| May 2008: Release of Yerba Buena,
long-awaited 3rd album; Descanso Gardens, La Cañada-Flintridge,
April 2008: Earth Day Celebration, Ojai,
March 2008: Surprise birthday party for
U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, Pasadena, CA
November 2007: Bell Gardens, CA (We love
September 2007: Bell Gardens, Santa Fe
Springs, Corona, CA
August 2007: 6th Encuentro de Jaraneros
de California at Plaza Olvera; Sunset Junction, L.A.
July 2007: Bell Gardens, CA
June 2007: Bishop and Lee Vining, CA; Skirball
Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Leavitt Pavilion, Pasadena,
April 2007: Cal State Channel Islands,
January–August 2007: recording Yerba
February 2007: Benefit for
founder of Cutumay Camones, legendary Salvadoran nueva
December 2006: Gala holiday spectacular
featuring CJ and Mariachi Divas, Torrance Civic Center
2006: Begin recording what would
become Yerba Buena
September 2006: Multicultural
Arts Society, San Juan Capistrano
August 2006: Chase
Palm Park, Santa Barbara; Peter Strauss Ranch; Fiesta La
June 2006: Hollywood & Highland;
City of Imperial Beach
June 2006: 5th Encuentro
de Jaraneros de California
May 2006: Raleigh,
North Carolina. Played a for a weekend outside the restaurant
of a crazy Colombian. Fantastic food, great people/hospitality,
September 2005: South
Coast Farm, San Juan Capistrano
September 2005: Return
to John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood
March 2006: Landmark
Nopal event featuring Conjunto Jardin and Emma’s Revolution,
August 2005: Huntington Beach Pier;
Concert Under the Stars, Olivas Adobe, Ventura; City of Culver
April 2005: 4th Encuentro de Jaraneros
February 2005: Multicultural
Arts Society, San Juan Capistrano
November 2004: CJ
plays the first of many successful shows at the Temple Bar
in Santa Monica, this one with our friend Ashley Maher.
plays for the first time at the Getty Center. Tiburon comments
that walking around the mountaintop campus amid the sea of
white travertine is “like
being in heaven.”
October 2004: Whittier
2004: Conjunto Jardín participated in the
3rd annual Encuentro de Jaraneros de California. Libby Harding
was one of the principal organizers of this groundbreaking
event that drew 1,000 jarocho aficionados and curiosity-seekers
to the plaza at Olvera Street for more than 8 hours of nonstop
jarocho (and a little huasteco) music. Tim Harding
and legendary harp maestro Alberto de la Rosa both sat in
with CJ, just before Tim was honored for his contribution
to the teaching and diffusion of son jarocho in the U.S.
December 2003: CJ participates in Christmas
Eve holiday spectacular at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (L.A.
Music Center), former home of the L.A. Philharmonic. Televised
on local PBS station KCET.
October 2003: Back to the Ford for big Dia
de los Muertos show
July 2003: Conjunto Jardín, Conjunto
Hueyapan and others in jarocho gala at Ford Amphitheatre
June 2003: Conjunto Jardín is nominated
for Best Latin Artist in L.A. Weekly Music Awards.
June 2003: Live Oak Festival, near Santa
Barbara, CA. Mainstage MC and respected musical wild man Joe
Craven is converted; he later actually buys a copy of Floreando
at the CD sales tent. Zapateado dance workshop led by Luis
and Maritonia Garcia is hailed by festival organizers
as “the best workshop we’ve ever had.”
April 2003: CJ participates in 2nd Encuentro
de Jaraneros de California.
March 2003: Floreando debuts at
#9 on CMJ’s Latin Alternative airplay chart and takes
up residence in the top 10 for most of the spring. See one
of these charts here.
February 2003: Floreando, Conjunto
Jardín’s second CD, is released.
September 2002: Conjunto Jardín debuts
new material from upcoming CD at Fandango Jarocho concert
with Son de Madera and Mono Blanco (John Anson Ford Amphitheatre,
July 2002: Northern CA tour including return
to California WorldFest, Grass Valley, CA
April 2002: Conjunto Jardín participates
in first Los Angeles Encuentro de Jaraneros.
June 2001: Conjunto Jardín receives
significant grant and other opportunities via acceptance
in California Arts Council Multicultural Artist Development
May 2001: CJ performs with Mono Blanco at
Angeles Bohemios Cafe, Los Angeles; workshops with members
of Mono Blanco
April 2001: Putumayo World Music releases
compilation CD Putumayo Presents Mexico, which features
Conjunto Jardín’s “La Bruja” from Nuevo Son Jarocho.
March 2001: Workshops with members of Tlen-Huicani,
February 2001: Conjunto Jardín participates
in Encuentro de Jaraneros, Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, including
special benefit concert at Teatro Netzahualcoyotl also featuring
groups Mono Blanco, Son de Madera, Siquisirí, and
July 2000: California World Music Festival,
Grass Valley, CA
May 2000: Multicultural Arts Society, San
February 2000: Conjunto Jardín is accepted
for membership on California Arts Council Touring Program
September 1999: Conjunto Jardín opens
for Cesaria Evora at SRO concert at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
August 1999: Skirball Cultural Center, Los
May 1999: Bay Area tour including La Peña
Cultural Center, Berkeley, Sonoma County Folk Festival, Sebastopol,
Winters Opera House
August 1998: Orange County CD release concert, San
Juan Capistrano, CA
August 1998: CD release concert for Nuevo
Son Jarocho draws audience of 3,000 to Grand Performances
at California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles; special guests
include Tim Harding, Larry Saunders, Ciro Hurtado.
August 1998: Conjunto Jardín’s
first CD, Nuevo Son Jarocho, is released.
July 1998: Conjunto Jardín plays to a sold-out
House of Blues, West Hollywood, opening for Colombian superstar
Carlos Vives. First time working with Luis and Hugo Garcia
of El Club Veracruzano de California. Aggressive in attitude
and absolutely rhythmically assured, their full-costume zapateado
electrified the crowd, “parting the waters” on
the packed HoB dance floor!
July 1997: Conjunto Jardín debuts
at Caribbean Festival, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood.
Receives glowing review in the Los Angeles Times
by Don Heckman.