Saturday, April 04, 2009

By The Time We Got to Woodstock

We'll be taking an hours-long death ride into the Sierra Gorda today to catch the last day of the San Joaquín Huapango Festival. Imagine Woodstock, but with a lineup consisting mostly of yodeling, violin-playing farm boys. It is, admittedly, an acquired taste. So let's work on that. Here's the Trío Misión Queretana playing their Huapango el queretano, here in Querétaro (this would be like CSN playing their version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" at Woodstock, we think).

Like heavy metal, huapango tends to be a guy thing, but girl groups aren't unheard of. So the Perlitas Queretanas would be the Runaways of the 'pango world.

Finally, here's a short video promoting San Joaquín as a tourist destination. Much in the way Borat promoted Kazakhstan:


Ellen Kimball said...

Sweet! I love performance and it's great to see young people playing instruments.

My father played the violin. He wasn't any Itzhak Perlman, but I remember Gypsy melodies that he did pretty well. Mother played the piano, and the most I can recall was "Fuer Elise" (Sister Elise) by Beethoven.

I've gone on to enjoy many kinds of music from around the world.

Thanks for posting these little video and audio vignettes.


Ellen Kimball, Portland, OR and citizen of the world!

PS. My husband teaches ESL (English as a second language) to new residents of Beaverton, OR. He has had Mexican, Vietnamese, and Korean students in the past two years.

PPS. You're the first to know we're going to Sydney, Australia in October. It will be spring there!

Burro Hall said...

And here I thought I had gotten out of the breaking-news biz! Feliz viaje!