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The CALA PHX! Fest will be held Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd in Downtown Phoenix. The area between 1st & 3rd streets and Adams & Monroe will be closed to make way for this festival featuring Latin American-themed performances, music, and activities taking place on 4 different stages. There will also be food trucks and an artist's mercado. Be sure to check out the lineup of featured entertainers and head to the heart of Downtown Phoenix to enjoy the best that local and international Latin American artists have to offer. FREE and OPEN to the public.


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CALA PHX FEST! Entertainment Schedule


5:30 pm Mill Ave Chamber Players
6:45 pm PowerDrive Band
8:00 pm DJ Lengua, Mexican Institute of Sound- Camilo Lara, Live Video Mixer Artist- Juan Luna-Avin

Programming by ALAC
6:00 pm Primavera Dance Company
6:30 pm Cesar Chavez
7:00 pm Mariachi Pasión
8:00 pm SMCC Latin Jazz Ensemble
9:00 pm Rhythm is Life Steel Band

7:30 pm Dos Manos Rock Band
8:00 pm Caribbean Percussion

5:30 pm Mass


12:00 pm DJ Seduce
1:30 pm Salsa Lessons by Salsa Phoenix
3:00 pm Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company
4:00 pm DJ Seduce
4:30 pm Tradiciones Folkloric Dance

1:00 pm The History of Latin Music
2:00 pm Bless me, Última
6:00 pm Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company
7:30 pm Mighty Vandals

12:00 pm Guitarras Latinas
2:00 pm Rosies House Youth Choir
3:00 pm Mayda del Valle
4:00 pm Jose Luis Orozco
5:30 & 6:30 pm Tera Cresalida Band
8:00 pm Chapito

10:00 am Mass
11:00 am Altars on display
Workshops throughout the day

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Featured Artists

Bless Me, Última
Teatro Bravo is proud to open our new season with Bless Me, Última by Rudy Anaya. Based on the critically acclaimed novel, the play tells the story of young Tony Marez and his nurturing relationship with Última, a wise curandera who has come to stay with Tony and his family in the last year of her life. Throughout his time with Última, Tony delves into a spiritual transformation during cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest.

Camilo Lara
Founder of the band Mexican Institute of Sound, Camilo Lara has made his way over an expanding niche on the international music scene over the last years. Lara mixes traditional Mexican folk styles with electronica, hip-hop and even Bollywood sounds. The project goes beyond dance floors, to television, film soundtracks, commercials and video games. Lara has worked in the music for movies like "Y Tu Mamá También,""Rudo y Cursi," and "Club Sandwich." His music has been heard on series such as "Breaking Bad," "Scrubs," and "Californication" among others.

Chapito Chavarria was born April 7, 1913 in Solomonville, Arizona. Chapito began performing regularly at the famous La Casa Vieja with his father’s orchestra at the age of 9. Since the mid-1960s the Chapito Chavarria Orchestra has been a beloved center and unifying force with Arizona’s Latino community, playing at weddings, quinceañeras, community gatherings and celebrations of every kind. Chapito’s original arrangements make use of tropical rhythms of the Sonora Santanera sound from Mexico City very popular in the mid-1950s, combined with older Mexican Waltzes, PasoDobles, and Danzon. Today, at age 99 Chapito lives at The Phoenix Manor with his beloved wife of 72 years, Consuelo Huerta Chavarria, age 93.

DJ Lengua
DJ LENGUA has been tearing up backyard parties, cantinas, and clubs all over California and the world for years with his solid cumbia sounds and innovative jockey sensibilities. His ability to fuse loops from traditional Latin tunes and cumbias with chunky, straightforward beats create seriously infectious mixes. As a founding member of DISCOS UNICORNIO record label, DJ LENGUA has released numerous mixes and three vinyl LP's. Well known at the infamous Club Unicornio nights in S.F. he is also resident selector with the Mas Exitos crew at the Verdugo Bar in L.A. as well as the Mas Discoteca parties in L.A.

DJ Seduce
Whether behind the turntables, in the studio, or putting together a variety of events, DJ Seduce is always on a mission to capture audiences in a way that sets him apart from most in the entertainment industry. Since his emergence in 2001, DJ Seduce has taken his love for jazz, funk, soul, and world beats, and expanded his global horizons far beyond the nightclub walls. Not your typical DJ, but a musician’s DJ, and a DJ's musician, DJ Seduce has created his own unique sound & style drawing on influences from Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Europe & the Middle East. With an eclectic taste for musical treats, DJ Seduce digs deep through the past and present, giving you a blast of musical fusion from influential taste makers like Art Blakey, Fela Kuti, Jorge Ben, Nicola Conte & Buena Vista Social Club.

Gennaro Garcia
Gennaro is one of the cofounders of the Calle 16 Mural Project in Phoenix, AZ. Combining Italian techniques for working with oils, acrylics, wood, and plaster with a color palette from his childhood in Mexico, Gennaro’s art showcases world class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective. Gennaro will be opening his own gallery in spring 2014 in Phoenix and he is also opening a restaurant/gallery in his hometown of Sonora this November. Gennaro is this year's CALA Showcase Artist; his piece, Árbol de la vida con Catrina, which he made in collaboration with his father, is the image featured in this year's posters and brochures.

