The Vilar Performing Arts Center will present a performance of Latin folk and soul band Jarabe Mexicano’s Día de los Muertos Tour on Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 PM as part of the 2017 Underground Sound series. Inspired by Latin American popular dance music as well as by the versatility of modern-day mariachi music, Jarabe Mexicano encapsulates the dynamic energy and nostalgia of their bi-cultural roots. Single tickets are $28 and are available now at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; www.vilarpac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
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.
Incorporating the diversity of their musical trainings and personal backgrounds, Jarabe Mexicano’s repertoire spans from Boleros, Huapangos, Sones, and Rancheras to Cumbias, Reggae, Tex-Mex, and Rock & Roll classics. Their dedication to the performance of such contrasting styles is a testament to their experience living in a border region bursting with cross-cultural exchange.
Formed by students of the San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, Jarabe Mexicano features lead vocalist Gustavo Alcoser, musical director Mario Eguia on requinto, Kevin Lomes on vihuela, Chris Behrens on guitarrón, and Alejandro Tapia on percussion and guitar.
Jarabe takes a special interest in celebrating Latino cultures through programming such as their Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park in their home base of San Diego and their upcoming Día de los Muertos multi-city tour. In 2016, the band embarked on a U.S. Consulate-sponsored outreach tour of Baja California Sur where they represented the U.S. at the 10th Annual International Arts & Culture Festival for Peace (La Paz, Mexico).
While their recently released bilingual anthem, “Get Up, Stand Up (Semillas),” highlights the band’s distinctive contemporary sensibility, their current EP album, “SEMILLAS,” also reflects their stylistic roots and their artistic evolution.
Other upcoming performances in the 2017 Underground Sound series include Tierro with Bridget Law + WE DREAM DAWN (November 3) and Rob Drabkin (November 9). More information is available at www.vilarpac.org.