Los Cenzontles is a band, a nonprofit organization, a music academy, a community space for youth and families, and a hub for Latino artists – all working together to amplify our Mexican roots here in the Bay Area and beyond.

We produce original music, videos, and educational tools. We teach classes to hundreds of local youth in traditional Mexican music, dance, and arts and crafts. We host many popular community events throughout the year.

Locally, we are a second home for many families and we are a long-standing leader in the Mexican roots revival here in the United States.


Grant awarded by Super Bowl Host Committee

Our Executive Director, Eugene Rodriguez has been recognized by the 50 Fund Super Bowl Host Committee as a Playmaker. We will use our 50 Fund Playmaker grant to support our…

Streaming premiere of celebrated documentary series

Los Cenzontles proudly announces the online premiere of its celebrated documentary trilogy that explore issues of tradition, identity, and arts education in working class communities. The films, directed by Mexican filmmaker Ricardo Braojos…

KQED Article about Los Cenzontles

Andrew Gilbert at KQED has written a nice article about our 25 years of “Keeping It Real at the East Bay’s Los Cenzontles Academy”