Guitarras Latinas
How would you like to stroll the beaches of Brazil, dance the streets of Havana, and experience the electricity of Sevilla, all in one day? Guitarras Latinas takes you on a “musical tour” of Latin America. With acoustic guitars, romantic vocals and dynamic latin percussion, Guitarras Latinas transports your heart and soul to Valenzuela, Old Mexico, the Andes, and more. So, put your passport away! Sit back, relax and enjoy a cultural journey with Guitarras Latinas.

Jose Luis Orozco
José-Luis Orozco is a bilingual educator, children’s author, and recording artist who has dedicated his life to creating quality bilingual music, books, and videos for children. He encourages learning of the Spanish language and promotes Latin American culture through his art. His rich catalog includes 15 CDs, a DVD, and 3 award-winning songbooks – a collection that has garnered over 200 million in sales. Each year, he shares his music in live performances for over 100,000 educators at education conferences nationwide, who then integrate his music into their classroom curriculum. In 2013, he celebrates a career milestone, his 40-year anniversary creating bilingual children’s music.

Mayda del Valle
Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.” A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She has appeared in publications ranging from Latina Magazine to The New York Times. Smithsonian Magazine chose her as one of “America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences” and Oprah’s O Magazine named her as one of 20 women for the first ever “O Power List.” Mayda even performed at The White House for the President and First Lady.

The Might Vandals
The Mighty Vandals of Miami, AZ won the 1951 state basketball championship, going undefeated, breaking nine national and 18 state records along the way. The team’s players were unlikely hoop champs. Three years before the U.S. Supreme Court ended school segregation, the squad of mostly Latino teens were local celebrities by day but by night they returned to their poor, segregated neighborhoods where at the local YMCA they weren’t allowed to use the swimming pool, except on Sundays, the day the pool was drained. Still, they triumphed. This new play by James E. Garcia tells an all-too-true story from the not so distant past.

The Mill Ave Chamber Players is a professional woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) formed in 2007. Featured performances of Mill Ave Chamber Players include the Southwest Season Ticket, where the ensemble recorded for a live studio audience in the new KBAQ studios in 2010. In 2012, the ensemble was featured at the Southwest Horn Conference where in collaboration with the Phoenix Chamber Brass gave the US Premiere of Navajo Mandala by Kerry Turner.

Phoenix Boys Choir
Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Boys Choir, through educating boys in the art of singing and performing the finest music in the boy choir tradition, develops character, discipline, leadership, global awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence, thereby contributing to the greater Phoenix musical life and enhancing Arizona’s cultural reputation nationally and internationally. The Phoenix Boys Choir guarantees every member a world-class music education and one of the most significant experiences of his life.

La Procesion
Masked dancers and musicians lead the way in Cultural Coalition's traditional Dia de los Muertos Procesión. The audience is invited to take part of the Procesión in honor of our beloved departed.

Power Drive Band
Power Drive Band is composed of 10 musicians that have come together to provide entertainment in a bi-lingual and bi-cultural format. We take audiences on an eclectic aural journey that could begin with light Latin Cumbia, continue with a strong Salsa beat, slowing down for a romantic Latin Bolero before taking you back in time with some Rhythm & Blues/Oldies. Known as "The Hardest Working Band in Phoenix" we'll keep you moving and entertained throughout the night.

Rosie's House Mariachis
Rosie’s House was founded on the belief that music education helps students build self-esteem, learn discipline and become creative thinkers – important skills necessary for being successful in academics and life. Our students come from diverse backgrounds but they all have one thing in common – the potential to be forever changed by the transformational experience of learning to play a musical instrument.

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VIP Tickets

Friday | 5pm – 10pm | $40
Includes: Prime viewing of CALA Rocks Stage, Appetizers, Complimentary Soda and Water and 1 Drink Ticket for Beer or Wine

Saturday | 11am - 10pm | $60
Includes: Prime viewing of CALA Rocks Stage, Appetizers, Complimentary Soda and Water and 1 Drink Ticket for Beer or Wine

Friday & Saturday Combo Ticket | $80
Includes: Prime viewing of CALA Rocks Stage, Appetizers, Complimentary Soda and Water and 1 Drink Ticket per day for Beer or Wine

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Vendor Information

Artists, organizations, and food vendors are invited to apply for booth space which will be available at the CALA PHX! Fest. For more information, please DOWNLOAD an application and submit it by Sept. 23rd. If your booth will require power, please also download the Electrical Form.

Download Artist/Organization Booth Application
Download Food Vendor Booth Application
Download Electrical Form

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Hotel Info

We are pleased to be partnered with the Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel to offer visitors a comfortable stay in Downtown Phoenix. Click on the link below for information on rates and availability, and to book your room.

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