Escondido, CA

The Center is Bringing “Waila Music” to Escondido for the First Time

Southern Scratch will play at the Center September 27.

Join the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for  Hidden City Sounds which fills the Lyric Court with music every Friday from June 7 to October 4.

On Friday, September 27, chicken scratch band, Southern Scratch performs at the Center starting at 7 p.m. 

Southern Scratch is only the best known of innumerable chicken scratch bands that are now flooding dance halls in the Southwest.

Headed by Ron Joaquin, son of legendary waila musician Angelo Joaquin, this Native American-Southwestern crossover is exclusively instrumental and is performed to be danced to. 

For more than 50 years the Joaquin name has been synonymous with the very best of waila – the popular dance music of the Tohono O’odham (“Desert People”) of the Sonoran desert. 

Waila dances start at sunset and last until dawn as the People dance to polkas, cumbias, mazurkas, boleros, shottisches and other couple dances performed on saxophone, guitar, bass, bajo sexto, percussion and drums as well as the occasional vocals.

While they won’t be going until dawn at the Center, they will be dancing the night away with Southern Scratch.

 Get more information about their performance here: 

Hidden City Sounds music series is sponsored by Frontwave Credit Union and White Board Risk and Insurance Solutions.

 The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit 

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