Lila Downs

Wednesday, August 13

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VivaFest Presents: Lila Downs at the Montalvo Arts Center

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Show starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are on sale starting Monday, March 31 at 10am.

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A Tribute to the Songbook of Romantic Mexico

September 7, 2013 @ 8pm

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VivaFest Presents: “What A Difference the Music Makes: A Tribute to the Songbook of Romantic Mexico”

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Show starts at 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm)

Join us for an unabashedly romantic evening of classics from the Mexican songbook and classical repertoire interpreted by one of Mexico’s greatest tenors – Fernando de la Mora – and one of America’s best known mariachi ensembles – Mariachi Sol de Mexico, joined this evening by Symphony Silicon Valley, Los Lupeños de San Jose and Mariachi Azteca.

VivaFest is proud to present in collaboration with Symphony Silicon Valley an evening of romance, melody and lyricism as we focus the spotlight on a unique and popular aspect of Mexico’s musical heritage: the romantic boleros, art song and ballads beloved wherever people fall in love and created by composers such as Maria Grever, Augustin Lara, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Miguel Aceves Mejia, Consuelo Velazquez and Armando Manzanero.

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Ireland Meets Mexico in a Musical Tribute to the San Patricio Brigade

September 14, 2013 @ 7pm

September 14, 2013 @ 7pm

FREE admission

San Pedro Square Market
87 North San Pedro Street, San Jose, Ca. 95110

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VivaFest Presents, in association with the San Jose-Dublin Sister City Commission:

“Ireland Meets Mexico in a Musical Tribute to the San Patricio Brigade”

This September marks the 150th anniversary of the heroic efforts of the San Patricio Brigade, who followed their faith to fight on behalf of Mexican forces against the US invasion of Mexico in 1848. Join San Jose and Bay Area based Irish (O’Craven / Kavanaugh Brothers) and from Veracruz, Mexico – Grupo Mono Blanco – in an evening of cross cultural celebration.

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¡VivaFest!/El Grito (FREE!)

September 15th, 2013
2pm – 9:30pm

Join us on Sunday, September 15, 2013 in downtown San Jose as we extend our “hands across the border” and celebrate Mexico’s ¡VivaFest!/El Grito and the American Dream Latino style with a full day and evening of music, food, community events and cultural celebrations!

Before the Festival, stop by Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (80 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA) for a special Mariachi Mass at 10:00 am.

VivaFest welcomes this year a very special guest of honor: Consul General Carlos Ponce Martinez, of the San Jose Mexican Consulate, who will lead the community in celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day on the Main Stage at 9:00PM.


180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

Program Schedule

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Mariachi Mass

Mariachi Nuevo Luz de San Marco

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph
(80 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA)



12:30-1:00PM: Aztec Dance Calpulli Tonalehqueh and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vive
1:50-2:05PM: Ballet Folklorico Santee
2:10-3:10PM: Banda Nueva Carrizal
3:20-3:35PM: Ballet Folklorico de Elena Robles
3:35-3:40PM: Appearance by MundoFox celebrity Poncho de Ands
3:40-3:55PM: Emerging mariachi star Danielito from the MundoFox program “Factor X”
3:55-4:50PM: Novillos del Norte
4:50-4:55PM: Appearance by Mundo Fox celebrity Marco Antonio Regil
4:55-5:05PM: Banda Toro
6:00-6:10PM: Paquito
6:10-6:30PM: Mariachi
6:40-7:40PM: Sonora Santanera
7:40-8:40PM: Banda El Mexicano
8:40-8:55PM: Mono Blanco
8:55-9:10PM: Ballet folklorico Los Lupeños de San José
9:10PM: Re-enactment of “El Grito” for Mexican Independence and Mariachi Azteca



1:00pm-1:30pm: Sonido Eclipse
1:30pm-2:30pm: Ballet Folklórico de Carlos Moreno
2:45pm-3:30pm: Gigante de Hierro y su Banda
3:45pm-4:30pm: Grupo La Kontienda
4:45pm-5:30pm: Banda Iluminación
5:45pm-6:10pm: Carmen Rios
6:15pm-6:30pm: Melissa y Sebastián
6:45pm-7:30pm: Banda la Mas Chicoteada
7:45pm-8:45pm: Los Dinnos




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Kinky Plus Carla Morrison / La Santa Cecilia / Sistema Bomb


Due to scheduling conflicts the performance by Kinky, Carla Morrison, La Santa Cecilia and Sistema Bomb scheduled to play the VivaFest! festival at the San Jose Civic on September 28 has been cancelled.

Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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