Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival brings Lisa Lisa, Color Me Badd, Malo

The Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival returns to downtown Phoenix Sunday, May 1, for the first time since 2019, a two-year absence caused by COVID-19.

“We’re gonna come back full force,” says Ernestina Arvizu, whose family has presented the festival in downtown Phoenix for 29 years, bringing hundreds of musical groups through the Valley while entertaining thousands of attendees.

Lisa Lisa will headline a day of activities that also features live performances by Malo and Color Me Badd.

The longest-running festival in downtown Phoenix is ​​regularly ranked as one of the top 10 Cinco De Mayo Festivals in the nation by the staff at USA TODAY.

The admission fee, as always, is $5 if you get there before 5 pm

The festival entrance is on Third Avenue at Washington Street in downtown Phoenix. The festival will street will stretch from Third to Fifth Avenue and Washington to Adams Street.

Lisa Lisa, Color Me Badd and Malo to perform

Lisa Lisa is seen as a pioneer for Latin artists who entered the English-language market in the ’80s, sending two songs to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 as the voice of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam— “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion.”

Singer Lisa Lisa performs onstage during the 2008 ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on August 17, 2008 in Pasadena, California.

Other hits include a million-selling breakthrough single called “I Wonder If I Take You Home” that topped the dance charts, “All Cried Out” and “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em,” which topped the dance and R&B charts.

Often referred to as the Original Kings of Latin Rock, Malo play a blend of rock, jazz and blues.

Their breakthrough single “Suavecito” peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and has been called the Chicano National Anthem.

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