On Saturday, July 28, Rancho Los Cerritos, an historic landmark and museum in Long Beach, will host Raíces & Música: Musical Roots of Rancho Los Cerritos in its iconic backyard.
Rancho Los Cerritos is an international site where many cultures converged to create a uniquely Californian experience. From the indigenous Tongva who first settled this area, to the Spanish Land Grant that created the space for ranching, to the Mexican rule of the Temple Era, and eventual American annexation—the peoples of Ranchos Los Cerritos were shaped by their access to various cultural experiences for centuries. Drawing from the Rancho’s rich Mexican history, we will be presenting Raíces & Música: Musical Roots of Rancho Los Cerritos to highlight and celebrate this heritage.
This fun musical celebration will let guests enjoy dinner, cocktails and live music by the award-winning band Mariachi Tesoro, led by Rebecca Gonzales. Gonzales is classically trained in violin and voice, and she was the first female musician in the world to break through the high profile, all-male Mariachi scene starting with her tenure in Los Camperos de Nati Cano.
“As mayor I am proud of the partnership between the City of Long Beach and Rancho Los Cerritos, a National Historic Landmark that serves more than 25,000 visitors and students each year,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said. “On July 28th, the Rancho will reach out to the community by creating a unique event: Raíces & Música: Musical Roots of Rancho Los Cerritos, a benefit concert celebrating the Rancho’s rich Mexican heritage. The event will bring together 300 guests including academic and business leaders to celebrate the Rancho’s history with a live mariachi concert and dinner. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for the city to reinforce its connection with the Rancho, while providing support for its educational and preservation programs, including its 1844 adobe and gardens. I encourage everyone to participate in the exciting, cultural event.”
The evening raises money for preservation of the historic adobe, an expansion of exhibits, new construction, increased access to archives and the California Research Library, the maintenance of our historic gardens, and educational programming.
Raíces & Música: Musical Roots of Rancho Los Cerritos
Saturday, July 28
$100 per person; sponsorships available
Tickets and details at https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/musical-roots/
Raíces & Música Committee members
Ron Arias, Co-Chair – Retired, City of Long Beach Dir. of Health Services Trustee, The Earl B. & Loraine H. Miller Foundation Strategy Committee, Memorial Medical Center Advisory Committee, The Children’s Clinic, and Rancho Los Cerritos Board Member
Craig Carter, Co-Chair – President & CEO, Hazard Reduction Systems, Inc., President, 7C’s Safety & Environmental, Inc., and Rancho Los Cerritos Board Member
Julio Torres, PhD – Director of Spanish Language Program, UC Irvine
Jessica Quintana – Executive Director, Centro Cha
Randal Hernandez – Director of Government Affairs, Charter Spectrum
Rancho Los Cerritos is an historic home in Long Beach, Calif. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1840s-1930s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 206-2040, visit www.rancholoscerritos.org, and follow the Rancho on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This article was released by Rancho Los Cerritos.