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Son de Madera brings music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico to Rockland

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The Strand Theatre in Rockland is pleased to host Son De Madera Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm.  The group represents the leading success in the current popular Son Jarocho movement of southern, Veracruz, one of the most dynamic variations of the musical/dance genre known as the Son Mexicano.


This “folk music” of Mexico has emerged from a mix of Spanish, Indigenous, and African, music and dance. The elements of improvisation, new harmonies, melodies, and verses, make each performance of Son Jarocho unique. The dance style “zapateado” performed on a wooden platform called a tarima is a defining characteristic the genre. This incredible footwork provides a rhythmic complement to the instrumental and vocal accompaniment. The famous song “La Bamba” recorded by Richie Valens in the 1950’s propelled the Son Jarocho genre in to the popular music world, and a larger audience got the chance to experience this high energy Mexican fiesta inspired music.


The improvisatory, string driven Son Jarocho music has enjoyed several decades of major resurgence, due in part to forward-looking bands like Son de Madera, who have worded hard to keep the tradition alive and fresh. Son de Madera’s “back-to-the-future” recording allies elder farmer and rancher musicians with the next generation of musical innovators. Their music burgeons with creativity and reverence for both the old and the new as it draws from rural roots to produce fresh interpretations of this popular Mexican regional music.

Combining traditional rhythmic step dancing, guitar, fiddle and bass Son de Madera’s performances are sensuous with an exquisite sense of musicianship.  They have been featured on numerous stages, and television and radio programs in Mexico and the USA including NPR’s The Mountain Stage, and The Kennedy Center. From the beautiful port city of Vera Cruz, Mexico to Rockland, Maine, Son de Madera will bring alive their rich culture on the Strand stage for an unforgettable night of beautiful music and dance that is sure to delight audience members of all ages.


Tickets are $15/advance, $18/door and $10/Students, available by calling the Strand at 594-0070, or online at www.rocklandstrand.com.