Submitted by San Juan Community Theater.
Watch and hear the fast rhythms of Latin music come to life! Vancouver-based band Locarno will be on the Whittier Stage at the San Juan Community Theater on Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO award-winning musician Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Canada as a teenager. Tom has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 he decided to immerse himself more in the genre and began working on material for an album. In 2006, he received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study traditional Mexican music in Veracruz, Mexico. Tom spent his days learning the jarana (an 8-string guitar) and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire. Upon his return to Canada, Tom began working on what would be Locarno’s first CD. Since then, the band has refined its sound and incorporated more of its influences such as Colombian music, African sukous, Mexican marimba music, Venezuelan joropo and Brazilian forro music. Where the band shines the most is in live performances with Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on fiddle, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timpani, Pedro Mota on guitar and vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone. You won’t want to miss this “winning combination” live at the SJCT! Tickets are $31 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 for students. To learn more about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit our website: sjctheatre.org. For more information about the music and members of Locarno, visit their website: locarnoband.com. Please note that SJCT requires proof of vaccination for entry to all performances or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. In addition, masking is mandatory inside the room. For more information on our Covid-19 guidelines, please visit sjctheatre.org/covid-policies.