Hola Mexico Closing Night: Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel

A Delicious Evening under the Stars features outdoor screening of the documentary at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, May 22

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: May 8, 2013

Hola Mexico Closing Night: Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel

The Hola Mexico Festival, formerly the "Hola Mexico Film Festival" returns to Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive year, offering an array of culturally rich events and showcasing the best of Mexico in film, food and music. The Hola Mexico Music Festival will showcase music themed documentary films featuring the alternative rock ban Molotov and Cumbia music leading man Celso Pi??a. The festival will feature a live concert by Celso Pi??a and a musical performance by La Misa Negra. Other musical acts include: Fernanda Ulibarri, Chicano Batman and Raul y Mexia. The Hola Mexico Festival also offers the Hola Mexico Food Festival and the Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by DishLATINO; taking place at various locations in Downtown Los Angeles from May 15 - 22.

See www.holamexicofest.com for a complete schedule and ticket information. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/holamexicoff and on Twitter: @HolaMexicoFF.

With an enhanced mission to provide a comprehensive cultural experience to its patrons, the Hola Mexico Festival will host three separate but complimentary festivals: the Hola Mexico Food Festival, which will feature various culinary events, including a live cooking extravaganza with five renowned chefs from Mexico, curated by LA's Culinary figure, Bricia Lopez; the Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by DishLATINO featuring the best recent cinema from Mexican film directors and production companies and; at the intersection of film and music, the Hola Mexico Music Festival will showcase music themed documentaries featuring music legends Celso Pi??a and Molotov. The festival's new location in Downtown LA provides a state of the art movie experience for the increasingly popular event, keeping the film, food and music all within a close proximity.

The Opening Night Fiesta will feature the epic film Ciudadano Buelna (Citizen Buelna), directed by Felipe Cazals and features a star-studded cast that includes Sebasti?ín Zurita, Marimar Vega, Dami?ín Alcazar, Bruno Bichir and Tenoch Huerta. The film, which will be making its international premiere at Hola Mexico, tells the little known story of the Mexican revolution that could have changed the history of the emerging nation. Musical acts performing that evening include: the talented alternative rock singer Fernanda Ulibarri; the LA-based quartet with their irresistible offerings of Latin soul, Chicano Batman and; Raul y Mexia, the brother urban duo who are one of the most-talked about new artists in Latin music this year. While Raul's voice is melodic and romantic, Mexia adds the urban energy that makes the audience stand up and dance. Mexia's real name is Hern?ín, named after their dad, bassist Hern?ín Hern?índez from the legendary band Los Tigres del Norte. The brothers grew up with one "foot in Mexico and one foot in San Jose, California" and listening to everything from Santana to Miles Davis to a lot of norte??o and banda music. The Opening Night Fiesta will also feature tequila, mescal and beer tasting (for patrons age 21 and over). The event will take place on the evening of May 15 at the Los Angeles Theater on 615 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

The festival will showcase on Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 PM the Los Angeles Premiere of the documentary Gimme The Power by Director Olallo Rubio who was one of the biggest radio personalities in Mexico in the 1990s, with rock music and Mexican politics as topics of debate on his show. Gimme The Power gives his insight into the history of Mexico and his understanding of Mexico's biggest issues. He studies the career of Molotov, one of Mexico's most successful rock bands, a band whose music has become the soundtrack to Mexico's key political changes.

The Hola Mexico Festival's Closing Night event, "A Delicious Evening under the Stars" presented by Alaska Airlines and New York Life; aptly combines all three festival components. The evening; will feature an outdoor screening of the documentary Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel (Celso Pi??a. El rebelde del acorde??n), directed by Alfredo Marr??n Santander, with a concert by the legendary cumbia master Celso Pi??a, and desserts by Chef Jos?® Ram??n Castillo. The event will take place at Hola Mexico's collaborating institution LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, located at 501 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The documentary Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel (Celso Pi??a. El rebelde del acorde??n) investigates the rise of Sonideros and the establishment of Colombian cumbia in "La Indepe," the harsh neighborhood where Celso was born in Monterrey, and where he developed his iconic musical style. As his career progresses, he develops his signature fusion of music genres and his infectiously danceable rhythms.

Celso Pi??a, also known as El Rebelde del acorde??n or the Cacique de la Campana, is a professional singer, composer, arranger, and accordionist mainly in the genre of cumbia. He is a pioneer in the mixture and fusion of tropical sounds with many of his works having elements of musica norte??a, sonidero, ska, reggae, rap/hip-hop, R&B, etc. In 1980, Celso Pi??a bought his first accordion and was introduced to the world of cumbia. He spent numerous hours of practice and work in the popular district of Colonia Independencia, south of the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Pi??a taught himself how to play the accordion with no formal training. As a result he was able to create the unique sound he is well known for.

Ticket prices for the Hola Mexico Festival events:
?À General admission tickets for regular film screening are $10.
?À Opening Night Fiesta Tickets are $25 (Before May 3), $30 (May 4 - 14) and $35 (at the door on May 15). Admission includes film screening and party with food and drinks (Must be 21 and over to drink alcoholic beverages).
?À Closing Night Screening and Concert are $30. Admission includes film screening and Celso Pi??a concert. Light appetizers and cash bar (Must be 21 and over to drink alcoholic beverages).
?À La Gran Parrillada tickets are $40. Admission includes Food, spirits and wine tasting.
?À Viva Mezcal tickets are $45. Ticket includes dinner with Chef Rodolfo Castellanos and an exclusive Mezcal tasting.
?À DishLATINO Film Festival Pass is $160.00. The pass includes all festival films including opening and closing events.
?À Festival Pass is $190.00. It includes all film and Food events, excluding Viva Mezcal.
?À VIP Festival Pass $220.00. It includes all festival events and priority seating at regular film screenings.

Please visit www.holamexicofest.com to purchase tickets and obtain more information.

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