The second Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Santa Barbara, CA will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Doors are at 4:00 PM. Musical offerings include some of the most influential contemporary Latin bands and DJs. Café Tacvba, Ozomatli, Las Cafeteras, Hy Brasil, Carlos Nino and DJ Tropicaza will all perform. Art, dance and cultural revelry will be in abundance.
For one night the historic Santa Barbara Bowl will be transformed into a magical place inspired by the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. This all encompassing community event will showcase local theatre, dance, art installations and altars made by local organizations, schools and museums. Mariachis will roam the costumed crowds, Aztec dancers will perform and bless the altars and skeleton faces will be painted.We look forward to coming together to celebrate life by remembering the dead with this very special event.
“Café Tacvba is Mexico's pre-eminent rock band and it keeps getting better and more ambitious. From the beginning Café Tacvba looked both inside and outside Mexico, drawing on new wave, ska and funk and finding no barriers between the peppy polkas of norteño music and speedy, cheeky punk… Yet Tacvba's eclecticism isn't merely a whimsical grab-bag or a technical stunt. It's an embrace of possibilities and a blithe refusal to accept restrictions… The band's seriousness is inseparable from its sense of fun… Café Tacvba dares to treat rock as art… better than almost all other rock these days… one of the most important bands in the hemisphere… a smart, cosmopolitan band with a broad streak of lighthearted surrealism.” – NY Times
Ozomatli is a Grammy award-winning, multi-genre, multi-cultural band from Los Angeles. Known for their show-stopping gigs, Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude.
Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado & inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community looking for love and the fight for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
Hy Brasil are from Ventura, CA and play genere-bending music described as alternative, ambient electronic, harp rock & roll.
Los Angeles DJ Carlos Nino will spin his very special collection of mystical / folkloric vinyl. Carlos is an internationally celebrated and prolific producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer. Nino has been involved in the production of more than 100 albums and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. He is also is a founding DJ at DUBLAB and hosts a show on KPFK called Spaceways Radio.