Grammy-Nominated Singer Perla Batalla to Perform Free Concerts at CI on April 29th

A Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger who first gained international attention as a backup singer for vocalist Leonard Cohen will give two free concerts on the CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Los Angeles native Perla Batalla will lead a musical dramatic piece called “Blue House: Hearts on the Outside” at 5 p.m. in Malibu Hall. The performance is inspired by the frescoes, canvasses and private journals of two of the most significant painters of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required at

“Perla Batalla in Concert” will be performed at 8 p.m. The show will draw from her Mestiza heritage as well as her musical work touring with Leonard Cohen. “Mestiza” refers to a woman of mixed heritage. RSVP for Perla Batalla in Concert at:

Batalla’s father was a mariachi musician who owned a popular Spanish record store and her mother was from South America.

Batalla knows the importance of someone believing in you. It was Cohen who encouraged her to strike out on her own as a soloist, a move that resulted in critical acclaim for her music, including a Grammy nomination for her album “Mestiza.”

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Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at