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El Grito: Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Copley Plaza at The Old Globe

For the second consecutive year in September, we will host El Grito: Mexican Independence Day Celebration. Please join us for a free concert featuring Madame Ur y Sus Hombres on Saturday, September 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Tijuana-based musical duo Madame Ur y Sus Hombres will headline the event starting at 11:15 a.m. At 12:00 noon, there will be a workshop featuring Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio de San Dieguito, which will present traditional Mexican folk dances. There will be other participatory events with craft making for kids and their adults, along with a taco stand, margaritas, and Mexican beer. At 1:30 p.m. the Mexican Consulate in San Diego will raise the flag and sing the Mexican National Anthem followed by “El Grito” commemorating that historic night. Our special host Tony Valencia will introduce and explain all aspects of this marvelous celebration, both in English and Spanish!

AXIS are programs supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Financial support of The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

Madame Ur y Sus Hombres
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Madame Ur y Sus Hombres.

Madame Ur y Sus Hombres is a fine rarity originating from Tijuana. This group is an active model of an artistic scene that is constantly in mutation. They possess a lineage that is difficult to trace, which results in an emotional and exciting mix of alternative rock, pseudo-chanson, jazz, and power ballad. Since the year 2000, they have exceled with their timeless sound and intense stage presence. Evolving as a cult project, they have found a way to grow independently and give this music an essence of theatricality, melodrama, distortion, and cabaret. Featuring Azzul Monraz (voice and lyrics), Joel Castillo (keyboard and guitar), and Toto Zúñiga (bass), they work onstage as a trio, a duet, or even a band accompanied by an orchestra. Madame Ur is Azzul’s alter ego who, for the most recent material, embodies a black-cat woman with elegant animal mannerisms with a standout hand-knot veil against her face. Along these last 10 years, and working independently, they have produced the EP Men & Pearl Necklaces, the album Animal Man, and the EP Better Day. Their collaborations include Black Needle Noisedel, producer of John Fryer, with the song titled “La Diosa y el Hombre” (“The Goddess and the Man”); the Cirque du Soleil cast recording Luzia with the Tijuana-based Soleily Nortec Collective; bostich + fusible, creating the song “Flores en el Desierto” (“Flowers in the Desert”); and the album homage to Chavela Vargas entitled La Chamana with the song “Mundo Raro” (“Weird World”).