Traditions & Crosscurrents

(Multiple Venues) : Fri 11/2/18 8:00PM - Wed 2/20/19 7:30PM

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Traditions & Crosscurrents

Four events in Hill Auditorium and Michigan Theater


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Totalmente Juan Gabriel
Aida Cuevas Friday, November 2, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Totalmente Juan Gabriel</em><br>
Aida Cuevas

The “Queen of Ranchera Music,” Aida Cuevas presents a mariachi spectacle, paying tribute to her dear friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel, who passed way in 2016. With a long-lasting career of nearly 40 years, she was recently awarded the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first time a woman has received the award. This unforgettable concert also features Cuevas’s mariachi band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán.



Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele Wednesday, November 7, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. The encounter shaped his destiny and ultimately gave the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument — and one who has drawn comparisons to musical titans like Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, and Bette Midler and breathes fresh life into everything from covers of hard-driving rock classics and jazz songbook standards to traditional Hawaiian music and his own original songs.



Echo in the Valley
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Echo in the Valley</em><br>
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Echo in the Valley is the follow-up to acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the duo a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, their mission was to take their double-banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer styles to the next level. Their rules for the recording: all sounds must be created by the two of them, the only instruments used were banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo), and they had to be able to perform every recorded song live. Echo in the Valley connects us to our past through wild re-imaginings of traditional Appalachian tunes, with original songs inspired by a man who ferried Syrian refugees to safety and by Native American voices lamenting a distancing from nature.



Las Cafeteras Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Las Cafeteras

Born and raised east of Los Angeles, the six-piece band is remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. They create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message, a mix-and-match of styles and sources that deliver socially conscious lyrics in both English and Spanish. Their wildly vibrant Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes document stories of a community looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.