Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Where will you be 4th of July? If you're not in Philadelphia, I suggest you make it out to Washington, DC. The 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to take place between June 24th and July 5th at the National Mall presents three musical groups from Colombia. All the events are free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Smithsonian's festival web-site.

Las Américas: Un Mundo Musical
(The Americas: A Musical World)

Las Américas, the final and most broad-reaching program of the Nuestra Música: Music in Latino Culture Smithsonian Folklife Festival "living exhibitions" series, will feature outstanding artists from the United States and Latin America in an engaging cultural dialogue. The core of the artists will be from the Tradiciones/Traditions series of recordings published by Smithsonian Folkways. These artists represent the rich diversity of emblematic musical styles in the United States and throughout the Americas, including Puerto Rican bomba, plena, and jíbaro music, Mexican son music from various regions, mariachi music, Colombian vallenato, joropo, and currulao, Dominican merengue típico, bachata, and salve, Venezuelan música llanera, Paraguayan polca, and Salvadoran chanchona music.

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