Folk music of the northern Rio Grande scheduled to perform at ASC

(06-23-2009)

An evening of regional folk songs and a tribute to the exponents of Hispano folk music of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Adams State College Luther Bean Museum, located on the second floor of Richardson Hall. This community event is free to the public.

Featured will be La Familia Vigil of El Rito, N.M., a musical family whose brilliant acoustical and vocal repertoire spans to include a wide variety of ballads and social melodies that have been a rich musical tradition in the northern Rio Grande region.

Hilos Culturales is hosting the event. Herman and Patsy Martinez cofounded Hilos Culturales over ten years ago. "The mission of the organization is to promote folk music and dances of the region," said Herman. They have hosted events throughout the southwest including Pueblo, Antonito, Trinidad, El Rito, and Denver.

Every year the event has a different format including concerts, literature readings, and demonstrations. The Martinez' founded the Adams State College folk dancers, Semillas de la Tierra in the early 70s. "Our yearly event is centered on Spanish colonial dance, music and traditions," Patsy said.

The August 8th event will include special recognition to Las Hermanitas Quintana of Santa Fe, N.M., and Salomon Lopez of San Antonio, Colo., for their many years of contributions as Hispano folk musicians. Rose Vialpando will accompany her uncle, Salomon Lopez.

The museum will be displaying 19th and 20th century Rio Grande blanket weavings for this memorable program. Sponsors include Semillas de la Tierra, Valley Wide Health Systems, Kavley's Business and Tech Center, Papers of Distinction, and the Luther Bean Museum.

For more information contact the Adams State Communications Office at 719-587-7827.

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