The San Diego Sound Project: Mariela Contreras (Rescheduled)

Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 7:00 PM (Pacific)
  • This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, January 15 but has been postponed until June 17.
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

    Event Details

    Mariela Contreras’ love for poetry and natural ability to write music allows her to capture her life experience through song. Her intimate melodies and lyrics are inspired by love, nature, and the complicated relationship between the heart and mind.

    In this performance, Mariela will be joined by arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tonga Ross Ma’u. Together they will debut music she wrote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    About the Artist

    Mariela Contreras

    Mariela Contreras

    A blend of work ethic, passion, and creativity have allowed San Diego based artist Mariela Contreras to carve a unique position for herself as a bilingual vocalist, performer, and songwriter. Growing up, Mariela’s fascination with rhythm and vocals led her to study piano, percussion, and voice. She draws from a variety of influences including Celia Cruz, Armando Manzanero, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Astrud Gilberto, Bobby McFerrin, Janis Joplin, and Jill Scott.

    Her natural ability, coupled with her determination, have allowed her to become an opening act for multiple established entertainers including Ely Guerra, Edith Marquez, Rosana, Romeo Santos, Mana, and Selena Gomez.

    In addition to exhibiting her talent alongside household names, she has collaborated with the YMCA, Apple, Intuit, Best Buy, Sempra Energy, Girl Scouts, Marshall Faulk Foundation, and the San Diego and Catalina Chambers of Commerce. In 2016, Mariela was selected as the lead singer for the San Diego Chargers.

    In 2019, Mariela worked alongside producer Jesse Audelo to release an EP that demonstrates her vocal range and eclectic influences from the Latin soul and R&B communities. In addition to working on her personal opus, Mariela Contreras performs with her band Con Todo and her Latin-Pop ensemble Tres.

    To give back to the music community that has given her so much, Mariela teaches music and is pursuing her bilingual Multiple Subject and Music Credentials from San Diego State University.


    The Museum has updated its COVID-19 safety protocols for all concerts and programs taking place at the Museum of Making Music.  Under current CDC, State, and local guidelines, masks are strongly recommended for all patrons regardless of vaccination status.