The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice will present son jarocho of “Conjunto Jardín,” the fifth installment of the “Planet Siqueiros Pe“a” series, on Saturday, May 23rd.

Son jarocho, a style of Mexican folk music, comes from the state of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. A key port for five centuries, the city of Veracruz was the point of entry for cultural influences from Africa and the Old World. This vibrant musical style has roots in Mexico’s three cultures – Spanish, African and indigenous.

The Los Angeles-based Conjunto Jardín features sisters Libby and Cindy Harding on the traditional jarana, a small strummed rhythm guitar, and requinto, a four-string lead guitar plucked with a long bone pua or pick.

Another core member of the group is keyboardist Gary Johnson, who plays on keyboard-harp simulations as well as donkey jawbone, tambourine and jarana. Other members of the group are master Peruvian cajonero Gino Gamboa, bass player Rick Moors and Jorge Mijangos, who sings and plays jarana, Leona, Cuban trés and percussion.

The group was nominated for Best Latin/Salsa Artist in the 2003 LA Weekly Music Awards and is the recipient of an LA Treasures Award from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The musical event at SPARC begins with Hector Marquez and Marisol, singers who advocate social justice, followed by Salvadorian refugee and poet, Maria Guardado.

Tamales and drinks will be available during the intermission.

The name of SPARC’s latest community cultural endeavor, the “Planet Siqueiros Pe“a,” is inspired by the revolutionary Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros and the South American musical Pe“as that produced a wave of music that took old rhythms to express new realities.

SPARC is located at 685 Venice Blvd.,Venice. Tickets are $10.

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