SummerStage Presents: Babasónicos / Juana Molina / La Santa Cecilia in association with Latin Alternative Music Conference
Saturday, July 12, 2014
3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) – described by the NY Times as the "Sundance of Latin music" -- celebrates its 15th anniversary and yet another year of collaboration with Summerstage for an exciting series of concerts featuring both classic and cutting-edge music from across the Americas.
With determination, talent and intelligence, Babasónicos has became one of the most successful and recognizable groups to come from the “sonic” underground rock movement in Argentina in the 1990’s. With 11 official albums and more than 22 years of constant touring with great success throughout Latin America, they've experimented with various diverse styles throughout their career, and continue to fill stadiums with screaming fans. Although they've never sought to conform to the typical Argentinean rock sound, this alternative band has established itself as a mainstream marketable group around the world.
Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment, learning guitar at the age of five. After a wildly successful career as a comedian and actress, Molina turned her focus back to her first love, Music. She released her first album in 1996, and after the release of her second and 3rd albums she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. Her music, which, although it features elements of folk, ambient and electronica, is highly unique and personal. Her live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding as well as visually compelling experience. On her latest album, Wed 21, She's remarkably expanded her palette of instruments, incorporating electric guitars, bass, drums and inventive electronics, thus giving Wed 21 a richer, broader sonic spectrum. Guided as always by her trademark spirit of experimentation and her deep melodic sense, Juana Molina has definitely come up with a masterpiece.
Los Angela's band, La Santa Cecilia, consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians. Their songs have been featured on a number of shows, including the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, and they've enjoyed great critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, NPR (Named to numerous Best of 2013 lists), and Ad Age Magazine named the band a must for any Ad Agencies looking to launch a Hispanic Campaign. In 2013 the band released their major label debut Trenta Dias (30 Days), which features the dance floor shaking “Monedita,” the humanistic approach to immigration track “El Hielo (ICE),” and a captivating collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” The band also celebrated 2014 with a GRAMMY win (Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album) for Treinta Dias.
Doors open at 2:00pm