Dia de los Muertos Family Celebration
Cascada de Flores
"The Tree and The Donkey who Love to Sing"
Mexican Son Dance Lesson with Lolis García y Nydia Algazzali Gonzalez at 4:30 pm
Family Fandango Jarocho at 5:00 pm
plus Ashkenaz Community Altar
Doors at 3:00 pm
Show at 3:30 pm
$12 Adults/$6 Kids
Cascada de Flores
The core members of Cascada de Flores have been reimagining Mexican tradition for years. After falling for Mexican music as a young woman, singer Arwen Lawrence toured with Grammy-winning L.A. mariachi heavyweights Los Camperos de Nati Cano, an apprenticeship that honed her skills and deepened her love for Mexico’s musical language. Jorge Liceaga grew up in Mexico City, buying his first guitar with the money he’d earned shining shoes. Self-taught, he was later mentored by local legend Leonardo “El León” Salas, a transplant from Yucatan, who taught Jorge to “guasanguearla” (play with that special Yucatecan swing).
Lawrence and Liceaga founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco in 1999. They began by journeying into the hidden corners of Mexico, seeking the real stories of that hugely diverse country. Inspired by the fact that even as deep as its diversity goes, Mexico has a continuous love affair with foreign cultural phenomenon and incorporates them as if they were its own, the ensemble has spent the ensuing years swimming in a magical place somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea where rancheras, boleros, sones, and guarachas from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia meet.
Cascada de Flores has now recorded four albums, collaborated in numerous projects including theater and cinema, and toured several areas of the U.S. and Mexico. The band is now a phenomenon, cherished by the Latinos who hear them and opening the minds of their non-Latino fans. Opening minds and hearts to the real stories of Mexico and Latin America has become Cascada de Flores’ unofficial mission. Firmly committed to cultural education as well as music, they present a bilingual music and dance program that has reached over 500,000 children in over 1,000 schools and libraries across the western U.S. Close to home, they present ongoing bilingual classes and special workshops for children and families focused on traditional Latin American folk songs and Mexican traditional music and dance.