Grammy-winning Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia plays world music with a contemporary edge, treating audiences to a vibrant blend of styles as diverse as cumbia, bossa nova, boleros, reggae, rock, and soul. At the group’s live shows, brightly-dressed lead singer Marisol Hernandez dances along to the bopping rhythm while wowing audiences with her powerful, soulful vocals. In addition to Hernandez, the band's sound is shaped by Jose Carlos’s reedy accordion and Alex Bendana’s bossa nova basslines. La Santa Cecilia is known for their inventive sound and fun performance style, and they’re sure to thrill ticket buyers as they run through marathon sets of powerful originals, Latin standards, and reimagined rock hits.
Formed in Los Angeles in 2007, La Santa Cecilia represents the city’s dynamic Latino population with their generation-bridging blend of native music influences and contemporary pop culture references. Named for the patron saint of musicians, the sextet got their start playing neighborhood shows that focused on social issues like immigration and environmental conservation. Favoring a community-oriented approach to making music, the group released their self-titled EP in 2009 with covers that were individually hand-painted by their fans. As their popularity grew La Santa Cecilia released the debut full-length Triente Dias in 2013, which went on to win a Grammy for the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Within a month of their prestigious win the band released their 2014 follow-up Someday New to widespread critical acclaim. The band continues to play on behalf of social issues in addition to touring in support of their music.