Celso Piña (Born April the 6th 1953 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México), renowned accordion player and singer who has risen to be one of the most notable figures in cumbia music will make his Iowa debut on July 20 at the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival in downtown Des Moines.
Cumbia’s roots are Colombian, which is fitting since the festival takes place on Colombian Independence Day. More importantly, Piña has incorporated his Mexican roots and the sounds he’s heard on his travels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean so it appeals to a wide audience.
“Our festival is for everyone, and we pride ourselves on bringing musicians that have never played in Des Moines, offering Central Iowans variety and diversity in their live music choices so getting such a highly sought-after artist such as Celso Piña to play at our festival is exciting. His band’s energy is contagious and his sound is universal so even if you don’t know what he is saying, the music will still move you,” says Amner Martinez, one of the festival’s founders.
The rest of the lineup reflects the diversity among Latin influenced music and bands.
Afrobeat Latino, Psych-rock, Progressive
Latin Jazz, Cumbia, Puya
Norteño, Banda, Waltz
Pop Rock, Latin Pop, Rock en Español
Salsa, Cumbia, Rumba
Rock en Español, Latin Pop, Pop Rock
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales is awarded to local non-profits and the festival has given over $12,000 to agencies serving our community.
Learn more at www.warrrenmorrowmusicfest.com and follow on social media using #WMLMF