LC Director Eugene Rodriguez will be honored by the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music at Fanfare 2017

Linda Ronstadt Donates Costumes To Los Cenzontles

We are very proud to announce that our dear friend, the legendary singer Linda Ronstadt has donated costumes from her sensational theatrical presentation Canciones De Mi Padre to Los Cenzontles.

Canciones De Mi Padre

Canciones De Mi Padre was a wildly successful recording project and concert tour that resonated deeply with Mexicans and Mexican Americans alike. We are deeply honored by this gift.

“Covers” by Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles Covers

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) proudly releases its newest album “Covers” featuring rock n roll n roll covers using Latin rhythms and instruments. Songs will be released as singles, nine total in two-week intervals beginning March 18, 2016. “Covers” includes classic songs by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Randy Newman, ELO, Jimi Hendrix, The Killers, Robert Palmer, The Pogues & Sixto Rodriguez.

Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez grew up third generation Mexican American in Southern California in the 1960’s and 70’s. At family parties he and his brother played rock songs while his uncles and aunts played mariachi music. Rodriguez says, “Los Cenzontles has always been about bridging cultural gaps. This project is another leg of that journey.”

Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) has made a name for themselves among music aficionados across the US and in Europe creating roots music, cross-cultural projects, collaborating on record and live with David Hidalgo, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, and The Chieftains, among others.

To hear the tracks visit our “Covers” playlist on our YouTube channel:

The singles will be available on major digital distribution and streaming services.

Production Credits: 

Eugene Rodriguez: vocals, guitars, vihuela, guitarra de golpe, requinto jarocho

Emiliano Rodriguez: upright bass & electric bass

Lucina Rodriguez: vihuela & jarana

Fabiola Trujillo: background vocals

Tregar Otton: violins

Miguel Govea: trumpets

Silvestre Martinez: percussion

Carlos Caro: cajon

Leonel Mendoza: harp

Shira Kammen: vielle

Juan Carreon: drums

Hector Espinoza: mariachi arrangments

Recorded by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley, CA. Editing and additional recording by Emiliano Rodriguez at LC Studios, San Pablo, CA. Mixed by Greg Morgenstein at Enormous Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering, Oakland, CA. Original photos and graphic art by Emiliano Rodriguez


© Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, 2016

Join our Kickstarter Campaign

Dear friends, please consider supporting our new album of vintage Mexican rancheras y corridos. With your support it will release in October. ¡Puro corazon!


“Alma Campirana” (Country Soul) will be an album of vintage Mexican songs in the country campirana style of the 1950’s and 60’s. Set to acoustic folk guitars, the Los Cenzontles quartet brings vigor and freshness to classic rancheras and corridos, echoing past groups like Las Palomas, Las Jilguerillas and Las Hermanitas Nuñez.

Los Cenzontles’ celebrated vocal duet of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez chose songs for “Alma Campirana” with which they have deep personal connections. The two spent parts of their childhoods in Mexican pueblos in Zacatecas and Jalisco, born into musical families. And although they immigrated to California, they maintain deep connections to their roots. “Alma Campirana” also features Eugene Rodriguez on 12-string guitar and vocals, and Emiliano Rodriguez on bass. Lucina Rodriguez plays Mexican folk guitars vihuela and guitarra de golpe as well as zapateado percussive dance.

The song list of “Alma Campirana” includes rancheras, country style songs of love, “Ojitos Verdes” and “El Columpio” and tragic corridos “Pelo de Oro” and “El Asesino” as well as corridos of the Mexican revolution “La Rielera” and “El Sepulcro de Zapata”.

Los Cenzontles are based at their Cultural Arts Academy in San Pablo, CA in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Since 1989 they teach, create media and have recorded and performed with a broad list of Mexican folk and world music artists that include Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, The Chieftains, Flaco Jiménez, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and many more.

Check out all of the fun rewards you can get, in addition to knowing that you are helping to perserve our heritage.  We only have a short time to raise funds, make your contribution now!

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Grant awarded by Super Bowl Host Committee

Our Executive Director, Eugene Rodriguez has been recognized by the 50 Fund Super Bowl Host Committee as a Playmaker.

We will use our 50 Fund Playmaker grant to support our summer programs in video editing and shooting, sound recording and live sound production for youth ages 10 and up through the purchase of production equipment. The goal of these programs is to help students develop critical thinking skills as well as technical skills related to media production.

Check out the very nice video about the Academy made by the 50 Fund Super Bowl Host Committee.