COMMON FENCE MUSIC is celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month with an exciting performance by NYC-based Mexican ensemble RADIO JAROCHO on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8pm. Doors will open to CFM members at 7pm, non-members at 7:15pm. The concert will take place at the CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Tickets to the show are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $20 for CFM members, $15 for students. Tickets and information may be obtained at CommonFenceMusic.org and will also be available for purchase at the door.
“The band’s beautiful execution of the classics, new compositions faithful to the genre and gentle pushing of son jarocho’s musical envelope refresh the music for these times.” – Catalina Maria Johnson, NPR Music
National Arts & Humanities Month was launched by American for the Arts over 30 years ago to encourage Americans to explore and participate in the arts in their environment each October. Common Fence Music is celebrating by inviting the Southern New England community to experience live a genre of music they may not have heard before – son jarocho. Radio Jarocho plays this rowdy , upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and has been mixing it with the sounds of New York’s urban life for over ten years. They deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. In addition to a stellar collection of instrumentalists and vocalists, Radio Jarocho features Julia del Palacio, the group’s dancer and director who performs zapateado jarocho, a percussive style of dance that drives the rhythm of this centuries-old style of music.
Radio Jarocho have played concerts at festivals and venues in the east coast, including the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, La Casita at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now! and Celebrate Brooklyn. They released Rios de Norte y Sur, their first studio production together, in May of 2018. With this album, for which they partnered with son jarocho legend Zenen Zeferino, Radio Jarocho celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and New York, Mexico and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes, offering a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with sounds that have become part of New York City’s musical fabric.
Keeping with the spirit of the event, Mexican-inspired dinner plates will be available from the CFM kitchen in addition to their signature selection of soups, baked goods and beverages. For those who prefer to carry in their own fare, this event will be BYOB & Picnic.
CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center is located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Free parking is available adjacent to and across the street from the building. The hall is fully accessible. Ticket prices vary. For more information about Common Fence Music, visit CommonFenceMusic.org, or call (401)683-5085.
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