Comunidad Hispana invites the community to a Latin music fiesta featuring the group “Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer.” The concert will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9, in the gazebo of Normal Park, with activities and food sales beginning at 5 p.m. and the musical performance taking place from 6-9 p.m. The concert event is being organized by Latino members of Comunidad Hispana as a fundraiser to support the organization as well as an opportunity to share a beloved part of their Mexican culture and tradition with members of the community.
When you hear “mariachi,” words that come to mind might include fiesta, sombrero and tequila. The mariachi is a traditional and very popular form of musical entertainment which originated in Mexico and consists of a group of musicians, sometimes more than 20, and includes various instruments such as guitars, trumpets, violin, vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass). Musicians are known for wearing ornately embroidered “charro” costumes and sombreros. In Mexico, mariachis perform at all types of celebrations such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms and local festivals. Styles can vary widely from modern to traditional.
The group which will be performing in Merrill, Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer (Mariachi New Dawn), consists of five members from Mexico and El Salvador. They are based in Green Bay and have been performing together since 2006.
In addition to the musical performance, the evening will include several other elements to make you feel like you have traveled south of the border. While you listen to the music, you can enjoy the flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine, including tamales (savory pieces of pork tucked inside a corn dough masa and then wrapped in corn husks and steamed); chicharrón preparado (a flour dough crust topped with thinly sliced cabbage, diced tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and salsa); and torta mexicana (a hearty sandwich made with shredded chicken and cabbage and homemade salsa). A favorite Mexican beverage will also be offered… no, not tequila! Horchata is a deliciously sweet, milky beverage made from raw rice and a hint of cinnamon. It is sure to please both young and old.
And what would a good fiesta be without piñatas? Two colorful piñatas, filled with a mixture of typical sweets from Mexico and the U.S., will be available for children to take turns trying to break open. The piñata-breaking will take place at 5:30 p.m., before the concert begins. To further help you get into the mood, traditional Mexican sombreros, decorated with colorful embroidery, will also be available for purchase in both adult and children’s sizes.
This concert will help support the work of Comunidad Hispana which offers advocacy and leadership training for the Latino population. Comunidad Hispana strives to empower Latinos by helping them overcome the barriers they encounter in this culture, as well as providing opportunities for non-Latinos to gain an understanding and appreciation of Latinos and their culture.