The beauty of Son Jarocho

Photo courtesty of Eduardo Garcia

It was at a gallery show — photos I think — at a cultural center in Tijuana.  After the perusing and wine drinking was done, a group of musicians took the stage and started stomping, playing miniature guitars, singing story-like songs in turn and keeping rhythm with what looked like a jawbone.

It was love at first listen.

I later learned that the style of music was called Son Jarocho, traditional music from Veracruz, Mex, and I’ve only had the chance to listen to the music one more time after that first experience, so let’s just say I was more than a little excited when I heard about the second annual Encuentro de Jaraneros event happening in this week: Sept. 4-6, in various locations throughout San Diego.  The official press releases are below, in both Spanish and English:

2nd Annual SAN DIEGO ENCUENTRO DE JARANEROS September
6th, 2008 Festival of traditional son jarocho music
from the Mexican State of Veracruz

Linda Vista, CA: Bayside Community Center will host
The 2nd Annual San Diego Encuentro de Jaraneros. The
festival will consist of traditional son jarocho
music with special guests, workshops, and lectures.
Guests included are Ana Zarina Palafox of Mexico City
and Los Cultivadores del Son of San Andrés Tuxtlas,
Veracruz. The encuentro is co-sponsored by the
Department of Liberal Studies, MEChA, and the National
Latino Research Center at California State University
San Marcos, and is made possible in part by a grant
from CSUSM Arts & Lectures and the generous support of
the Bayside Community Center.

THURS, SEPT. 4TH 6-9pm
Performance & roundtable discussion
Cal State University San Marcos
Commons 206. Free admission.

FRI, SEPT. 5th 5-8pm Workshops
Zapateado Dance, Jarana
string instruments, & Décima writing.
Bayside Community Center. $10.
(all ages welcome)

SAT, SEPT. 6th 12-3pm Workshops
Zapateado, Jarana, & Décimas.
Bayside Community Center. $10.
(all ages welcome)

SAT, SEPT. 6th 6pm to 8:30pm Main Event: Concert &
Community Fandango
Performances by: Pa? Sumecha (Mexicali, Baja
California) Tenocelomeh (Los Angeles) ?Son del Centro
(Santa Ana, CA) Enanosón (Valley Center, CA) ? Soneros
de San Diego, California
Bayside Community Center Minimum $10 Entrance
Donation. Children under 12 free.
(all ages welcome)
*All proceeds from this event go directly towards the
establishment of a son jarocho educational program at
Bayside Community Center.

For more information contact Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock St Linda Vista, CA 92111@ (858)
278-0771,
or Eduardo García @ (858) 336-5626 (email
pezalado@yahoo.com)

PARA PUBLICACION IMMEDIATA

Para mayores informes:

Eduardo García,
tel. (858) 336-5626
pezalado@yahoo.com
Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock Street
Linda Vista, CA 92111

2° ENCUENTRO DE JARANEROS EN SAN DIEGO
Festival de son jarocho tradicional del sur de
Veracruz

Linda Vista, CA: 2° ENCUENTRO DE JARANEROS EN SAN
DIEGO
Festival de son jarocho tradicional del sur de
Veracruz. El 2° Encuentro de Jaraneros de San Diego es
patrocinado por el Liberal Studies Department, MEChA,
y el National Latino Research Center de la Universidad
Estatal de California en San Marcos, en parte con
fondos del programa CSUSM Arts & Lectures, y se
realiza gracias el apoyo generoso del Bayside
Community Center.

6 de septiembre 2008 de las 6 a las 8:30 de la noche
? y luego sigue el fandango ?
Bayside Community Center
Donación mínima $10 a la entrada. Menores de 12 años
entrada libre.
Todos los fondos reunidos en este evento van
directamente al establecimiento de un
programa docente de son jarocho en el Bayside
Community Center.

Invitados Especiales: ? Ana Zarina Palafox (México,
DF)
? LOS CULTIVADORES DEL SON (San Andrés Tuxtlas,
Veracruz)
Presentaciones de: Pa? Sumecha (Mexicali, Baja
California)
? Tenocelomeh (Los Angeles) ? Son del Centro (Santa
Ana, CA)
? Enanosón (Valley Center, CA) ? Soneros de San Diego,
California

TALLERES Y OTROS EVENTOS:

JUEVES, SEPT. 4
Presentación y mesa redonda.
Cal State University San Marcos
6 a 9 p.m., Commons 206. Entrada libre.

VIERNES, SEPT. 5
Talleres: Zapateado, Jarana y Décimas
Para todas las edades.
Bayside Community Center. 5 a 8 p.m. $10.

SÁBADO, SEPT. 6
Talleres: Zapateado, Jarana, y Décimas.
Para todas las edades.
Bayside Community Center. 12 a 3 p.m. $10.

Para mayores informes: Bayside Community Center, tel.
(858) 278-0771, o Eduardo García,
tel. (858) 336-5626 (correo electrónico
pezalado@yahoo.com)

About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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One Response to The beauty of Son Jarocho

  1. Alex says:

    Kinsee you should check out Son de Madera if you are in to Jarocho music:
    http://www.myspace.com/sondemadera
    You may also be into a music from a little bit north from the Huastec region in Veracruz called Huapango. Cafe Tacuba did a song in this style:

    Disfrute!

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