Courtesy Merry Young & DJ Darla Bea.

KCSB-FM Presents Mariachi Manchester + DJ Darla Bea, Friday, May 15, at Del Pueblo Cafe! (Design by Merry Young of Mutiny Studios).

On Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer / host Ted Coe previewed this Friday’s special celebration of The Smiths and Morrissey at Del Pueblo Cafe (May 15th), as DJ Darla Bea’s annual Morrissey birthday bash includes a local debut performance by LA-based group Mariachi Manchester.

Yesterday morning, the music-and-cultural-arts program  featured a phone interview with Moises Baqueiro, aka “Moisessey” of Mariachi Manchester, “[t]he very first mariachi inglés from eastlos… A humble Mariachi tribute to the music of The Smiths/Morrissey.” Baquiero is formerly the bassist of Los Abandoned. (While his new ensemble also has ties to the Grammy-winning Latin pop group from Los Angeles, La Santa Cecilia.) A PODCAST OF THE CONVERSATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW (for download or streaming.)

The preview of the 56th birthday bash for Steven Patrick Morrissey also featured the ultra-hip sounds of SoCal’s mariachi revival, an overview of the “industrial pop music” of contemporary Manchester, England, plus covers and original songs by The Smiths and Moz himself — who will turn 56 on May 22nd.

Del Pueblo Cafe is in the Magnolia Center in Santa Barbara (5134 Hollister Ave.).

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“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon PDT.