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Twilight Concert Series to Start July 10 with Cults, James Supercave

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 02:58pm | Post a Comment

twilight concert seriesSince it's Memorial Day Weekend, we can start saying it's summer, right? Summer concert lineups like FYF Fest are being announced left and right (weekend passes for that festival are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood, BTW), and now the Twilight Concert Series has announced its summer lineup of free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

The 30th anniversary of the concert series will kick off with indie-pop bands Cults and James Supercave July 10 at the pier from 7 to 10 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through Sept. 11.

The rest of the announced lineup is as follows:

July 17 – Heavenly Voices: Yuna w/King

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July 24 – PCH Top Down Sounds: Cayucas w/Papa

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Amoeba Sponsors La Santa Cecilia at The Grammy Museum March 5

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 10:09am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba sponsors THE DROP: La Santa Cecilia at the GRAMMY Museum on March 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.

The show will be hosted by Scott Goldman, vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, and will include a discussion with the band in which they answer audience questions, as well as a performance of select songs.

Los Angeles-based Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia have built a solid reputation on their thoughtful blend of many traditional Latino forms of music, from cumbia to bossa nova and boleros, with influences from American musicians like Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. Featuring the throaty, emotive vocals of lead singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, the band is also known for their terrific live shows, having graced the stage of Amoeba Hollywood in 2012. You can watch the entire performanc here.

The band recently won the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Grammy for their first EP, Treinta Dias, released last year—they dedicated that win to the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants living in the United States, a subject they passionately cover in the video for their song "Ice El Hielo."  The band is set to release its first full-length Someday New March 3; you can preorder it on CD now. The album includes seven newly penned tracks plus new versions of older songs and covers, including a Spanglish rendition of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever."

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Pick up the 2014 Grammy Winners on CD and LP

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

The 2014 Grammy Awards took place over the weekend, with big winners including Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We were excited to see Grammy love given to Amoeba friends like La Santa Cecilia and The Civil Wars, while best alternative album went to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone's favorite album of 2013, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City. A lot of people were talking about Imagine Dragons' performance with Kendrick Lamar, while our favorite has to be Beyonce's opening performance of "Drunk in Love" with her husband, Jay Z.

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Show Recap: La Santa Cecilia at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

la santa cecilia amoebaLa Santa Cecilia isn't a person — or she isn't a live person, rather. It’s a band fusing all sorts of worldly influences — cumbia, bossa nova and blues, to name a few — named after the patron saint of musicians. But you could’ve been fooled into thinking frontwoman Marisol Hernandez was a saint herself, given the way she commanded the stage at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Her booming voice soared over a bluesy opener, generating rapturous applause from the show’s sizable audience. The band then went into an upbeat song driven by Jose “Pepe” Carlos’ riveting accordion playing, with Carlos and bassist Alex Bendana backing up Hernandez with trade-off vocals. santa cecilia treinta diasHernandez seemed to get choked up as she thanked people for coming, later saying it was an honor to play in the store. As though driven to please those she had just thanked, she danced, jumped and sang her heart out through the band's next bilingual jam. The band paused for a break while medical personnel attended to a concert-goer in medical need (who was shortly doing fine, it was announced).

They came back and introduced legendary drummer Pete Thompson, who carried them through a spirited romp as the band worked to restore stability to the show, while Hernandez rapped and roared through another song complete with blazing guitar solo. She gushed about receiving an email from Elvis Costello saying he wanted not only to perform but write on the album as well, sending lyrics for the song “Losing Game,” from their just-released Treinta Dias. Though Costello wasn’t present, Hernandez made up for it by doubling her already formidable stage presence and voice through the song’s swinging New Orleans feel.

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Videos by La Santa Cecilia and Helado Negro that Deal with the Immigration Experience

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 30, 2013 08:35pm | Post a Comment

La Santa Cecilia will be performing at Amoeba San Francisco on Thursday, May 5th in celebration of their latest release, Trienta Dias.

There are two videos that caught my interest of late, dealing with the subject of immigration. One is overt and the other, a bit subtle. The first is a video from La Santa Cecilia from their new album, Treinta Dias. The song "El Hielo" (ICE) The video shows the daily lives of various undocumented immigrants as they go on their daily routine of getting ready for work and school, living in the shadows in order not to be detected. The tension of the workers as they watch the news of  ICE raids and look at photos of loved ones left behind weigh heavy on their faces. It also shows an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officer also getting ready for work. It's not the usual face one puts on the Immigration officers, rather the new faces of first or second generation Mexican Americans who often work in deporting immigrants. The tension of the video comes to the climax at the end when the work place of several of the immigrants is raided by the ICE force, who look just like the immigrants themselves.
 

 

 

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