Heartbeat of Mexico 2022

In association with Chapman’s Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum

Heartbeat of Mexico 2022
Memorial Day Weekend

May 27 - May 29, 2022

Take a look at this year's Heartbeat of Mexico brochure


From Aztec dancers to spectacular mariachi, and indoor and outdoor performances, Musco Center’s Heartbeat of Mexico Family Festival has been bringing Mexican and Mexican-American culture and arts to thousands of community members for the past five years.

This year’s Heartbeat of Mexico kicks off with Grammy Award-winning group Kinky on May 27 at 7:30 PM.  Known for their energetic live shows as much as their recordings, Kinky has a strong international following. Their unique genre-blending and lively performance style led the London Metro to praise them for their “demented fusion of funky guitar licks, electronic beats, housey grooves, and stomping electro-rock.”

On Saturday, join our outdoor dance party with La Santa Cecilia. Named after the Roman Catholic patron saint of music, this dynamic band takes inspiration from music around the world with a modern Latin rock sound that blends cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, and klezmer music. Accordionist and requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and vocalist ‘La Marisoul’ write songs about love and loss, which resonate with their fans, especially the bicultural community in the U.S. that appreciates the Latin American influences in their sound. 

On Sunday, May 29, guests can enjoy a free, family-friendly festival out on the sprawling lawn of the Aitken Arts Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In collaboration with the Chapman Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum, guests can expect performances, arts & crafts, food, and children’s activities, all celebrating Mexican and Mexican-American history, culture, art, and community. Please note: you must bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. 

Later that night at 6 p.m. the Musco stage welcomes singers Graciela Beltrán and Lupita Infante, backed by Mariachi Grullense.

Tickets for Heartbeat of Mexico events are on sale now and may be purchased at www.muscocenter.org or by calling Ticketing Services at 714-997-6812. All tickets include no-cost parking.

Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif. Please visit CU Safely Back for the latest COVID-19 protocols for Chapman visitors. 

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 27

7:30 PM | Musco Center
Hailing from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Kinky is a Grammy Award-winning five-piece band with a distinct electronic sound with hints of rock and funk influences.

Saturday, May 28

La Santa Cecilia
Outside Aitken Arts Plaza
Gates - 3:30 PM
Jarabe Mexicano - 4:45 PM
La Santa Cecilia - 6:00 PM

Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia. 

La Santa Cecilia, named after the Roman Catholic patron saint of music, takes inspiration from music around the world, creating its modern Latin rock sound by mixing together cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, and klezmer music.

Sunday, May 29

Family Festival
11:30 AM - 6 PM
An in-person, family-friendly community outdoor experience celebrating Mexican culture.
Please bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. 

Stage 1

11:00-11:30 AM - Mariachi Panteras (Chapman School of Music)

11:30-11:45 AM - Opening Ceremony

11:45-12:15 PM - El Sol Academy

1:15-1:45 PM - Mantra

2:45-3:15 PM - Maria Blues

4:15-4:45 PM - LoverSonicos Latin Grooves Band

5:30-6:00 PM - El Santo Golpe

Stage 1 MC: Hector Luis Rivera

Family Activities: Yenny Bernal, mini canvas paintings with Frida & others

Stage 2

12:30-1:00 PM - Los Santos Mariachi (Santa Ana High School)

2:00-2:30 PM - Sabor de Mexico

3:30-4:00 PM - Traditional Aztec Dance (Xipe Totec Danzantes Aztecas)

5:00-5:20 PM - Cello Azul

Stage 2 MC: Juan Santana from El Centro Cultural de Mexico

Graciela Beltrán & Lupita Infante with Mariachi Grullense
Musco Center
6:00 PM
Two talented singers put their modern twist on traditional Mexican music, backed by a full mariachi.

Three Smiling Ballet Folklorico Dancers