On the roof of El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
6 to 103rd St. or 2/3 to 110th St.
|11:30||After-party on the roof: Open bar courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner|
Rana Santacruz is a Mexican musician who lives in Brooklyn, NY. His music has been called "Mexican Bluegrass" or "Irish Mariachi" with a dose of rock and alternative. His sound starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across most of Mexico. The acoustic instrumentation includes cajon, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin and trumpet. He cites his main influences as The Pogues, Tom Waits, Chavela Vargas, Agustin Lara, son jarocho, tambora, and folk music in general. Lyrically, his songs tell short tales about broken hearts, sailors, dogs, turkeys, and farewells. He performs them frequently with his "Bluegrass Mariachi Band" at clubs in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Rana Santacruz just finished recording his first solo CD "Chicavasco". The album was produced by Santacruz and Alex Venguer who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Joel and Phil Collins among others. Chicavasco will be released nationally early 2010. He offers free downloads in his site: www.ranasantacruz.com