Event | Concerts and Performances Los Cenzontles

Date and Location

  • When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium (LJG45A)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Homegrown Concerts

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for The Mockingbirds) is a Mexican American group, cultural arts academy, and media production studio based in San Pablo, California. Los Cenzontles have revived and promoted little known styles of Mexican regional music since 1989, through research, performance, education, recordings, and videos. The group has collaborated with numerous artists, including David Hidalgo, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, The Chieftains, and Flaco Jimenez. Los Cenzontles was begun in 1989 by Eugene Rodriguez as part of a California Arts Council artist residency. The goal was to create a place for area youth to learn traditional Mexican music and dance. When students' training advanced, the original touring group of Los Cenzontles was formed to showcase Mexican folk music and focus on educational outreach. That same year Eugene met Grupo Mono Blanco, leaders in the fandango movement in Veracruz, Mexico. He established a long-term international collaboration designed to bridge the Jarocho and Chicano communities. Los Cenzontles was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1994, and began performing, recording, and touring widely with several styles of Mexican music. They have since released over 30 albums and toured throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.