Jarabe Mexicano to bring bilingual fusion music to ASU Kerr


Emi Kamezaki

ASU Kerr Cultural Center will present Jarabe Mexicano Jan. 18 in a diverse program of traditional Mexican music made modern with reggae, rock, Tex-Mex, doo-wop and more. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by Latin American popular dance music and versatile modern mariachi music, Jarabe Mexicano embodies the dynamic energy and nostalgia of their bicultural roots. The group is based in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, and is distinctly influenced by the sounds on both sides of the border.

“Each member of the band has the vocal talent of a lead singer — their harmonies are incredible,” said ASU Kerr General Manager Tracey Mason.

ASU Kerr Cultural Center encourages young audiences to explore Latin music by attending this performance. Student tickets are $10 with a student ID for this and all shows in ASU Kerr’s Featured Artists season.

Reserved tickets cost $35, and general admission is $28. Tickets are available for purchase at ASUKerr.com, over the phone at 480-596-2660 or in person at the ASU Kerr Box Office, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

“Jarabe’s soulful mixture of Mexican influences blended with nostalgic rock sounds has a beautifully wide relevance to our region,” Mason said. “We hope to connect communities, dance and celebrate with the band.”

Formed in 2015 by students of San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, Jarabe Mexicano features lead vocalist Gustavo Alcoser, Mario Eguia on requinto, Kevin Lomes on vihuela, Chris Behrens on guitarron, Alex Tapia on percussion and guitar and Carlos Arellano on accordion. For more information, please visit JarabeMexicano.com.