Maldita Vecindad

Veteran Mexican rock band Maldita Vecindad will be off to the races again as the group returns to headline the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The band, which formed in Mexico City in 1985, previously performed at the Grand Prix in 2010 and will again headline the event’s Fiesta Friday concert, which happens April 17 this year.

People can expect quite a party, too, because the band was one of the first to fuse rock, ska and Mexican folk sounds with a whole lot of energy.

The 6:45 p.m. concert is free to ticket holders attending the the 46th annual Grand Prix, which returns to downtown Long Beach April 17-19.

The three-day event will feature six races, a lifestyle expo, a family fun zone and food trucks.

Made up of band members members Rolando “Roco” Javier Ortega Cuenca, Enrique “Pato” Montes Arellano, Aldo Ruben “Aldo” Acuna Yance and Eulalio “Sax” Cervantes Galarza, Maldita Vecindad first made it big with second album, “El Circo,” which included the band’s best known hit “Pachuco.”

Maldita Vecindad joins previously announced Saturday night headliner Bret Michaels, who is set to headline the Grand Prix’s Saturday night concert on April 18.

Ticket prices at the Acura Grand Prix range from $34 for a Friday-only General Admission ticket to $155 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Tickets can be purchased at gplb.com.

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