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Music and Memory at La Bohemia, by León F. García Corona

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Music and Memory at La Bohemia: Every Week, Songs Transform an Auto Body Shop to the Imagined Mexico

By León F. García Corona
Folklife, July 31, 2019


It was a Wednesday like any other, so I looked at my watch to make sure that rush hour had come to an end. I took out my guitar from its case to quickly practice one last time the two or three songs I would sing. I felt the anticipation of being on stage, the curiosity to know if my song choice would please the listeners. Without further delay, I got in my car and drove forty-five minutes from West Los Angeles to the city of Bell Gardens, California.

La bohemia is a weekly musical gathering that has taken place in a collector auto restoration shop for over thirty years.

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