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La Ley

Since bursting on to the music scene 15 years ago, the popular Chilean rock trio, La Ley, has been captivating audiences throughout the world with their soulful, melodic music. The Grammy Award winners have become one of the pillars of Latin pop-rock creating such memorable albums as MTV Unplugged, Libertad and Uno.

Vocalist Beto Cuevas, drummer Mauricio Claveria and guitarist Pedro Frugone have recently turned their unstoppable energy and fame towards the children and families of PADRES Contra El Cáncer.

In addition to performing at PADRES’ 20th anniversary gala, , El Sueño de Esperanza, on March 31 at the Skirball Cultural Center, Beto Cuevas and his wife Estela and Mauricio Claveria visited some of the PADRES’ youngsters receiving cancer treatment at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

“I saw a light in these kids’ eyes, a distinctive glow”, says Cuevas, following his hospital visit. “We experienced the time and dedication that so many people give to these kids to ease the frustration that cancer can cause.”

Since the band’s formation in Chile in 1987, La Ley revolutionized the country's rock scene and quickly embarked on a world-wide musical journey creating a highly melodic, multi-cultural musical language and aesthetic that are now unmistakable hallmarks of the band’s sound and repertoire. The group has produced seven records and has received numerous honors, including a Grammy Award and two Latin Grammy Awards.

The path to stardom, however, has not come easy. One of the band’s founding members, guitarists Andrés Bobé, died in an auto accident in April 1994. But band members chose to reinvent themselves despite adversity. As expressed in the lyrics of one of their classic songs, “Dia Cero” (“Day of Nothing”), La Ley blew away the ashes of their past and began a new stage that marked their international breakthrough.

Having overcome their own hardship, the group is dedicated to bringing the message of perseverance and hope to the children and families of PADRES. Using their music to reach out to those in need is paramount to this group of gifted musicians, whose compelling lyrics speak of social injustice, equality and liberty.

“Since I started in the music business, I’ve been blessed with all the love and good vibrations that people from all around the world give me,” says Cuevas, known for his versatile vocals in Spanish, English and French. “It would be too selfish to think that this love is our property. All that love needs to flow somewhere else. This is why I put myself in the service of others.”

Cuevas, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Estela and children Martina and Diego, says having been on a plane that nearly crashed changed his outlook on life and inspired him to pursue new endeavors that bring him closer to those in need.

“To participate with the amazing people of PADRES in the beautiful task of giving hope to all the young kids who suffer from this terrible condition is a great way to appreciate life,” says the charismatic Cuevas.



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