La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.
In 2013, the band released their major label debut Treinta Dias (30 Days), which featured a captivating collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” Now, just after their GRAMMY win for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, the band presents their new album Someday New. The album features seven new tracks, which include a heartfelt Spanglish rendition of The Beatles iconic “Strawberry Fields Forever”,plus the unforgettable new Mexican classic “Como Dios Manda”; as well as a fresh new radio-edit of their single “Monedita” and the full version of their moving, and militant “ICE – El Hielo.”
Vivian Garcia opens the show
Vivian Garcia is Chicagoan born to Cuban parents. She began singing boleros and rumba flamenca covers in Chicago in 1999 with a local groups and spent four years in Sarasota,Florida 2001-2005 performing in clubs throughout the region. Upon returning to Chicago without a band , she found herself desiring to grace the stage once more. She made a bold move to live in Granada, Spain to study flamenco guitar at the Escuela Carmen de Las Cueva for several months in 2006 returning in 2007 and again in 2009 to continue learning. During the years of 2010- 2013 while living in Madrid, Spain working on an M.A. in Spanish literature she longed once more to perform and came into contact with many folk musicians from the U.K., and Spain who would influence her songwriting. Playing the open mic circuit there in 2012 ,she began to write the songs that would eventually become her first self produced album “Cold Bed”. It is a blend of folk and blues with some latin influences mixed in.
Since coming back from her time abroad she has performed at several venues in Chicago including Double Door, Subterranean, Martyrs, Underground Wonder Bar as well as having performed for Cumbiasazo, Fiesta del Sol, Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival and Villapalooza. Vivian has been a vocalist with the Chicago band ¡Esso Afrojam Funkbeat! for the last year. During this time she has had the chance to flourish vocally, singing house , funk, cumbia, salsa, reggae and many other genres. They are set to release an album this Spring 2015. She is also working an her first studio album set to be released this fall.