The San Diego Sound Project: Mariela Contreras

Saturday, January 15, 2022 @ 7:00 PM (Pacific)
  • 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.

COVID-19 Mitigation Policy for Concert Attendees

The health and safety of our patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. The Museum has updated its COVID-19 safety protocols for all concerts taking place at the Museum of Making Music. 

Effective immediately, concert attendees will need to do one of the following:

  • Vaccinated patrons will need to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, OR...
  • Unvaccinated patrons will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72-hours prior to the event.

Additional safety measures:

  • Concert hall capacity has been temporarily reduced in order to provide more space between guests. 
  • Wearing a mask while in the building is required for all concert attendees regardless of vaccination status.
  • All guests will also be asked to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver upon arrival.

Helpful information:

  • To expedite entry to the venue, documents can be e-mailed in advance to
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  • If presenting documentation at the door, please bring matching photo ID.
  • Be aware that these guidelines may change by the time of the event. 
  • Concert tickets are fully refundable if you cannot attend.
  • Please stay home  if you are feeling sick.