28 Apr Jarabe Mexicano: Traditions Dia de los Muertos
Michael D. Palm Theatre October 21st
Jarabe Mexicano hit the Latin music scene in 2015, electrifying audiences throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Performing on traditional mariachi instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s arrangements feature stunning harmonized vocals in Spanish and English. Along with traditional boleros, huapangos, sones, and rancheras, audiences thrill to their upbeat cumbias, revamped rock & roll hits, and reggae classics. The irresistible synergy between lead vocalist Tavo Alcoser, Kevin Lomes on vihuela and vocals, Chris Behrens on guitarron and vocals, Jose Martin Marquez on requinto and vocals, and artistic director Danny Brito on percussion leaves audiences chanting for encores!
Jarabe takes a special interest in celebrating Latino cultures through programming such as their Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park in San Diego, CA as well as their 2017 Día de los Muertos multi-city tour. Likewise, in 2016, the band embarked on a U.S. Consulate-sponsored outreach tour of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, where they represented the U.S. at the 10th Annual International Arts & Culture Festival for Peace (La Paz, Mexico) and performed outreach concerts at rural and urban schools.
As skilled professional musicians and advocates for education, Jarabe has established strong ties to academic organizations including San Diego State University’s School of Music & Dance, the Road Scholar Senior Education program, and San Diego Public Libraries. Nationwide artist residency venues for the 2017-2018 season include the Latino Arts String Program (Milwaukee), the Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago), the Guadalupe School (Salt Lake City), Chandler Center for the Arts (Arizona), and the Vilar Performing Arts Center (Colorado). The band also has a clear affinity for collegiate audiences with upcoming concerts and residencies at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), Ft. Lewis College (Durango), Arizona State University (Gammage), and at El Camino College (Torrance, CA).