Celebrate Latino Heritage through Music and Advocacy

Listen up! The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has joined forces with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Mexican Heritage Corporation (MHC) to organize a series of concerts in California that not only honor Latino culture but also spread awareness about the need for immigration reform. That’s something we can get behind.

So mark your calendars:

August 13: Human Rights activist Dolores Huerta celebrates her 80th birthday with a benefit show entitled “Weaving Movements Together” at the Greek Theater in Hollywood. Helping to blow out the candles (and raise funds for her eponymous foundation) will be guitar hero Carlos Santana, legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha and songstress Lila Downs, who equates honoring Dolores Huerta to weaving together “the sounds of heartache, dreams of justice and dignity for all people.” For more information, visit doloreshuerta.org.

September 16–26: The San Jose Mexican Heritage & Mariachi Festival is expanding to commemorate Mexico’s Bicentennial this year. On September 25, catch “Adelita! The Women of the Mexican Revolution,” featuring performances by cultural icon Eugenia León, Mariachi Cobre (the official mariachi of Disney World) and Grammy award winner Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. On September 26, “A Concert for the American Dream” is all about immigrants’ contributions to this nation with performances by Norteño kings Los Tigres del Norte and special guest Intocable. Earlier in on the 26th, multi-culti musical ambassadors Ozomatli give a free show. “It’s a gift and an honor to play a part in such an amazing community of people that continuously strive for the level of humanity we need in this world as a whole,” says Ozomatli’s lead vocalist Asdru Sierra, who can’t wait to “show our fusion of sounds, languages and cultures as a model for the rest of the world.” For more information, visit sanjosemariachifestival.com.

September 28: MALDEF hosts the “Truth in Immigration” Benefit Concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with performances by Los Tigres del Norte and East L.A. quintet Los Lobos. The purpose of the show is to educate our communities about immigrant rights and continue the fight against anti-immigrant laws and crimes. For more information, visit maldelf.org.