SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2016 — The internationally acclaimed “rebelde del acordeón”(the accordion rebel) Celso Piña comes to Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods for one night only on Sunday, April 17. Audiences can dance into the night to a fusion of cumbia, rock, reggae, and hip-hop music and enjoy tacos and beer from some of San Diego’s top food and beverage vendors at this 21+ event.
Celso Piña headlines this fun-filled music festival taking place from 3 pm to 8 pm in Festival Park adjacent to Market Creek Plaza at the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street. Free parking will be available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114). Piña will perform starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased online at www.jacobspresents.com. Proceeds go toward supporting performing arts and cultural events in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods.
Pioneers in the fusion of tropical sounds with norteño, sonidero, ska, reggae, and hip-hop music, Piña and his band have perfected reinventing themselves over the past three decades to reach new audiences and bring different cultures together. Today, Piña is widely considered one of the most notable figures in cumbia music. He has been nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Tropical Album” and “Best New Artist from the North,” as well as “Best Alternative Artist” by the MTV Latino Awards. He has also collaborated with such renowned artists as Lila Downs, Control Machete, El Gran Silencio, Sonidero Nacional, Los Humilde, Julieta Venegas, Blanquito Man, and Sergent Garcia.
A self-taught accordionist, Piña began playing regional music with his brothers in the 1980s in his hometown of Independencia, a suburb south of Monterrey, México. Inspired by Colombian musicians Aníbal Velasquez and Alfredo Gutierrez in the mid-1980s, Piña decided to enter fully into vallenata music, a popular Colombian style of folk and cumbia music, and formed his own band, Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá.
Jacobs Presents Performances and Cultural Experiences welcomes artists like Piña whose music transcends borders and bridges cultures. This series allows the residents of the multi-cultural Diamond Neighborhoods to experience top-of-the-line performances in their own community. It also provides the opportunity for the rest of the region to visit the Diamond Neighborhoods, one of San Diego’s rising arts and culture districts. Learn more and view upcoming acts at www.jacobspresents.com.
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About the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills, and educational success.