Given that Queens is the most diverse borough in the world, it should come as no surprise that all styles of music can be found throughout its neighborhoods. Radio Jarocho is one such example, specializing in son jarocho, a regional folk genre from the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
While the band plays son jarocho, in tribute to the small towns and musicians who created it in Veracruz, they also throw in their own assorted influences to make something that sounds both traditional and contemporary.
“Son jarocho musicians have relied on traditional songs for years, which is great but we are channeling our experiences in New York City and put them into a traditional Mexican music form to create our original songs,” Gabriel Guzman said.
The members, which include Guzman on jarana and vocals, Julia del Palacio on bailiadora and vocals, Juan Carlos Marin on requinto and vocals, Emmanuel Huitzil on marimbol and Carlos Cuestas on leona and vocals, are based in Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst.
“We love the diversity of Queens in terms of people, food and music,” Guzman said. “We grew up as musicians and artists in community events around Queens.”
The group’s debut album, “Café Café,” was released in May 2012 and Radio Jarocho has been supporting it with local shows since then. They will play at the Terraza Café, located at 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst, on April 26 and May 18. They have an Astoria performance planned as well for May 11, at the Queens Library found at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard.