Celso Piña will headline the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival in his first presentation in Iowa


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.

“He’s played all over the world, so to get him booked for our festival is a huge deal. He is among one of the most popular Latin artists with global name recognition and a sound that reflects a wide array of Latin music styles,” said Goizane Esain-Mullin, a festival organizer who helped bring Celso Piña. 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. While his lyrics are in Spanish, the music may sound familiar to non-Spanish speakers as it has been part of several mainstream movies, including Babel, The Counselor, and a number of Spanish films. Piña has also collaborated with artists known throughout Iowa such as Lila Downs, as well as mega bands from Mexico, Central and South America including Control Machete, El Gran Silencio, Café Tacuba, and Julieta Venegas.

“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. With over thirty albums and multiple awards and nominations, bringing Celso Piña to Iowa helps position Des Moines as a music festival destination and adds to the musical vibrancy of the area, a goal of the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival.



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About the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival:

The Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival began as a memorial concert in 2012. Over the years the popularity of the event grew and in 2016 it was converted to a festival that offers family-friendly programming and partners with local talent and non-profits to showcase the various styles of Latin music. The event has brought statewide, regional and national talent, including the Grammy award-winning band La Santa Cecilia to make their Iowa debut. The Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival strives to bring musical variety that appeals to all ages and backgrounds while highlighting gems of Latino culture that extend beyond music to include food, design, and visual arts. 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



We’re looking for Middle School and High School students to design our Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival (WMLMF) 2019 T-shirt. Show us your creative talent and submit an original design for WMLMF by June 1st and win your design printed and sold at our 2019 Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival, 2 general admission tickets, and a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Submission Guidelines


  • The design must be your own original, unpublished work and must not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material; by entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work
  • Design should be one that appeals to the majority of the Warren Morrow Festival community. We encourage the use of street art, color, culture, and music
  • The design may include line art, text, and photographs
  • Your design is for the front of the shirt and may encompass an area up to 10″ x 10″ (inches)
  • Design should be done in black + white
  • Your submission should be 300 dpi
  • Save your file as a jpg
  • Submission Due June 1st, 2019

Visit http://www.warrenmorrowmusicfest.com/t-shirt-design-contest/ to submit entry.

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