Sound and the Fury

A week on the scene

Son jarocho

Grupo Mono Blanco returns to Guadalupe's stage this weekend after a seven-year absence, performing in collaboration with the center's dance company in El Mundo de las Catrinas, as part of their month-long Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Mono Blanco, who formed in 1979, are one of the groups most responsible for the revival of the son jarocho, a traditional Mexican musical form native to Veracruz (from which the rock classic "La Bamba" originated), and its accompanying fandangos, or community festivals.

Widely regarded as one of the most important son jarocho groups currently active, Mono Blanco is certainly the most recognized, both in Mexico and internationally. Mono Blanco will perform along with the Guadalupe Dance Company on Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m.

Another weekend highlight should be a live collaboration between Norteño legends Los Nuevo Cadetes de Linares and cumbia king Aniceto Molina on Friday, October 8 at the southside's Noche Caliente. Cause for celebration, even if las canciones de Los Cadetes tend to be written for the broken-hearted.

Cajun preservation

With the San Antonio Accordion Festival approaching, the Southwest School of Art & Craft is gearing up by offering a workshop series by Louisiana accordion maker/musician Marc Savoy.

A dedicated cultural preservationist who began making authentic Acadian accordions in 1960, Savoy is also a skilled instrumentalist with 52 years of playing experience, most notably with the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. He's also recorded seven albums for the Arhoolie label.

Savoy will provide instruction in accordion-making, tuning and playing at the School of Art & Craft (downtown at Augusta) from October 12-15, with demonstrations open to the public on October 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and October 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the evening of Thursday, October 14, he'll also speak at the school's Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall. To sign up for individual workshops, contact Barbara Hill at 224-1848, ext. 339.

Compiled by Alejandro Pérez and Gilbert Garcia

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