La Santa Cecilia
Amoeba Hollywood - October 21st @ 5:00pm
Los Angeles' own La Santa Cecilia returns to Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate their new self-titled vinyl release with a live show and album signing. Purchase your copy at Amoeba Hollywood beginning on October 18th to attend the post-show signing.
Show is free/all-ages. Album purchase required to attend the post-performance signing.
This self-titled album epitomizes the essence of La Santa Cecilia as they effortlessly combine sounds and styles to create something that uniquely represents them. The album heavily reflects everything they’ve gone through in their personal lives. Three of the members lost their fathers in this last year and are mourning and moving forward creatively at the same time, which created a beautiful, visceral yet painful mix of songs, sounds, and themes.
La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passers by on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon who defies musical and cultural boundaries. 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 still close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.
They have won a Grammy; toured coast to coast, collaborated with legends including Elvis Costello, Bunbury, Fito Paez; appeared on Conan; and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Pepe Aguilar. Their 2017 performances included a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Cafe Tacvba and Mon Laferte.
La Santa Cecilia burst into the scene in 2011 with the release of their debut album Noche y Citas. The album gave them their first nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards for the single La Negra. The song voiced their sympathy and support for various human rights movements and have since used their music to openly support these causes.
They followed that album with the eclectic El Valor in 2012, which was named one of the best albums of the year by NPR’s Alt Latino.
Treinta Días their major label debut, was recorded in 2013 and showcased the band moving in a more sophisticated direction, while holding true to themselves. They combined cumbia, reggae, soul, tango, and their L.A. spice to create an album that went on to win the Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album, Alternative or Urban in 2014.
The album featured the anthem “ICE (El Hielo),” which brought to light the struggles of undocumented immigrants in the US. The compelling video for the song humanized the controversial topic of immigration. It received accolades from major media outlets around the country and was nominated for Video of The Year at Premios Lo Nuestro.
In 2014, La Santa Cecilia followed with the EP Someday New, which included their unique version of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” They presented the video for the song at the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) luncheon in New York, accompanied by none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama. La Marisoul had the honor of singing the national anthem to over 1,500 Latino leaders in attendance. Later that summer, the band played the sold out Reventón festival for over 20,000 people. On March 27th of that same year, the band opened the legendary Vive Latino festival.
La Santa Cecilia’s music then hit the big screen. They recorded the song "Tu Vida Es Un Escenario” for the award-winning film Cantinflas and collaborated with two-time Grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla on "The Apology Song" for the animated hit film "The Book of Life," directed by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
The band’s songs have also appeared in popular TV shows like Weeds, Entourage, and The Bridge. Their music was also used in the Pixar movie Coco and they created the theme song for the Netflix series Ingobernable.
Lead singer, La Marisoul was featured as a guest performer on Pepe Aguilar’s MTV Unplugged, which turned out to be the first Unplugged by a Ranchero artist. Pepe Aguilar later invited La Santa Cecilia on stage at the National Auditorium in Mexico. She was also invited to sing with The Roots and Elvis Costello on their highly acclaimed album Wise Up Ghost.
In 2015, the band released the song “I Won’t Cry for You,” produced by 17-time Grammy award-winner Sebastian Krys. The song is a fusion of traditional swing and norteño, continuing LSC’s long tradition of genre-bending music.
"Calaverita" was released that fall which is a tribute to the great Mexican tradition of the "Day of the Dead" – in celebration and for those we’ve lost. The band ended the year with a momentous appearance on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, where they played the new single “I Won’t Cry for You.”
In January 2016, the band played Peter Buck’s “Todos Santos Festival” in Baja California and were joined on stage by none other than Led Zeppelin’s own John Paul Jones on electric mandolin for a special rendition of “La Morena.”
Buenaventura was released February 26, 2016. On this album, La Santa Cecilia express their gratitude for making music, traveling and performing throughout the world, and living a life filled with love and music. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Pop/Rock Album category and was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Latin Urban, Rock or Alternative” category. The album includes the rousing anti-violence anthem “Nunca Mas” which was performed at the 2016 Latin American Music Awards and Hispanic Heritage Awards.
In January of 2017, the band again broke new ground by recording a unique visual album of traditional Mexican and Latin American music titled Amar y Vivir. The 12-song set was recorded entirely live in 5 days in the streets, bars, and parks of Mexico City. The visual album is an exploration of the bands roots and counts with the collaboration of the iconic Mexican singer Eugenia Leon, Chilean star Mon Laferte and the legendary Mariachi America among others.