Councilmember Uranga Joins World-renown Lecturer Gregorio Luke to Present Mariachi Under the Stars

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Councilmember Roberto Uranga has teamed up with world-renown lecturer Gregorio Luke and Mariachi Imperial to present the popular Mariachi Under the Stars multimedia lecture in Long Beach this Saturday, July 18th.

As part of this summer’s Murals Under the Stars event series, Mariachi Under the Stars will bring the history of Mariachi music to life for both fans of the genre and newcomers. In Mexico, mariachis are present in the most important moments in life; the genre is the secret reservoir of strength in difficult times and the extra joy in celebrations. Accompanied by Mariachi Imperial, Gregorio Luke will showcase legends such as Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and Javier Solis, explore the meaning of the lyrics of Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and connect the genre’s history to contemporary superstars such as Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel.

Gregorio Luke currently serves as Director of Art in Communities and Schools (ARCOS), a nonprofit organization that works to bring art and cultural presentations to schools and communities at no cost. With over 20 years of experience offering cultural multimedia presentations in museums and venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Library Congress, the Ford Amphitheatre, and Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Luke continues to enthusiastically bring the art world to life. Long Beach, with its diverse population consisting of over 40% Latinos, will enjoy an enriching bilingual experience.

As a huge fan of the sounds, sights, and history of Mariachi music, I look forward to sharing the Mariachi Under the Stars experience with our community. In a city that is becoming increasingly diverse as Long Beach, events such as this serve to provide cultural enrichment and encourage greater understanding of the many cultures that we enjoy in our great city.

Mariachi Under the Stars will take place this Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM at Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue. This event is co-sponsored by Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, and the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Councilmember Roberto Uranga was elected on April 8, 2014 to represent the Seventh District on the Long Beach City Council. Uranga previously represented Area 2 on the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees for 14 years. Leading efforts to upgrade classrooms and connect community colleges with other levels of education through the College Promise initiative, Councilmember Uranga was elected as the first ever Latino to serve as Chair of the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Roberto attended California State University, Long Beach, where he worked for seven years as an administrator in the university’s retention program before beginning his 28-year career with the City of Long Beach, serving in various departments including the Department of Health and Human Services. Roberto’s bride of 28 years is former Long Beach 7th District Councilmember, Tonia Reyes Uranga. He and Tonia have lived in the Wrigley Area of Long Beach for 31 years.

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