On Saturday, San Diego's La Vista Memorial Park promises to throw the most authentic Dia de los Muertos celebration in town. Infuse your sonic senses with L.A's Latin Grammy-nominated La Santa Cecilia, who headlines, along with opening support from local acts including a San Diego Music Award nominee for Best World Music, Cumbia Machin, and up-and-coming indie pop vocalist Lilian Rey.
For your visual senses, the cemetery will be lit by black lights to enhance the Dia de Los Muertos costumes and makeup. This holiday celebration is not to be confused with Halloween. Out of respect for the Mexican holiday, the event implores you to refrain from wearing Halloween costumes at the event.
“Our main objective in hosting the Day of the Dead event is to educate our community about why Day of the Dead is celebrated,” the organization's website states. “And also for the purpose of providing an authentic venue, in which this ancient tradition can be genuinely celebrated, observed and preserved for many years to come.”
From noon to 9 p.m., there will be food, vendors, artwork, ballet folklorico and theatrical performances reviving Mexican folklore. But the highlight of the event will be seeing La Santa Cecilia give a live tribute in a real cemetary to our long-lost loved ones.
Booking the Latin Grammy-nominated band was an easy decision for La Vista Memorial park general manager Luisa McCarthy of La Vista Memorial Park.
“I was told that La Santa Cecilia has a special place in their heart for the ancient tradition of celebrating Dia de los Muertos in a cemetery,” McCarthy said. “We had the pleasure of seeing them perform at Hollywood Forever 2012, and we just fell in love with their deep significant messages incorporated in their music. As we looked at the audience, it was evident that people related to their songs, so there was no way we would have anyone else to headline this year's event.”
La Vista Memorial Park is located at 3191 Orange St. in National City. For more event info.