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Takes you to the 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 on purchasing recordings of the music and sheet music for performing it.


Home | Historic Resources | Charles Lummis’ Recordings | Casa de Adobe Fiestas

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.


Home | Gallery | Musicians | Dancers | Plays | Posadas | “California Romance” | Backstage | Vera Family | Wildfire

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. Many of these Players and their families are still available to tell their stories, and we include some of those reminiscences on this site. If you have memories of Padua Hills Theatre and The Mexican Players, please contact us so that we may include them.


San Diego Friends of Old-Time Music | Mariachi Sherman

That’s where you are now! This site portal is the door into the the various site 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! (See below.)

Californio Links

Yesteryears Dancers

Elisabeth Waldo

New World Baroque Orchestra

El coro hispano de San Francisco

Mass Historia

The Alta California Orchestra (TACO)

Los Califas

Los Californianos — Statewide descendants organization

Descendants of Early San Diego Families

Los californios® at the Pena Adobe in Vacaville, CA: Janet Martini, David Swarens, Vykki Mende Gray.

Photo by Jerry Bowen

From left: Janet Martini, David Swarens, Vykki Mende Gray
The Peña Adobe in Vacaville, CA.

Los californios® at Old Town, San Diego, CA: David Swarens, Janet Martini, Vykki Mende Gray.

Photo by Bill Thorpe

From left: David Swarens, Janet Martini, Vykki Mende Gray
At Old Town, San Diego, California.

The Barrel Organ at Mission San Juan Bautista

The Lou Curtiss Sound Library

Folk Arts Rare Records

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress:
American Memory, California Gold

California History Online — from the Library of Congress

The Whaley House Museum

Boosters of Old Town

Bob Flesher’s Banjo Rogues

The Southwest Museum
Autry National Center

The Autry National Center of the American West
& The Museum of the American West

El museo de las Californias, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

California Mission Foundation

John Summers — California Mission Music

Craig Russel’s studies of California Mission Music

SOHO: Save Our Heritage Organisation

Shadows of the Past, a web page on historic reenactment

Los californios® at Vaquero Days in Descanso, CA: David Swarens, Janet Martini, Vykki Mende Gray.

Photo by Paula Strong

From left: David Swarens, Janet Martini, Vykki Mende Gray
Vaquero Days in Descanso, California.

Los californios® in Imperial Beach, CA.

Pirates anyone?
18th Century Pirate Dances at Fiesta del Río,
a celebration of the Tijuana Estuary and its history, in Imperial Beach, California

Los Arribeños de San Francisco

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