The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to present the Mexican-American border band Jarabe Mexicano at our first Boulder Phil Presents event! The band is back on the road with a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia. Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion, the band’s down-to-earth charm and harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them acclaim from audiences across the country.
Lauded as cultural ambassadors by the Mexican Consulate in the United States, Jarabe Mexicano believes every performance is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of community. Their programming for audiences of all ages features music and personal stories that highlight what it’s like to grow up along the US-Mexico border. From romantic ballads fit for a loving serenade to exuberant dance music that will bring people out of their seats, this musical joyride will be one to remember!
Sunday, May 7, 3 PM
Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex
in Federal Heights, Colorado
1001 W 84th Ave, Denver, CO 80260
General Seating | Use code “PINNSTU” for discounted $5 tickets
*** Online ticket sales end at 12 PM day of the concert. Walk-ups are welcome starting 2:30 PM at Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex. ***
Gustavo Alcoser, lead vocalist
Daniel Brito, percussion
Kevin Lomes, vihuela & vocals
Eduardo Valencia, guitarron & vocals
Esteban Smith, lead guitar
Beyond the Performance
Jarabe Mexicano: Troubadours and teachers
For the members of Jarabe, every performance, wherever they go, is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of family and community. “It’s not just going on a stage and singing and dancing and playing. It’s telling them musically and historically what this is about,” said lead vocalist Tavo Alcoser Jr.. “That’s our thing. That’s what we love to do. We go from playing music for the kids to telling them stories about growing up on the border,” said Danny Brito, percussionist and artistic director for the group. As advocates for the arts and education and with a special commitment to underserved communities, Jarabe Mexicano has forged fruitful collaborations with an array of both public and private organizations, academic institutions, and government entities–all in their effort to help bridge the frontiers between musical genres, diverse cultures, and generations. “We would like [people] to be familiar with the sound; why the sound is what it is; how it reflects social aspects and cultural aspects of border populations,” Myers said. Read Vicki Adame’s article, Jarabe Mexicano: Troubadours and teachers HERE.
Colorado organizations gives Jarabe Mexicano praise
“It was an absolute joy to present Jarabe Mexicano! What an incredible group of musicians. Their gift for connecting is so tangible and special. We had a great couple of days with them and their kindness to different communities that were present, as well as their talent, made for a tremendous few concerts. We’re still flying high!” – Director of Artistic Administration and Education, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO
“Jarabe Mexicano was thought provoking, heartfelt, and engaging. It’s the first time we’ve ever had a conga line form within the auditorium! This has certainly been a season highlight and it brought the community together in a way that I’ve never witnessed before.” – Vail Valley Foundation, Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO
DeVotchKa + Boulder Phil
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 PM
A cross-pollination of numerous influences, including cabaret, spaghetti Westerns, norteño, punk, and the immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe, Colorado-based quartet DeVotchKa, formed in Denver by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass) and percussionist Shawn King, emerged as unlikely indie heroes in the mid-2000s infusing modern indie music with a global flavor.
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