Music Diary: La Santa Cecilia gear up for Pala show, eight years after gender-blurring band’s first Grammy win

The Santa Cecilia

It’s been eight years since superb, boundary-blurring band La Santa Cecilia made history with their 2014 Grammy Award for Best Latin, Urban or Alternative Rock Album for “Treinta Dias” (“Thirty Days”).

The Los Angeles quartet beat out better-known nominees like Argentina’s Los Amigos Invisibles and Mexico’s El Tri and Café Tacvba, but that’s not what made their victory historic.

On the contrary, it is that – during the group’s acceptance speech – the singer of La Santa Cecilia, Marisol Hernandez, dedicated her Grammy “to the more than 11 million undocumented people who live and work very hard in this country. , and who still need to live a more dignified life”. .”

Moments later, the band revealed that one of those undocumented workers was their requinto player and accordionist, José Carlos.

He got his work permit soon after and has since released six increasingly confident albums with La Santa Cecilia, which blends Mexican and Latin music styles with rock, pop, jazz, blues and jazz. reggae.

In Hernandez, whose stage name is “La Marisoul”, they have a wonderfully expressive lead singer who makes every note memorable.

6 p.m. Sunday. Event Center at Pala Casino Spa Resort, 11154 CA Highway 76, Pala. $25 (must be 21 or older to participate). palacasino.com

Beth Hart, with Quinn Sullivan

Beth Hart and some of her longtime fans may feel a strong sense of nostalgia when she performs here at the Balboa Theater downtown on Thursday.

The historic venue is just doors down from the San Diego Repertory Theater, where – in 2001 – Hart starred in the West Coast premiere of “Love, Janis: The Songs, The Soul of Janis Joplin.”

The blues rock vocal dynamo now has 16 solo albums under her belt, as well as intense collaborations with Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa.

Hart’s next album, “A Tribute to Led Zeppelin,” will be released February 25. She’ll likely preview some of her songs — which range from “Kashmir” and “Whole Lotta Love” to “Stairway to Heaven” — at Balboa. Guitarist Quinn Sullivan, a 22-year-old protege of blues giant Buddy Guy, opens.

7:30 p.m. Thursday. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $31.50 to $51.50, plus service charge. Ticketmaster.com

septet by David Whitman

When not teaching percussion as a faculty member at San Diego State University and San Diego Christian College, David Whitman performs at jazz gigs around town.

Specializing in the hard-bop style popularized by Art Blakey, he drums with crisp efficiency.

Whitman’s lineup for his concert at Dizzy’s All Ages includes guitarist Louie Valenzuela, bassist Mackenzie Leighton, trumpeter Joe Dyke, French horn player Andrew Young and two longtime mainstays – saxophonists Mark Lessman and pianist John Opferkuch.

8 tonight. Dizzy’s, Arias Hall (behind the Musicians’ Association building), 1717 Morena Boulevard, Bay Park. $15 (students) and $20. dizzysjazz.com

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