Date(s) - 07/29/2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Carbondale Town Square
On Saturday, July 29th, 2023, Southern Illinois Culture & Arts in Bilingual Education (also known by the acronym SI CABE) will host a free community concert under Carbondale’s historic Town Square Pavilion, 121 N Illinois Ave, as part of year two of the Latin Summer Nights traditional music concert series sponsored by a Southern Arts Fund grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and local arts agency ArtSpace 304. Los Condenados Huastecos will take the outdoor stage promptly at 6:00pm.
Los Condenados Huastecos trio, led by award-winning fiddler, Juan Rivera, comes from a long tradition of Mexican folk music called Son Huasteco, which he and the others have played all over the world in renown places such as the University of Chicago Folk Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Institute, and Carnegie Hall. The genre is marked by florid poetry, soaring high falsetto vocals, and ornate and elaborate, riveting violin improvisation. The son huasteco hails from the Huasteca, one of Mexico’s most celebrated cultural regions, which overlaps six states in east-central Mexico— San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Hidalgo, Querétaro, and Puebla, and is characterized by the historical blending of diverse cultures, including Spanish, indigenous, and African. Huapangos, gustos, and sones huastecos are played on a guitarra quinta huapanguera (an eight-string guitar-like instrument) a jarana huasteca (a stringed instrument related to the jarana), and a violin.