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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! announces its tenth season of free, family-friendly concerts representing tradition and innovation in Latin American music music and dance. With artists from Columbia, Mexico, the U.S. and beyond, Viva shares sounds and stories of community and culture.¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is a project of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, Isla Vista School, and UCSB Arts & Lectures to provide music and dance traditions of Latin America in accessible, family-friendly venues for free. Like ¡Viva el Arte de Sánta Barbara! and the visiting artists on Facebook for updates on free concerts and workshops with the artists.

2014/2015 Season
Fridays at Isla Vista School at 7:00 PM.
Saturdays at Guadalupe City Hall at 7:30 PM.
Sundays at The Marjorie Luke Theatre at 7:00 PM.

Show dates and descriptions:

1. September 19-21 2014
Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, Mariachi Garibaldi began as a privately run community youth group. The ensemble gained popularity quickly and is now led by Jimmy "El Pollo" Cuéllar, son of Jaime Cuéllar and familiar member of Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has accompanied various well-known artists such as Yolanda del Rio, Mercedes Castro, Humberto Hererra and has toured with Mariachi Vargas, and shared the stage with artists such as Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, Alejandro Fernandez and Juan Gabriel. The musicians will be joined by dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and perform at the California Lemon Festival in Girsh Park on Sunday, September 21, at 2 pm.

2. October 17-19 2014
A bold and multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company, Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, this group brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage, while building community, facilitating dialogue, and moving audiences to imagine what is possible. Rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban dance and drawing from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater, Contra-Tiempo creates an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance with a commitment to make high quality, professional performance work accessible for all, regardless of race or class. Dance critic Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times calls Contra-Tiempo "The new face of Los Angeles dance, and the new voice as well." The dancers perform in Santa Barbara County and will give free salsa and latin social dance classes countywide.

3. January 9-11 2015
mariachi flor de toloache
Mariachi Flor de Toloache began in New York City in 2008, the brainchild of violinist-vocalist Mireya Ramos, daughter of a mariachi singer who grew up playing the music. The band grew from a trio to ten members with roots in Mexico, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Cuba and the U.S., who play all the traditional instruments of mariachi music: violin, trumpet guitar, guitar, guitarrón and vihuela. Flor de Tolache is committed to bringing its diverse array of musical backgrounds — salsa, Afrobeat, Broadway musicals, hip-hop and pop — to mariachi music. "Our show is a mix of Mariachi classics, mixed with our original tunes, and original arrangements of well-known songs from other genres such as jazz, Latin and current pop," says vihuela player Shae Fiol. Mariachi Flor de Toloache was named one of NPR Alt. Latino's favorite artists for 2013.

4. February 20-22 2015
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem is an immigrant band from New York City with most of its members hailing from Colombia. Blending the Afro-Colombian rhythms of their homeland with the amplified kicks of synths, bass guitar, clarinet and trombone, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem combines traditional Colombian folklore with elements of hip-hop, funk, rock and jazz, and an urban and eclectic vibe. Many of M.A.K.U.'s song lyrics delve into topics of poverty and injustice creating a dialogue on social issues. Founder Camilo Rodriguez explains that the word Maku means 'low class person' in the indigenous languages in the Southern region of Colombia. 'Sound System' refers to the huge public parties thrown in the streets of Colombia and Jamaica in the 60's and 70's, so that M.A.K.U SoundSystem stands for a party for the people! With plenty of cumbia and sonidero in store, audiences are advised to bring their dancing shoes.

5. April 24-26 2015
Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what Los Angeles Times has called a "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they're magnetic." Las Cafeteras' sound is brought to life by the eclectic instrumentation including jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West African bass instrument called the marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform used to dance zapateado jarocho. Las Cafeteras came together in 2008 with the purpose of documenting the histories of their neighborhoods through music. They started as students of the Eastside Café, a Zapatista-inspired community space in East Los Angeles,where they were influenced by the culture, storytelling, and poetic music of son jarocho, a traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico.Their debut studio album "It's Time" has received great reviews across the country and the group was named "Best Latin Alternative Band 2013" by LA Weekly.


¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is funded by the James Irvine Foundation support from the McCune Foundation, the UCSB Office of Educational Partnerships, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Wells Fargo Foundation, The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund, the Stone Family Foundation, Roddick Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, Mary and Gary Becker, Patricia and Jim Selbert, and Eric Kronvall. The program is sponsored in part by the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Maria SUN, Radio Bronco, Univisión, KPFK, KCSB, the Sandman Inn, Best Western South Coast Inn and Ramada Limited. Additional support from the California Arts Council, Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Co-presented by the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, and UCSB Arts and Lectures, in collaboration with the Isla Vista School After School Grant.

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