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Mexican Singer Headlines Cinco de Mayo Celebration...

CLOVIS — Internationally acclaimed Mexican songstress, Perla Batalla, will return to Clovis on May 6 to headline the Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored by Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, Plains Regional Medical Center and a CCC Title V Cooperative Grant. Also featured will be Zumbalé, Clovis's own dance band that has entertained local audiences for more than 15 years. Members include E.J. Martinez, Phillip Ulibarri, Ray Cordova and Macaria Saiz.

The event will be held at the American Legion Post 25 where guests will enjoy dancing, piñatas, giveaways and dinner donated by area Mexican restaurants including Leal's, Juanito's, Taco Box and La Espiga de Oro. Local crafters will sell their wares during the event. Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased in advance at the CCC cashiers' windows or at the door the evening of the event.

"As a Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo talks to us of creating a goal and then going out and doing the best job we can to achieve it," said Christy Mendoza, CCC Cultural Arts Director. "In this respect it is more than just a simple celebration. It's a way of living our life." The festivities are a celebration of the historic battle on May 5, 1862, when 4,000 Mexican soldiers crushed a French army of about 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City, and set the stage for Mexico's independence from France. Communities throughout north and south America celebrate this special occasion.

"We are very excited to welcome Perla back to Clovis," said Stephanie Spencer, Director of Resource Development. "She performed as part of our 2004-05 Cultural Arts Series and everyone loved her. Not only is she an amazing singer, but she is a wonderful storyteller who really charms her audience."

Perla Batalla hails from in Los Angeles, California where she grew up surrounded by music. Her father, a Mexican signer and radio personality, owned a record store where Perla was exposed to music that cut across genres and languages. Her far-ranging influences are reflected in the eclectic choices of songs she writes, arranges and performs today, from traditional Latino melodies to bluesy ballads with a contemporary twist.

Perla joined the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute on scholarship and garnered roles doing vocals in television and feature films. Eventually she began touring and singing backup vocals with the legendary Leonard Cohen. She began to compose, arrange and write lyrics to her own compositions and performed with k.d. lang, the Gypsy Kings, Was (not was), Iggy Pop and others.

Perla set out on a solo career with a critically acclaimed album, Perla Batalla in I993. Critics called her singing "sublime" and her talent "stunning." Of her latest album, Bird on the Wire/The Songs of Leonard Cohen, reviewers have said, "Perla has done it again, matching her superb voice and styling to the outstanding lyrics of Cohen."

"Batalla's music caresses with its harmonies and gentle rhythms, then draws you in with an unexpected chorus or an unusual melodic resolution. But above all, she is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor." --- Los Angeles Times

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Christy Mendoza CCC Cultural Arts Director 505.769.4950

Perla Batalla 805.646.8798 (preferred) website:

Zumbalé E.J. Rodriguez 760-8604 Phillip Ulibarri 769-7582

Cinco de Mayo Saturday, May 6, 2006 ~ 6 pm American Legion Post 25 Tickets $10