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La Santa Cecilia

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Over the past decade, East LA band La Santa Cecilia have developed a style that weaves together a variety of styles of Mexican folk music and threads in contemporary pop influences as well. The past few years have seen the band develop a bigger national following and put out several well-received album, all while continuing to revel in the complexity of their sound and craft achingly joyous songs around singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez's bilingual vocals. The band's 2017 album Amar Y Vivir was recorded live in sessions around Mexico City and largely consists of an intriguing selection of covers. "México Americano" is a boisterous rendition of a song written by late Chicano musician Rumel Fuentes, and tackles the music's dual identity head-on, swerving between burly rockabilly guitar licks and trilling accordion phraes as Hernandez sings lines like this: "Dos países son mi tierra / Los defiendo con honor." ("Two countries are my land / I defend them with honor.") Of course, it's not just the brew of influences that makes the band intriguing; they know how to switch up their arrangements and dynamics to create a very different mix from song to song, creating restrained and fetching grooves on "Mar Y Cielo" and slowly building up a lilting ballad on :"Leña De Pirul." There's a whole lot here that you can dance to, and a lot of nuanced performances for those who prefer to hang back and listen. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: October 6
High School + Hospital (free)