ACTA Presents California Son Jarocho in Washington DC

ACTA - Posted on 21 August 2014

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Soneros from various locations of California rehearse together to present son jarocho at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center

During the 1970s the son Jarocho from southern Veracruz, Mexico, experienced a resurgence in practice and performance in Mexico.  The central traditional social gathering, the fandango, in where this traditional music/dance/poetic form is practiced, was reinvigorated and ultimately spread beyond the region, becoming both a performative and practical manner for Mexican communities to gather.  In the early 1990s, the fandangos began formulating in Northern California and by 2000 people throughout California were learning to play the instruments, creating verses, and learning the dance of the son Jarocho form to participate in the fandango gatherings.  The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) will curate a presentation of the son Jarocho form featuring past participants of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program for the Library of Congress as part of the American Folklife Center’s 2014 "Home Grown Series," on September 11 at 12:00pm EDT at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, in Washington, DC.  An additional performance will occur the same day at The Kennedy Center at 6:00pm EDT.

The invited artists include Luis Sarmiento and Ana Urzua from Santa Ana, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores from Los Angeles, Artemio Posadas from San Jose, and Dolores Garcia from Oakland, all of whom are deeply integrated into this transnational cultural phenomenon.

Please join us for a live internet broadcast of this presentation direct from the Kennedy Center on September 11, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT.  For more information go to

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