Aratani Theatre at the JACCC

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: 213-680-3700 /

Getting Here

The Aratani Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles via the 101, 110 and 5 freeways.


Parking is adjacent to the Aratani Theatre at Joe’s Auto Parks / Sho Tokyo Garage at 350 E. 2nd St. The garage is open until 12:30am.

Metro Rail

Take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo/Artist District station, three blocks from the Aratani Theatre.


Cesar Castro  – Photo: Akira Boch

Jarochelo Cesar Castro, a master of the Son Jarocho music genre.

lead vocals, requinto jarocho, jarana, quijada

Cambalache was founded in 2007 and led by Cesar Castro (Master Luthier Sonero and Jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico). Castro began studying Son Jarocho at the age of 11 with renowned harpist, Andres Alfonso Vergara. He continued his studies with Gilberto Gutierrez of El Grupo Mono Blanco, and at age, 16, he joined the group formally. With Mono Blanco, Cesar not only travelled through Mexico, the United Status and Europe, he began teaching this cultural tradition in community centers, schools and universities in Mexico City and Veracruz. From Gilberto Gutierrez he also learned laudería, how to make instruments used in the son jarocho tradition. In 2001, Cesar began working with Chicanos in Los Angeles through a binational Exchange, Fandango Sin Fronteras that forged relationships cultivated through music, focused on building community and awareness through social gatherings, el fandango and participatory performance. In 2003 he moved to LA to teach Son Jarocho and during this time he also formed Quetzal, one of LA’s cornerstone, Chicano bands.

VIDEO Cesar Castro @ the Smithsonian

Xochi Flores – Photo: Robert Loza

Xochi Flores

vocals, jarana tercera, zapateado

Xochi Flores began studying son jarocho with Quetzal Flores and Russell Rodríguez in 2003 and has continued her studies by traveling to Veracruz whenever possible and with Cesar Castro. She formed part of the first Encuentro of Chicano/as/ and Jarochos in Xalapa, Veracruz. Since then, Xochi has been instrumental in the Exchange by writing grants to bring artists and community workers to the US, in hosting as well as participating in groups such as Candela (all female son jarocho group from LA) Las No que No (all female son jarocho in Highland Park), and has collaborated with groups like Quetzal, Ozomatli, Son del Centro, Son de Madera and most recently with Laura Rebolloso, in performances, recordings, group presentations, fundraising and workshops.

Chuy Sandoval

vocals, jarana segunda, jarana tercera, pandeiro

Born and raised in East LA, Chuy Sandoval’s early musical background was formed in playing punk rock. He has been an active church musician in the greater Los Angeles area for over ten years and has had the opportunity to work with several OCP (Oregon Catholic Press) artists and composers. Chuy holds a Bachelor of Music in classical guitar performance from CSULA. Chuy was introduced to the traditional form or son jarocho in 2007 and has been an active and serious student of the genre ever since.

Juan Perez


Juan Perez, on the upright bass, has performed and recorded with one of the most renowned jarocho bands from Veracruz “Son de Madera” for seven years, and has played with Quetzal for 10 years. Juan is widely recognized as the “go to” chicano bass player for all chicano- jarocho recordings, performances and for his overall knowledge of the genre.