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  • David Hidalgo, Los Cenzontles and Andre Thierry

    This show was on May 16th, 2014 | 27 people watched
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    • May 17
      It was a great concert. I enjoyed all the performers. They played really well together!!
    • May 17
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    • May 17
      First let ne thank my friend Mike Ceja for giving me the heads up. Shiw was awesome. David Hidalgo (alpha lobo) killed it on guitar. As well as everybody else. What a combination of music it blended beutifully. lucinas zapateado was off the hook, got to love it. Really enjoyed the show, bring show to Los Angeles Ill be there for sure. Thanks again👍.
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The Zydeco-Mexican Connection - David Hidalgo, Los Cenzontles and Andre Thierry.

Los Cenzontles and Andre Thierry unite their respective Mexican and Zydeco traditions into an energizing, soulful new sound. With the support of legendary musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), their new cross-cultural collaborative project reveals and connects two of America's rich heritages.
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The Zydeco-Mexican Connection - David Hidalgo, Los Cenzontles and Andre Thierry.

Los Cenzontles and Andre Thierry unite their respective Mexican and Zydeco traditions into an energizing, soulful new sound. With the support of legendary musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), their new cross-cultural collaborative project reveals and connects two of America's rich heritages.
Los Cenzontles, which means the mockingbirds, is both a musical group and an active arts organization that teaches music, dance, art, and cultural appreciation to young people in the Richmond / San Pablo area and beyond. The multi-generational band, founded by classical guitarist Eugene Rodriguez, has performed and recorded with such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, the Chieftains, and Taj Mahal. The New York Times has praised the “strange beauty” of their music, saying that it “sends you right away to a place you’ve never been and might never want to leave,” and adding that “it both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.”

Andre, who hails from the same working-class area as Los Cenzontles, home to Creole and Mexican-American communities for generations, is an accordion virtuoso and a captivating singer with a smooth soul sound who has taken traditional zydeco and infused it with elements of hip-hop, blues, rock, and pop. ReverbNation calls him “a phenomenal talent” and says that “at only 32 years old, he is already a legend.” He and his band won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Award for Best Zydeco Group in 2008 and 2012, and earned a Grammy nomination for Regional Roots Music.

David Hidalgo, in addition to being a founding member of multiple
Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos, is a visionary artist whose talents as a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer has made him a first choice as a recording collaborator and occasional featured band-member with artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Robert Plant among many others.

The band feature Lucina Rodriguez, Fabiola Trujillo, Emiliano Rodriguez, Carlos Caro, Ruben Moreno, and Juan Carreon playing guitar and accordion, drums, rub-board and electric bass, as well as such traditional Mexican instruments as jarana, vihuela, requinto, pandero, and quihada.

Connections between Louisiana Creoles and Mexicans reach far back to the exile of Mexican president Benito Juarez to Louisiana in the 1850’s and the subsequent migration of Creoles to Mexico, and also include the musical influence of zydeco king Clifton Chenier on Chicano legends like Freddy Fender and Los Lobos, as well as the present-day zydeco scene in Houston where young Latinos are discovering Zydeco all over again. It’s an effortless fusion, the accordion-driven rhythms of Zydeco and the Mexican rhythms of the zapateado, the zydeco rub-board and the Mexican donkey jaw, or quijada. Whether they’re singing in French, Spanish, or English, the languages flow together like the music, and the meaning is always to honor tradition and make it new, fresh, and alive.

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