'Border fiesta to remember' coming to LMC's Mendel Center

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- The final show of the 2023-24 season is set to be one to remember at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center next month with Mexican American border band Jarabe Mexicano bringing their blended songbook of Mexican Folk music, Rock & Roll, Norteño/Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia to southwest Michigan.

They will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19 performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion.

"The band’s down-to-earth charm and harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them acclaim from audiences across the country," said LMC's Director of Marketing Services Laura Kraklau.

"Lauded as cultural ambassadors by the Mexican Consulate in the United States, Jarabe believes every performance is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of community. Their programming for audiences of all ages features music and personal stories that highlight what it’s like to grow up along the US-Mexico border."

Organizers say the band has performed with Louie Pérez of Los Lobos and opened for Gaby Moreno and La Santa Cecilia.

The band is currently working on their upcoming third album, while their EP "Semillas" and self-titled album "Jarabe Mexicano'' can be found on all streaming digital platforms.

"From romantic ballads fit for a loving serenade to exuberant dance music that will bring people out of their seats, this border fiesta will be one to remember," Kraklau said.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here or by calling 269-927-8700 and selecting option one.

Organizers say tickets can also be purchased in person through the Mendel Center box office weekdays from noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and two hours before show times in the Mainstage lobby.

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