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Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo Festival - Greek Theatre - May 5, 2013

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Mon, May 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

click to enlarge Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos - DAVID MONNICH
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  • Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
By David Monnich

Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo Festival

Greek Theatre

May 5, 2013

Despite the spotty weather, droves of Angelinos headed out to the Greek Theatre on Sunday afternoon for Los Lobos' second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. Last year's event proved that the East L.A. veteran group are master curators, and they again put together a diverse roster of artists with both traditional and modern sounds.

Featuring two stages, six bands and numerous guest artists, the festival brought together some excellent roots and alternative talent, and was a great way to mark the beginning of the Greek's 2013 season.

The Kansas City based quartet Making Movies kicked off the celebration at 4 on the Plaza stage. Their funky, latin influenced take on indie rock before gradually warmed up the crowd. Lead vocalist Enrique Chi was seductive, belting out haunting melodies. Their set was about 30 minutes and they made for an excellent opener.

click to enlarge La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia - DAVID MONNICH
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  • La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia
The Plaza Stage's headlining act were hometown favorites La Santa Cecilia. This young ensemble has been generating buzz lately due to their involvement in the immigration reform movement and the release of their first major label EP, Treinta Dias. Elvis Costello is featured on one of its tracks, and the work garnered a positive review from Rolling Stone. Despite some PA issues, La Marisoul's commanding stage presence won over the crowd, and accordionist and requintista Pepe Carlos showcased his virtuosity.

click to enlarge Freddy Sanchez of El Chicano - DAVID MONNICH
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  • Freddy Sanchez of El Chicano
El Chicano started the night off on the main stage, introduced by a Cheech and Chong video clip giving a shout out to the band. These originators of the East L.A. sound performed long instrumental jams and featured a stunning percussion section driven by The Professor on keyboards. Their rendition of "Sabor A Mi" was especially nice, and featured Carlos Reyes on violin.

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