Fandango

July 27, 2007

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Every month at a gallery in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, a group of people come together for a Fandango that lasts until the wee hours of the morning. The Fandango is a tradition that immigrants have brought with them from Mexico–a party consisting of food, dance and music, where everyone is invited to join in the festivities.

This week, producer Catalina Maria Johnson explores the roots of the Fandango, its musical heart, the Son Jarocho, and the future of this tradition here in the Windy City. You'll also hear some of the musical performances we recorded live at the Colibri Gallery in Pilsen. This is the first segment in a new series called Music on the Move: Immigrant Cultures and their Music, part of Chicago Matters: Beyond Borders, our year-long exploration of immigration in the region.