More than Mariachi: Santa Barbara’s Vibrant Latino Music Scene (Mitchell Kriegman)

ON THE COVER: Ernesto Martinez dances with Elisia Ramirez at La Rumba Bar and Grill . Photo by Paul Wellman.

For News Junkies Only

If you've enjoyed them in print, you can see them on TV Santa Barbara Channel 17 online and on cable all weekend. The Santa Barbara Independent's (from left) Lyz Hoffman, Jerry Roberts, Kelsey Brugger, and Nick Welsh met on Robert's City Desk show ( where news, rumor, and conjecture about the Board of Supervisors' approval of the Miramar, the race for Lois Capps's congressional seat, and the fate of baby sea lions were tossed around as only a team of journalists can.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Bombers Come to Santa Barbara Airport

Michelle Leiphardt Gives Insight into This Weekend’s Wings of Freedom Tour

Michelle Leiphardt gives insight into this weekend’s Wings of Freedom Tour. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Latino Music Scene

Mariachi, Banda, Jarocho, and More Played in Santa Barbara

A Vibrant Latino Music Scene Grows in Santa Barbara Read story.

Armatrading Goes Solo at Lobero

Iconic Singer/Songwriter Performs in Santa Barbara May 6

The iconic singer/songwriter performs in Santa Barbara May 6. Read story.

Dog Walking on Two Legs

Bruce Jenner, Armenian Genocide, and Santa Barbara’s Two Degrees of Separation

Bruce Jenner, Armenian genocide, and Santa Barbara’s two degrees of separation. Read story.

Economy Up, Wages Down

Activists Prepare for Minimum Wage Hike Campaign

Activists prepare for minimum wage hike campaign. Read story.

Israeli Caterer Brings Feel-Good Food to Jewish Fest

Try Shoham Yaniv’s Middle Eastern Food on May 3 in Oak Park

Try Shoham Yaniv’s Middle Eastern food on May 3 in Santa Barbara’s Oak Park. Read story.

Michael Pollan in Conversation

Best-Selling Author Comes to the Granada Theatre

The author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma will engage in conversation with Sansum Clinic’s Dr. Kurt Ransohoff and Dr. Fred Kass. Read story.

Jazz Master Charles Lloyd

An Interview with the Music Great Charles Lloyd

The Master Charles Lloyd Releases his new album, plays the Lobero in Santa Barbara, and receives a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award at Lincoln Center. Read story.

Vaping on the Rise

E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Students

E-cigarette use triples among students. Read story.

When Good Dogs Do Bad Things

Coast Guard Attack on Yacht Club, Ferguson, Aebleskivers and the County Jail

Coast Guard attack on Yacht Club, Ferguson, aebleskivers, and the County Jail. Read story.

Explore Ecology Runs Country’s Biggest School Garden Program

Santa Barbara Nonprofit Hosts Fundraiser This Saturday to Support 35 Gardens Across County

Santa Barbara nonprofit hosts fundraiser this Saturday to support 35 gardens across county. Read story.

Omar Velasco Comes Home

Goleta Singer/Songwriter Returns Home for a Show at SOhO

Goleta singer/songwriter and his band return home for a show at SOhO Read story.

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! and Las Cafeteras

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!’s Community Building Via Free Music

Las Cafeteras’ socially conscious blend of soul-stirring, Afro-Mexican folk-rock lifts you up while making sure you are getting down. Read story.

Get Hooked on Cachuma Lake’s Fish Derby

20th Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fish Derby Goes Down April 18 and 19

The 20th Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fish Derby goes down April 18-19. Read story.

Rescuing Sea Lion Pups

Climate Change Hits Sea Lions in the Santa Barbara Channel

Sea Lion Pups Starving from Shifting Climate Conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel Read story.

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