013
Most people know the word "puto" means "faggot" in Spanish. However the word has another meaning, something more like a coward...think Joe Arpayaso.

Surprisingly, Molotov--probably one of Mexico's most influential bands of all time--released a statement on their Facebook page clarifying the meaning of their controversial song "Puto."

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Top 10 Selena Songs of All Time

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On April 16th, 1971, in the small town of Lake Jackson, Texas, an angel was born. Her name was Selena Quintanilla. This angel, who was tragically taken from us at the young age of twenty-three, was a Latina superstar before JLo or Shakira or Ricky Martin. Her voice, full of love and joy and heartbreak, continues to capture the hearts of millions of fans around the world, Latinos and non-Latinos alike. So today, we celebrate what would have been her forty-second birthday by counting down her ten best songs. Feliz cumpleaños, Selena!

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Las Cafeteras Use Sign Language in Video Supporting Immigrant Rights, Urge Signing of Petition

Piero F. Giunti
Las Cafeteras! (Annette Torres front/left)

An apparel company raid in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (or Arpayaso we like to call him!) has another immigrant family on the brink of separation. "We don't want our mom to be in jail. We want our mom to come back. Please, help us," 17 year-old Diana Blanco said in sign language during a press conference. Her grandparents are also detained and face a repugnant county attorney whose racist policies push for felony charges and deportations.

Los Angeles-based Chicano folk-fusion band Las Cafeteras first learned about the family's case during a stop in Phoenix along the way to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. They had performed at an event for Puente, a local immigrant rights group, when the idea came from an organizer to link the band to the Blancos.
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