Chicagos known for such genres as the blues, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel. But its also home base for one of Americas premier Mexican folk bands, Sones de Mexico. While primarily known for their prowess in performing Mexican son, the six-member unit also plays many other styles like huapango and son jarocho, with all of them being rhythmically dashing and attractive. They earned Grammy nominations in 2007 and 2008, and such heralded discs as Esta Terra Es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land) and Fandango on 18th Street, as well as most recently Que Florezca! (Let It Bloom), have featured adventurous mixtures of traditional Mexican folk and everything from Woody Guthrie covers to country, blues and rock collaborations. For this showpart of TPAC's Family Field Trip seriesthe ensemble will demonstrate over two dozen unique musical instruments, followed by a series of songs about animals that inhabit various Mexican ecosystems. With plenty of audience participation and games, Fiesta Mexicana should make learning about Mexican culture fun para toda la familia. For more information, visit tpac.org/familyfieldtrip.
Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m., 2009