123 Andrés performs at “Los Angeles Libros Fest” to celebrate bilingualism through song and play.
123 Andrés returns to Los Angeles to participate in “Los Angeles Libros Fest,” the city’s first-ever literary festival to specifically celebrate bilingualism. The festival – free and open to the public – will feature storytelling, international and local authors, books, workshops and music, including headliners 123 Andrés.
Los Angeles Libros Fest is a free literary festival that celebrates the diversity of LA, and the importance of bilingualism for families and communities in the LA region.
123 Andrés (pronounced uno, dos, tres Andrés), is the husband-wife team of Andrés Salguero and Christina Sanabria. They arrive fresh off their summer concert tour at venues including Lollapalooza in Chicago and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. They’ll be joined by their full band on the Los Angeles stage – making it a full-energy performance. The band includes Juan Carlos Portillo, originally from Venezuela, on bass, and Ernie Valenzuela, a California native of Mexican-American heritage, on percussion.
“It’s very meaningful for us to participate in Los Angeles Libros Fest,” said Andrés, one of the members of 123 Andrés. “In a time in which we are hearing messages of ‘English-only’ from some voices, we love that Los Angeles is defying that with feeling pride of being multilingual. We’re working as a team to make sure this is an unforgettable event for LA families.”
The festival is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Public Library; LA Librería, a local bookstore that has risen to national prominence by curating high-quality Spanish-language books for children and adults; and REFORMA, a national association that advocates for the growth of library services to the Spanish-speaking community.
“This festival is a historic event. Los Angeles is a cultural hub for both the English and Spanish-speaking worlds at a global level, and for the first time we are celebrating our city as a leader in reading, writing and creating in two languages,” said Celene Navarrete, co-founder of LA Librería, one of the organizers. “123 Andrés’ concert is perfect for this event. It’s fun, there’s movement, humor, but under all that, they inspire children to be proud of being bilingual.”