The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St, will not host Son De Madera Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. 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. The concert will be rescheduled.

This style of Mexican folk music 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. A defining characteristic the genre is the zapateado dance performed on a wooden platform called a tarima. Incredible footwork provides a rhythmic complement to the instrumental and vocal accompaniment.

The famous song “La Bamba,” recorded by Richie Valens in the 1950s, 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, which has worked 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 bursts 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. The ensemble has been featured on numerous stages and on television and radio programs in Mexico and the United States including public radio’s “The Mountain Stage” and The Kennedy Center.

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VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to