Latin Band Romanza to Performs at Rancho Los Cerritos For August 26th Summer Concert

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Mariachi Romanza

Rancho Los Cerritos announces Latin band Romanza to perform in the August 26 summer concert at the Rancho. Friends and family get the chance to sway and salsa dance Latin music as well as enjoy a self-packed picnic dinner. Museum gates will be open for picnicking after 4:30 p.m., and the concert is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held out in the open garden of the Rancho adobe house, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets. The cost of attendance is free.

The mariachi and Latin jazzed infused band Romanza was developed and led my Mexican-American musician Rodrigo Rodriguez Diaz. He grew up in a well-rounded family where his father was a surgeon, but he always enjoyed the tunes of music. His father then hired a music teacher to teach his five daughters and two sons the realms of music. The children performed at social gatherings during national holidays such as Christmas.

Diaz started the band Romanza on a “research, learn and perform” basis. Thus, it further broadened his perspectives of Mexican-related music. He studied the concepts of globalization and developed the idea of integrating the traditional mariachi with world beat music such as adean, bossa, Cuban and jazz. Diaz is known for playing a number of instruments. His studies in Mexico focused on bass, which then became a stepping-stone for him to take on electronic bass after trying to adapt to the fierce music industry of Mexico.

Diaz’s current projects include lead and guide his current Romanza band; perform as the charango player in a Peruvian ensemble called the Inca, and play the piano for Catholic communities. Five years from now, Diaz hopes his band picks up and reaches its goals. “We are barely starting on our first recording,” Diaz said. Diaz and his band Romanza are expanding educationally. “We are assembling cultural programs at schools where we will teach children about Mexican music through stories and getting them familiar with instruments such as the Guitarra de Concheros and Bajo Quinto.”

The Romanza concert is the third and last summer concert held this year at Rancho Los Cerritos. Parking is available in the lot across from the Rancho entrance, or along Virginia Road.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. This beautifully preserved 1844 two-story adobe house and landscaped gardens echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California. For more information about this summer concert, please contact us at (562) 570-1755 or visit www.rancholoscerritos.org.

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