Son del Centro (Son Jarocho; traditional Mexican music)
Live at Folk Arts Rare Records
Free Happy Hour Show!
part of Boulevard Nights (the 3rd Friday of every month on El Cajon Blvd.)
Son del Centro’s roots date back almost 13 years now when high school-aged youth began exploring the rich Mexican musical tradition of son jarocho. Five years ago, the group’s efforts came to fruition in the form of their first album Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. Son del Centro owes its accomplishments, which include performances in Veracruz, Mexico, on the stage of the House of Blues in Chicago, to a community-based project started in 2002 out of Santa Ana’s El Centro Cultural de Mexico. As the longtime nonprofit’s occupancy of the Knight’s of Pythias building on the corner of Fifth and Broadway will end next month at the behest of the property owners, the son jarocho group returns to a familiar role in a new context, performing benefit shows for the community organization that birthed them now in its time of need. In 2014, their song Cana from their 1st album was used in the acclaimed movie ‘Jaula de Oro’. Son del Centro released a second album in 2014 paying homage to a tradition that has proven resilient over the span of centuries in Mexico.