Acclaimed Mexican pop band Mana performed two concerts over the weekend in support of the residents of Pajaro Valley, who were forced to evacuate their homes last week as the floodwaters began to inundate their homes due to a Pajaro River levee breach.
“At the heart of Mana is the belief that our music can be a vehicle for social good,” the band’s lead vocalist Fher Olvera said in a press release that makes note of the thousands of Latino farmworkers who live in Pajaro Valley. “When we heard about the devastating storms and saw our people in Pajaro suffering, we knew we had to help. We encourage our fans to help in any way they can.”
Earlier this week, Mana and singer Alejandro Fernández, both from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, announced they will be donating a portion of their Bay Area shows to Community Bridges, a Santa Cruz County nonprofit established in 1977 that works to provide food, healthcare and other areas of support to local families.
The multi-award-winning Latin band Mana performed at the Oakland Arena on Saturday night, a day after their first Bay Area show at SAP Center in San Jose as part of their México Lindo y Querido U.S. Tour.
Alejandro Fernández will perform at the SAP Center in San Jose on September 9.
The artists are also encouraging their fans and others to make donations via communitybridges.org/donate.
Meanwhile, hundreds of families displaced from the flood are still waiting to return home but they can’t until the evacuation order is lifted.
See latest stories on Pajaro Valley community at https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/03/16/when-can-we-go-home-pajaro-residents-agonize-as-key-question-remains-unanswered/.
Music critic Jim Harrington contributed to this report.
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