Marisol Hernandez, lead vocalist of La Santa Cecilia, dancing during the group's performance on Friday, December 13, 2013 at FIGat7th in downtown Los Angeles. (Rafael Orellana/Living Out Loud LA)
Alternative rock band La Santa Cecilia staged a mini concert to commemorate the opening of the new Loteria Grill and Torta Company locations at FIGat7th in downtown Los Angeles.
Torta Company, a new concept by the founders of Loteria Grill, specializes in Mexican-style sandwiches. With these two new locations, the goal is to provide a new breakfast, lunch and dinner alternative for workers and residents in downtown LA.
For opening night, Loteria Grill hosted a very lively and festive event with food and live music. Representatives from several media outlets, as well as celebrities and other special guests were in attendance.
La Santa Cecilia, recently named Best New Alternative Band by LA Weekly, was on hand making everyone present sing and dance, and their performance was very well-received. This Mexican-American band is made up of four very talented young musicians: Marisol Hernandez (a.k.a La Marisoul), Alex Bendana, Jose Carlos and Miguel Ramirez.
The band formed in Los Angeles, and their peculiar sound comes from a blend of cumbia, boleros, rock, jazz, and bossa-nova. Their name is based off of Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. They truly represent the hybrid culture of the United States, yet they stay true to their Latin roots and values – something that is evident in all their material and performances.
The band was on stage for about an hour, and they performed their most popular material to the tune of the guitar an accordion. Amongst the songs they performed were “Monedita,” “La Negra,” “30 Dias,” “Cuchara,” “Ice,” and “Tomate Esta Botella Conmigo.”
La Santa Cecilia is currently promoting their new album, 30 Dias, with singles “Monedita” and “Ice” leading the way. The latter being a tribute to all the undocumented immigrants and their daily struggle to make ends meet. The videos for these songs, which were stupendously produced, can be found on YouTube.
Their next few performances will be in San Francisco on December 20th, Santa Barbara on January 9th, and at Royce Hall in UCLA on April 11th. For more information, visit www.lasantacecilia.com.