Latino Center Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Music

The Smithsonian Latino Center presents musical group Los Gallos Negros, Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets. The concert aims to reinterpret the historical significance of this celebrated holiday with stories of struggle and migration through corridos (narrative songs and poetry forms). These songs honor the hard work and struggle of the immigrant experience in this country, specifically braceros (Mexican guest workers, 1942–1964), and Central Americans. It also traces the historical trajectory of México-U.S. migration.

Los Gallos Negros is a five-member string instrument ensemble with a repertoire of Mexican traditional music. Members hail from throughout the U.S., and all currently work and live in Washington, D.C. They perform regularly around Capitol Hill and have recently played at events supporting the DREAM Act and for Dolores Huerta, an icon of farmworker and international migrant rights in the U.S.

This concert is free and will be webcast live on http://latino.si.edu/newsevents/webcasts.htm. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first seated.

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