ARTS Pick: Radio Jarocho

Son jarocho music is to the countryside state of Veracruz, Mexico, what fiddle music is to the Appalachian region. Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio perform at McGuffey on Saturday. Publicity photo Son jarocho music is to the countryside state of Veracruz, Mexico, what fiddle music is to the Appalachian region. Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio perform at McGuffey on Saturday. Publicity photo

Steeped in music tradition, son jarocho blends elements of African rhythms, Spanish poetry, melodies and native Mexican culture into a single genre, and members of New York City’s Radio Jarocho—master sonero Zenen Zeferino from Jáltipan, Veracruz and zapateado dancer Julia del Palacio from Mexico City—are in town to share their knowledge. They’ll give workshops on zapateado (rhythmic foot dance) and son jarocho rhythm and song technique before performing with Estela Knott and David Berzonsky of Charlottesville-based Mexilachian group Lua.

Saturday, December 10. Free, 3pm. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. luminariacville.org.

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