“7 Mile Stretch (Brooklyn Ave to Cesar Chavez)”

One of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights.

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Gabriel Gonzalez was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is an artist, actor, singer-songwriter, and family man with a passion for the arts and the working class, like himself. He has toured with such artists as Camillo Sesto, the late Lalo Guerrero, Juan Gabriel, Los Van Van, and the late Celia Cruz, and toured with the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal, as well as Cubanismo, Lila Downs and Los Lobos. More recently, he has been working in the Salsa community with bands such as Boogaloo Assassins, and the L.A-based group, La Verdad. He currently resides in City Terrace. (East L.A/ Boyle Heights)

“7 Mile Stretch (From Brooklyn Ave to Cesar Chavez)” is one of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights. Sounds of California: Boyle Heights is a project of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in collaboration with the Community Power Collective, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Radio Bilingüe and local residents to record, compose, present, and archive the local soundscape, focusing on themes of anti-displacement and belonging.

Rola del Día and the The Sounds of California: Boyle Heights project are supported by the California Arts Council and California Humanities.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
What do you hope to express with this song?
With this song I hope to paint a picture and give the listener a little background on Boyle Heights, its purpose, humble beginnings, and a better understanding of its significance to many of us. The streets are not just paved with concrete but with childhood memories, generations of hope, sacrifice and dreams for many that passed through. A place many communities have called home for generations that won’t easily be forgotten.