2012 Plaza Summer Nights Series 6/22 • 7/13 • 9/14 @ 7:30 PM
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 10:18
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:31

Three Friday Concerts: June 22 • July 13 • September 14

TICKETS: $15 in advance or $20 at the door ($40 for a season pass that admits one and includes one complimentary beverage per concert). Plaza students pay only $5 and non-Plaza students pay $10 with ID. Purchase by phone or in person at Plaza, or buy tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Plaza de la Raza announces its 2012 Plaza Summer Nights, a series of three concerts featuring professional musicians and student performers. Bring your friends and family to enjoy rock and roll, Latin jazz, Norteño music, traditional Mexican music, stories of struggles, and classic love ballads — all performed outdoors under the starry skies near the lake at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Park.

FRIDAY 6/22 @ 7:30PM – QUETZAL
Quetzal: Social, cultural and political stories are shared musically by this talented group of musicians self-identified as an “East L.A. Chican@ rock group” who seek to express struggles for dignity. Quetzal forges a sound that simultaneously makes you dance and contemplate change. With influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to The Smiths, Juan Gabriel to Bjork, and Miles Davis to Arsenio Rodriguez, the sound of Quetzal is as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. Their unique combination of community activism and creative compositions has allowed them to travel the world using music as a tool for creating a global network of musicians committed to building community. Visit www.quetzaleastla.com.

Plaza Youth Rock en Español Ensemble: Danceable rhythms and rocking tunes by students under the direction of instructor Matt Amper.

Mariachi Monumental de America: Classic ballads of love and life are performed by award-winning professional musicians led by Juan José Almaguer. Founded in 1995, the group has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Luis Miguel, Vicente Fernandez, Alejandro Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Cristian Castro, Pedro Fernandez, and Los Temerarios, among many more. With inspiration and dedication, Mariachi Monumental de America continues to raise the mariachi tradition to new heights. Visit the group’s Facebook page.

Plaza Youth Mariachi Ensemble: Students perform traditional songs of this popular musical genre under the direction of instructor Irineo Yañez.

Folklór Pasión Mexicana and Plaza Student Folklórico Ensemble:Colorful renditions of popular Mexican dances by students and professional dancers directed by instructor Juanita López and Tony Ramirez.

Conjunto Los Pochos: Energetic L.A. expressions of Tex-Mex dance music are driven by the sound of the accordion in polkas, waltzes, and cumbias by this four-piece ensemble led by Otoño Luján. Their unique sound combines elements of Texan and Mexican conjunto styles with original music and classic favorites. Founded in 1997, the band selected its name of “Conjunto Los Pochos” initially to address what they perceived to be the peculiarity of acculturated Mexicans (Pochos) who barely speak Spanish and play Norteño music (border music from Northern Mexico). Ironically, their music — having stemmed from the merging of European and Texan-Mexican cultures in the late 1800s — continues to reflect the process of Pochismo (or acculturation) through its lyrics and music. Visit www.lospochos.com.

Plaza Youth Latin Jazz & Salsa Band: Melodic and harmonic music characterized by fast tempos, drum beats, and improvisation by Plaza students led by Matt Amper.

“We are proud to host Plaza Summer Nights and serve a new generation of audiences while presenting new artists to continue the great musical tradition of East Los Angeles,” said Executive Director Maria Jimenez-Torres. “We also want music to be affordable and accessible to our community and to offer opportunities for our students to perform with professional musicians.”

TICKETS: $15 in advance or $20 at the door ($40 for a season pass that admits one and includes one complimentary beverage per concert). Plaza students pay only $5 and non-Plaza students pay $10 with ID. Purchase by phone or in person at Plaza, or buy tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

DETAILS: For each concert, doors open at 7:00 PM. Music starts promptly at 7:30 PM. Food and beverages are available for sale. La Tiendita is open to sell artisan crafts and artwork from Mexico and Latin America. Parking is available on nearby streets and secured lots. Generously underwritten by the Creative Connections Fund of the James Irvine Foundation. Beverages provided by Beck’s.

Plaza de la Raza is the only multidisciplinary cultural arts and educational center dedicating to serving the communities of East Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it provides affordable after-school programs in arts education to nearly 25,000 children and youth each year. In addition, Plaza presents more than 500 classes annually (beginning to advanced) taught by local artists and performers in theater, dance, music and the visual arts. It also presents high-quality cultural programming to the community free of charge. For more information, call (323) 223-2475, ext. 204 or visit www.plazadelaraza.org.




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