Latino in Nashville, April 2024

(Versión en español aquí)

The Nashville music scene is expanding into an exhilarating landscape of Latin American artists and projects. Mariachi, Banda, Salsa, Cumbia, and Rock in Spanish are just some of the genres that make the festive nights of the venues vibrate. Here’s an invitation to delight live with the sounds and moves of three projects that will perform in April on the colorful stage of Plaza Mariachi.

Saturday, April 20th
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm 

This duo from Cali (Colombia) has a cutting-edge style that blends Latin pop and rock with indie folk nuances. Guitarist and producer Alex Zúñiga and vocalist Guile Gadel reflect the freshness characteristic of Rock en español and its contemporary lyricism in their compositions. Among their productions, the band has an album titled “Mar de Rock” where their songs alternate between romantic and introspective lyrics. Marrocko’s proposal has captivated the city’s audience with performances at the 2023 Nashville Shores Waterpark Latino Fest and the halftime show of the local team Nashville SC with a guitar solo that infused energy into the crowds. 

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Saturday, April 20th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 21st, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sunday, April 28th, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

The perfect complement to a live Mariachi, Banda, or Marimba show is the authentic steps of Mexican folklore. Ballet Folklórico Sol de México transports its audience to the grounds of Sinaloa, Veracruz, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Chiapas, where the colorful regional costumes sway gracefully. This group has reunited expert dancers with their native dances in a city where Mexican music is increasingly positioning itself in the international expression. Their trajectory in Nashville already spans a decade, and among their experiences stand out performances such as the launch of Estrella Jalisco beer at the Nashville Music Center, as well as Los Tigres del Norte concert at the Bridgestone Arena, being the first folkloric group on this stage. In addition to events, Ballet Folklórico Sol de México seeks to promote interest and appreciation for Mexican cultural manifestations through visits to schools in the metropolitan area and calls for new dancers to join their project. 

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Saturday, April 20th
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

As its name suggests, Ritmo Sabroso is an orchestra that inevitably gets the audience on their feet to join in with their moves to the rhythm of salsa, merengue, and cumbia. These genres have undoubtedly permeated Latin American celebrations for generations and the music scene across the Atlantic. Ritmo Sabroso brings together musicians with extensive experience from Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the United States, countries representative of the sonic and cultural richness of these genres. For those looking to enjoy a tropical night this weekend, this is an event you can’t miss!

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