Founded in 1989

Los Cenzontles

A nonprofit cultural arts academy, a band, a production studio, and a community space for youth and families, working together to amplify our Mexican roots here in the Bay Area and beyond.

June 3rd, Brava Theater, San Francisco, Ca. 7:30PM

Los Cenzontles and Mono Blanco

We are returning to the Brava stage along with the group Mono Blanco of Veracruz, Mexico for a night and weekend of Son Jarocho. Buy Tickets Here!
July 9th, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, Ca. 7:00PM

Son Con Son Featuring Los Cenzontles, Grupo Mono Blanco and Kiki Valera

'Son con Son' unites son jarocho with son cubano. It is a project by Mexican American roots group Los Cenzontles, Grupo Mono Blanco of Veracruz, Mexico, and Kiki Valera, master of the cuatro cubano of Santiago de Cuba. Steeped in generations of their family traditions, these venerable folk artists lend their vast musical knowledge to a project that explores their deep cultural connections with soulful, and danceable, groove. Advance Tickets: $26; Tickets at the Door: $30; Youth/Student (21 & under): $13; Senior (65+): $24. Buy Tickets Here!
June 16-18, Markleeville, Ca.

Woollystar Festival

The Woollystar Festival is a three-day musical celebration in a beautiful natural setting in Markleeville, CA. Up to 300 people each day enjoy an eclectic mix of music and film. If the idea of live music, set in the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains appeals to you, the Woollystar Festival is for you. You can purchase tickets for one, two, or three days. Los Cenzontles will perform on Friday, June 16th! More information here!

Considered a second home for generations of local families, Los Cenzontles Academy invites children to learn music, dance, folk arts and crafts and to play an essential role in maintaining living traditions.

The Band

Composed of Academy alumni, Los Cenzontles digs deep into our rich Mexican American roots and our many cultural connections to the world, promoting dignity, pride, and understanding.


As first, second, and third generation immigrants and working-class people, with multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds, we share our stories through film and video productions.



"Our friends at Los Cenzontles have not only helped our daughter Sophia develop her talent as a dancer. They’ve also nurtured in her such a beautiful connection to her Mexican roots. Los Cenzontles is a priceless resource for our youth and the community as a whole."

Heidi Lopez

Mother of Sophia, age 9

"Los Cenzontles 'both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.'"

The New York Times

"Los Cenzontles is a sanctuary for people of all ages and nationalities, and encompasses the rich Mexican culture through music and dance, which in essence, feeds the soul."


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