Son Jarocho Video Premiere with Eugene & La Marisoul

We are proud to present the music video El Pajaro Cu, a passionately contemplative rendition of a traditional son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico,
performed by our director Eugene Rodriguez and celebrated singer La Marisoul.

Filmed by Armando Aparicio and TJ Reid and edited by Jean-Louis Droulers, the video is set in natural and urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles: two regions in which this rural style of the son jarocho has taken root and where the artists live and work.

We are proud of the work that Los Cenzontles has done to introduce the rural fandango jarocho to California since the 1980’s. The El Pajaro Cu video, along with our ongoing son jarocho classes, are part of this wonderful living tradition.


Best of the Bay 2020 Award from 48Hills

Editors at 48Hills, the Bay Area’s independent, alternative news and culture site, has selected Los Cenzontles as one of their “Best of the Bay” picks for 2020.

We’re grateful to 48Hills for the honor. To read the article on Los Cenzontles, click here!

Linda and the Mockingbirds to be Released Digitally October 20th

The highly-anticipated new documentary Linda and the Mockingbirds will be released digitally on October 20th by Shout! Studios and PCH Films.

The film captures Los Cenzontles’ 2019 road trip with Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and a tour bus full of Los Cenzontles students to the small town of Banámichi in the Mexican state of Sonora, where Linda’s grandfather grew up.

The film also features the stories of Los Cenzontles members and families going back 20 years.

You can preorder Linda and the Mockingbirds on iTunes by clicking here! To learn more about the documentary Linda and The Mockingbirds, visit

And check out the film’s trailer below…

Linda and the Mockingbirds: A Film Screening + Conversation!

If you haven’t heard the news, a documentary film that captures last year’s trip to Linda Ronstadt’s ancestral home in the Sonoran Desert by Los Cenzontles, Linda, and Jackson Browne is coming out soon!

The film, called “Linda and the Mockingbirds” celebrates the longtime relationship between Linda and Los Cenzontles and it will be screened next week during the Thriving Roots Virtual Music Conference being hosted by the Americana Music Assn. Foundation. The screening will be followed by a recorded Zoom conversation (Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2 pm Pacific time) between Linda, the film’s director and producer James Keach, Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez, and moderated by journalist Randy Lewis. For more information, CLICK HERE!

NEW VIDEO SERIES: The Backyard Sessions

We are proud to present the Backyard Sessions, a new video series featuring performances by Los Cenzontles Academy students. It follows our popular Front Porch Sessions series of videos released in the Spring.

This Summer our teachers recognized that the pandemic would not soon dissipate. So they began teaching our singers to accompany themselves on guitar. These videos demonstrate their progress. And they capture the emotion of these most unusual times of loss and social isolation.

The first video presents sisters Isabel,16, and Selena, 12, singing “Paloma Azul” (Blue
Dove) dedicated to their grandparents.

The Backyard Sessions, like the previous Front Porch Sessions, are directed by James Hall. They occupy a place in our larger effort to address the impacts of the global pandemic, both economic and emotional, on our community.

Once again, Eugene Rodriguez, along with Academy’s teachers and the film crew were welcomed into the homes of our students—with everyone donning face masks and observing social distancing—to capture these special moments.