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Pre-Grammy Party w/Quetzal, Los Cojitles, more

Saturday, February 9, 2013

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This year the 55th Annual Grammy Awards includes three nominees, Quetzal, Los Cojolites, and Sistema Bomb, in the Latin genre, that share a unique connection–Grammy nominations for their albums that all showcase fandango jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico.

Quetzal and Los Cojolites recognize that this is the first time the Grammys include several nominations for fandango jarocho influenced albums, and they are celebrating this honor by uniting for a free concert on February 9th, at 8:00 p.m., at Breed Street Shul, located at 247 North Breed Street, EAST Los Angeles, CA 90033. Performances include Quetzal, Los Cojolites, and special appearances by members of Ozomatli and La Santa Cecilia.

The organizer of the event, Quetzal, is an East L.A. born band that is sometimes described as a rock band, yet beyond traditional rock, its members draw from a large web of musical, cultural, and social engagement. Quetzal's latest album Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways Records), nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album, creatively combines shades of East L.A.'s soundscape, traditional son jarocho, salsa, R&B, and more to express the political and social struggle for self-determination and self-representation, which ultimately is a struggle for dignity.

The free concert, to be held on the eve of the Grammys, is sponsored by MusicianCorps, The Breed Street Shul Project, Guadalupe Custom Strings, and hosted by Cal-State L.A. Liberal Studies Professor Victor Viesca, Quetzal's lead singer Martha Gonzalez, and UC Santa Barbara Black Studies Professors Gaye Johnson and George Lipsitz. The Breed Street Shul Project and MusicianCorps share an acute self-awareness of the Boyle Heights/eastside experience in multi-faceted ways going back almost a century. Guadalupe Custom Strings is an East L.A. based business serving the music community since 1991.

Sponsored by: MusicianCorps, Breed Street Shul Project, Guadalupe Custom Strings; hosted by CalState LA Liberal Studies Professor Victor Viesca, Quetzal lead singer Martha Gonzalez & UC Santa Barbara Black Studies Professors Gaye Johnson & George Lipsitz.
Category Celebration
When Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where Breed Street Shul
247 North Breed Street
East Los Angeles, CA 90033
Admission Price: Free
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