Ventura Music Festival

Jarabe Mexicano

7/18 at 5:00 pm

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Jarabe Mexicano

Lively Latin American Songbook          Wednesday, July 18 ~ 5:00 pm  *note earlier start time*
San Buenaventura Mission Park            ~ opposite 211 East Main Street | Ventura

Gustavo Alcoser                    │lead vocalist & managing coordinator
Jose Martin Marquez             requinto & vocals
Kevin Lomes                        vihuela & vocals
Chris A. Behrens                   │guitarrón & vocals
Danny Brito                          │percussion & artistic director

Part One
La Bikina
Serenata Huasteca
Forever (Cien Años)
Besame Mucho
El Ausente
Hey Baby, ¿Que Paso?
Wasted Days & Nights
Donna/We Belong Together
La Bamba
Mariposa Traicionera
Lamento Boliviano
La Negra Tomasa


Part Two
El Cascabel
Como Quien Pierde Una Estrella
Quien Sera (Sway)
Piel Canela
Cumbia Del Sol
Get Up, Stand Up (Semillas)
Se Me Hizo Facil
Ain’t No Sunshine (Se Va Mi Luz)
Por Un Amor
La Mucura
Suavecito, Suavecito
La Malagueña
La Bruja
El Tilingo Lingo & Perdon

Bring low chairs, blankets, picnics—and family and friends to this free concert!

JARABE MEXICANO has ties on both sides of the border. Founded in San Diego in 2015, this electrifying quintet combines stunning vocals, traditional mariachi instruments and percussion with a Spanish and English songbook that includes cumbias, sones, boleros, huapangos, reggae, DooWop and other American classics. Its Mexican-American members are bi-lingual, with extensive backgrounds in music education, and offer residencies, workshops and advanced Skype sessions for students and teachers. Jarabe means many things: syrup (as in liquid medicine) in Spanish; celebration in Arabic; a traditional couples dance; and mix of rhythms and instruments.

Gustavo Alcoser, a classically trained vocalist, is a founding member of San Diego Pro Arte Voices and researcher on Indigenist contributions to Mexico.

Jose Martin Marquez is a veteran session artist and deep student of Mexican folkloric music. He plays a requinto, the smaller, higher pitched version of a classical guitar.

Kevin Lomes, a classically trained vocalist, performs on the small “tenor range” guitar called a vihuela.

Chris A. Behrens, a veteran mariachi, plays guitarrón, a very large, deep-bodied Mexican six-string acoustic bass.

Danny Brito is also a composer and visual artist. He conducts master classes for top percussionists in the US.

Jarabe Mexicano is represented by Marian Liebowitz Artist Management:

Sponsors:              City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division
                            Downtown Ventura Partners