Los californios

This site is broken into four main components:

Los Californios Band Site


San Diego Friends of Old-Time Music



Californio Music History



Padua Hills Theatre




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Los californios® band site

 Learn more about our mission to recreate and preserve this secular music and dance which is part of the heritage and history of California. Also find information about recordings of the music and sheet music for performing it.

Los californios® Home | Upcoming and Recent Events | Resumé

Member profiles:
Janet Martini
David Swarens
Vykki Mende Gray
           Vykki’s Artwork

   ¡Qué viva la ronda!
   Flowers of Our Lost Romance Song Books: Dance Tune Books: Order Form

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Spanish-Language Social Music of 19th-Century Southern California

 Explore information and resources about the Spanish-Language Social Music of 19th-Century Southern California, and about the people who performed it and preserved it in the first half of the twentieth century. Learn about Charles Fletcher Lummis and his far-sighted recording project, and about the people who sang for Lummis’ project. And view programs and photographs of those performances.

Californio Music Home

Historic Resources for Spanish-Language Social Music of 19th-Century Southern California

Charles Lummis’ Edison Wax Cylinder Recordings

Historic Casa de Adobe Fiestas Programs and Photographs

Other Contributers

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 Discover the legacy of Padua Hills Theatre and The Mexican Players. From 1930 to 1974 this groundbreaking theatrical group challenged the negative stereotypes of Mexican and californio people and culture, and collected and preserved California aspects of this Mexican culture for future generations.

Padua Hills Theatre Home Page | Historic Physical Setting | Resources | Links | Wildfire 2003

The Players— Los paduanos | Alfaro Family Gallery of Additional Images

The Musicians — Los músicos | The Dancers — Los bailadores | Padua Hills Plays | “Las Posadas”

“California Romance” | Backstage | The Vera Family Account

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San Diego Friends of Old-Time Music

 Los californios® is a project of San Diego Friends of Old Time Music, a California non-profit corporation. Find out more here.


 Takes you to the site portal — the door into the site that leads to each of the other components. You may also find here all our favorite links to assist you in finding more related sites, as well as a picture of Los californios® in pirate garb. Argh!

Mariachi Sherman — Mariachi violin classes

Californio Links


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a California non-profit corporation.

Contact Los californios® at info@loscalifornios.com.

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