Founded in 1992, Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco's mission is to promote Mexican folkloric dance traditions. Ranging from high school students with little dance experience to seasoned working professionals with over 10 years of dancing experience, all dancers are committed to the continuation of one of the richest manifestations of tradition and culture in Mexico – folkloric dance.
The dedication and skill of dance company members is led by the vision of artistic director Zenon Barron. Combined, the two make for the creation and execution of countless original pieces.This summer, the company is celebrating 25 years of preserving this traditional Mexican dance.
Stern Grove Park. 19 Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco
Los Angeles Azules featuring Kinky and Ximena Sariñana
Mexican group Los Ángeles Azules were formed in the early '80s by brothers Elías, José, and Jorge Mejía Avante. Playing a Latin style known as onda grupera, the band became a chart-topping act after issuing Inolvidables in 1996, soon achieving platinum status in Argentina, where they successfully performed live in 1998. Later, singer Carlos Becíes decided to leave the group, forming his own band called Los Ángeles de Charly. In 2001, Los Ángeles Azules were nominated to the Billboard Latin Music Awards; that same year, they toured the U.S. to celebrate their 20th anniversary and released Historia Musical, which peaked at number two on the Latin albums chart and hit number 161 in the Top 200. In 2002, the group introduced audiences to Becíes' replacement, singer Erick de la Peña, via the charting single "Por el Amor a Mi Madre," from the album Alas al Mundo. The full-length peaked at number six on the Latin albums chart and hit number three on the regional Mexican albums list. A live album and two compilations followed over the next two years, each placing on the charts.
In 2013 they were invited to play the Vive Latino festival. That performance proved a rousing success, and a reversal of their (mis)fortunes. They were signed by the Sony-distributed OCESA Seitrack. The label enlisted Lara and Toy Selectah to produce a new album. Entitled Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar, it showcased Los Ángeles Azules re-recording their hits in duet with guest vocalists including Carla Morrison, Lila Downs, Ximena Sariñana, and many more. A television program called Cumbia Fuzion followed, which featured the group in performance backed by the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra. The previous album was re-released as Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar Edición de Super Lujo and included a bonus disc with the symphony performance. It eventually landed at number five on the regional Mexican albums charts.