La Santa Cecilia, Co-Presented by School of Arts & Culture - San Jose Jazz

La Santa Cecilia, Co-Presented by School of Arts & Culture

Winter Fest
Sat, Feb 26
7pm showtime (Pacific)
$35; $40 door / Mexican Heritage Plaza

La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz and klezmer music. 

Their unique sounds and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances continues to captivate both loyal fans and new listeners. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose "Pepe" Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel "Oso" Ramirez, and vocalist “La Marisoul.” With a captivating voice that sings about love, loss, and everyday struggles, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. 

La Santa Cecilia’s released their debut album, Noche y Citas in 2011. The album was nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards for the single “La Negra.” El Valor in 2012 was named one of the best albums of the year by NPR’s Alt Latino. In 2013, Treinta Días was released and went on to win the Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album. In 2016, Buenaventura was nominated for a Latin Grammy in Best Pop/Rock Album category and for a Grammy in the Best Latin Urban, Rock or Alternative category.

The show will be opened by Los Hijos de San José.


La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia
"I've Been Thinking"

La Santa Cecilia


Cumbia, Latin Alternative, Rock


"La Marisoul" - vocals Jose "Pepe" Carlos - accordion, requinto Alex Bendaña - bass Miguel "Oso" Ramirez - percussion

Winter Fest

The "cool" counterpart to our annual Summer Fest, Winter Fest presents the best new discoveries in jazz, blues, Latin, salsa, Americana and more.

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