GAMBIER — Mountain music with deep roots comes to Kenyon College in a free concert on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The trio El Violin de Lorenzo Martinez that performs the Spanish colonial music of northern New Mexico and the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters that performs Appalachian, old-time, string-band music will appear at Rosse Hall, 105 College Dr. The concert — Mountain Music, Southeast by Southwest — brings to a close Rural by Design, a week-long series of free, public events exploring rural sustainability through dialogue, dance and music.
Music fans at the Mountain Music concert “will be enthralled,” said Judy Sacks, affiliated scholar in American Studies at Kenyon and an organizer of the event.
El Violin de Lorenzo Martinez is led by violinist Lorenzo Martinez, a Mariachi who brings that more modern influence to the old violin repertoire of Spanish colonial dance tunes. Their performance will include vocals on corridos, which are narrative ballads.
The five-piece Bogtrotters, based in Galax, Va., play the old-time, string-band music that is a precursor to bluegrass music, Sacks said. The dance music is “home- and community-based” and traditionally played in kitchens and on porches. The group features fiddler Eddie Bond, “the brightest light out there,” Sacks said.
To learn more about the concert and Rural by Design, visit rurallife.kenyon.edu and call 740-427-5158. Rural by Design is made possible by the McGregor Fund of Detroit and is presented by the Kenyon College Rural Life Center with support from the Kenyon Center for Global Engagement, the Kenyon Center for the Study of American Democracy, and People Endorsing Agrarian Sustainability.
Published on April 2, 2013