El Velorio – Arts + Entertainment

The upcoming Dia de los Muertos event “El Velorio” will feature performances by Danza Azteca, live music by Mariachi Manchester, DJ Gazoo, and headliner Metalachi at Plaza de la Raza (3540 N. Mission Road) on Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s event is produced by LA-based artist Antonio Pelayo and marks its 7th anniversary.

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Dia de los Muertos is an annual holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2, allowing family and friends to gather together and pray for the continuing spiritual journey of their deceased loved ones. “El Velorio” celebrates this day with a mariachi themed event for ages 21+ that is expected to draw thousands of people for a night-long celebration of more than 100 local artists, live mural painting, live bands, DJ sets, performances, Dia de los Muertos-themed airbrush makeup, a fashion show, photo booths, refreshments, food, and more all presented by celebrity host Melissa Santos.

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A lifelong illustrator himself, Antonio Pelayo has produced over a dozen major fundraising events for the organization since 2010. He has used art as a vehicle to explore his dual identity: that as raised in a typical Americana suburb, but also as part of a rich cultural heritage from his hometown. Pelayo will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Plaza de la Raza, a non-profit that provides after-school arts education and mentorship programs to children on the east side of Los Angeles.

For more info and tickets, visit elvelorio.eventbrite.com.

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