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UC Riverside Celebrates Chicano Music at 7th Annual Radio Aztlán Music Festival

Bands From Throughout Southern California to Perform

(April 2, 2003)

The 7th Annual Radio Aztlán Music Festival at the University of California, Riverside will celebrate the wide variety of Chicano music Saturday April 5 with bands from all over Southern California scheduled to perform at the University Theatre.

Theatre doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance tickets are available through the office of Chicano Student Programs at UC Riverside, (909) 787-3821. The price for advance tickets is $10 with $12 charged the night of the event. Ticket sales pay for the event and other cultural programs at UC Riverside. Parking at UC Riverside costs $5 per vehicle.

The concert will feature groups and solo artists performing an eclectic mix of music, ranging across Chicano folklore, Tex-Mex, doo-wop, oldies and Chicano rap. Featured guests include East Los Angeles’ Cannibal & the Headhunters, performing 1960s doo-wop hits; San Diego’s Los Alacránes, performing Chicano/barrio melodies in the style of corridos; and Erika Carrillo, a rising 15-year-old Oxnard singer performing Tex-Mex compositions. Chicano rap artists 5th Sun and Payaso, both of the Inland Empire also are scheduled to perform, as well as Riverside oldies performers Lil’ Bit of Soul.

Past Radio Aztlán Music Festival performers have included Lalo Guerrero, poet Jose Montoya, United Farm Workers music composer Agustín Lira, and blues guitarist Beto Lovato.

Radio Aztlán broadcasts from UC Riverside on Friday nights through Saturday mornings on KUCR 88.3 FM. The show began in 1982 when the campus’ radio station manager Louis Van Den Berg approached then director of Chicano Student Programs, Alberto Chavez with a plan to diversify the station’s programming.


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