Solidarity For Sanctuary is elated to partner with Grand Park on this edition of Selena For Sanctuary as a part of their Seventh Annual Downtown Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on November 1. For an organization born and bred in Los Angeles, the ability to take up space in such an iconic venue in our city is nothing short of awe-striking. A statement on its own, and as if you had any doubt- we belong here, this is our home.
From 7-10 PM on November 1st, the Downtown LA stage will be graced by a lineup brimming with all-female LA-based latinx artists, glam stations, gorgeous community-crafted altars, and custom merch. The entire event will be in direct support of Carecen, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity.
On stage, we’ll have Empress Of, the Honduran-American LA native whose genuine and fearless indie pop has catapulted her onto the international stage; San Cha, whose punk-infused ranchera baladas and intricate live shows continue to entice LA; Ceci Bastida, the OG, badass singer songwriter whose 15 years fronting legendary Tijuana ska-punk band Tijuana No! whose solo work has earned her a Latin Grammy nomination; Loyal-Lobos, the quickly-rising Colombian-American singer-songwriter whose fuzzed-out pop has audiences swooning; August Eve, whose dark pop and unforgettable voice make songs that sound like LA sunsets; and Maya Murillo of Buzzfeed’s Pero Like who will shock you with a voice that absolutely sparkles.
They’ll all be performing renditions of your favorite Selena songs under the musical direction of Chrisol Lomeli, backed by LA’s own Selenamos. There’ll also be special dances by Anahualcalmecac Danza Azteca Circulo from semillas community schools. And DJ Zuria Adia will be keeping everyone dancing throughout the evening.
Grand Park Presents Selena for Sanctuary will be hosted by none other than Yesika Salgado, the best-selling Salvadoran-American poet who melds words into beings you didn’t even know were possible. The evening will also feature a photobooth by Las Fotos Project, the photography school whose goal is to empower kids from local communities of color through photography. There’ll exclusive merch from Kids of Immigrants, the streetwear label using fashion to connect with community, and a glam station from Cholas x Chulas, the cruelty-free latinx beauty brand actively ‘rewriting the beauty code.’
Selena For Sanctuary is a concert series organized by the non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary that, via a tribute to the stereotype-shattering Tejana superstar, raises awareness about issues concerning immigrant communities and offers resources to help them during the immigration process, while also creating and celebrating community. Selena For Sanctuary has raised over $14,000 for organizations like Carecen, Amnesty International, and Make the Road NY; it’s previously been hosted at Central Park’s Summerstage, Lincoln Center and has seen its stages graces by the likes of Kali Uchis, Cuco, Gaby Moreno, Mon Laferte, and many, many more.
Solidarity for Sanctuary was started in 2017 by activist and artist manager Doris Muñoz. In the throws of the experience herself, Sanctuary began out of a need to gather resources to support the often difficult and prohibitive immigration process. Its first rendition was at the Hi-Hat in the Los Angeles neighborhood Highland Park for 300 people. Two years later, this November 1, the series makes a homecoming that couldn’t be more fitting- at one of the city’s most iconic public spaces- Grand Park, ‘the park for everyone.’