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Radio Atzlán Chicano Music Festival

UC Riverside’s Radio Aztlán Music Festival Loaded With Red-Hot Acts

Now in its 8th Year, Festival Covers Wide Range of Chicano Music Styles

(March 29, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The 8th Annual Radio Aztlán Music Festival is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday April 3 in the University of California, Riverside University Theatre. Advance ticket purchasing is strongly recommended because of limited seating. Tickets can be purchased at UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs at 229 Costo Hall or by calling (909) 787-3821.

The festival presents a collection of performances emphasizing the variety of existing music styles from a Chicano perspective. Music performances range from labor movement protest songs to East L.A. rock and roll, rap, R&B, many of them original compositions.

The musical guests were selected for the event because of their unique Chicano perspectives on music and their influential, positive lyrics, not to mention their popularity among students. A group of radio shows comprising Radio Aztlán can be heard weekly on KUCR 88.3 FM, from 5:30 p.m., Fridays to 7 a.m., Saturdays.

Expected to play at the Radio Aztlán Music Festival are six outstanding musical guest, which include:

  • Los Jornaleros- A band formed by day laborers, which delivers music addressing issues facing this marginalized segment of the American workforce in their debut CD entitled Cruzando Fronteras. The group stays focused by evolving through its members and partaking in political/labor events surrounding related issues.
  • Rosa Marta Zarate - A special tribute will be included to highlight the music and involvement of Zarate, an activist from the Inland Empire, best known for her community organizing in areas relating to women/Chiapas, Mexico, field worker organizing efforts, and immigration/border issues.

  • Anthony Prieto — A vocalist and original composer from the Santa Barbara area.

  • East L.A. Revue All Star Band - Original members of the ELA Revue promote oldies/soul with renditions of songs, including hits from popular artists, through their unique sound known as the East L.A. Rock ‘N Roll sound.

  • El Vuh — A group of rap artists concentrating on messages of unity and culture through public action.

  • M.C. Blvd - A popular young artist among barrio youth who combines rhythm and blues with Christian lyrics. His songs off his CD, Jesus is King, speak of life challenges and overcoming obstacles through spiritual inspirations.

The music festival is sponsored by the UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs, which is designed to provide guidance for Chicano and Latino students through college, and also to help them overcome cultural or institutional barriers that may hamper their university experience.


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