Palenke Arts Festival

Featuring performances by award-winning ensembles from Texas State University: Mariachi Nueva Generación and Salsa del Río, as well as Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All-Stars and the Seaside Middle School Jazz Band.


Monterey-County_HSAllStarB_The Palenke Arts Festival will include exciting musical performances throughout the day by students from the Seaside Middle School Jazz Band, the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star High School Band, directed by Paul Contos, and Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generación and Salsa del Río. There will also be activities for children and booths for businesses and local non-profits.



53389_1605570788775_2906604_oMariachi Nueva Generación is an award-winning 16-piece ensemble from Texas State University. Founded in 1997 and directed by John López, they are one of the most sought-after college Mariachi ensembles in Texas. They have won multiple editions of the prestigious Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Salsa del Río is a celebrated Salsa and Latin Jazz Ensemble also from Texas StateSBK201202-15-1f University. They have recorded five albums to date and  received numerous awards for “Best Salsa/Merengue Group of the Year” from Premios a la Música Latina (Latin Music Awards).



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in the City of Seaside, offering courses and events in a multitude of art forms.


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