This Sunday Hoosiers will have a free opportunity to experience something usually reserved only for inside Latino music clubs. Top-billing national, regional and local bands of traditional Mexican music will perform downtown at Military Park throughout the day as part of the 15th annual Family Day celebration, or "FAMiLIA FEST: El Dia de La Familia."
- Courtesy of Manuel Sepulveda
Radio Latina will be featuring local, as well as national and international bands to play their listener's favorite hits live.
The festival will feature foods and drink from various Latin American countries (think: tamales and tacos from Mexico; empanadas from Panama; arroz con pollo from Costa Rica and arepas from Venezuela), a beer garden and arts and crafts activities for children of all ages and pony rides.
Celebrating the role music plays in Latino family culture, the festival will sizzle with cumbia, quebradita, ranchera and banda music.
"The event is to thank all of our listeners for their preference and for tuning in. But using the same means, we invite the whole community to celebrate for a day with their family," says Manuel Sepulveda, event organizer for FM 107.1 Radio Latina. It's the station that strives to keep expats entertained and up-to-date with regional contemporary culture.
- Courtesy of Los Ramones de Nuevo Leon
Playing together for only a little more than three years, the members of Los Ramones de Nuevo Leon have achieved rapid success in the United States, and they will perform a free concert this Sunday at Military Park.
One of the featured bands to perform is The Ramones of Nuevo Leon, but you won't see punks and black mops of hair moving to the beat of Blitzkrieg Bop. Los Ramones de Nuevo Leon will have visitors of all ages dancing to Ranchera music, regardless of their first language.
The Northern Mexican group, also ostensibly made up of all brothers, includes Jaime Flores as lead singer and accordionist, Jesús Flores on backup vocals and electric bass, Héctor Flores on drums, Francisco Flores on sax and Antonio Flores on the bajosexto or "sixth bass", a Mexican instrument with 12 strings (six notes which are doubled) and predominantly used in Norteño music. The Band's name pays homage to the men's home place, Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon, a small town with a little more than 6,000 residents.
Much of the band's quick and unexpected success gained across the border resulted directly from the exposure Latin American music receives here, thanks to radio stations such as FM 107.1 Radio Latina.
Much like Los Ramones de Nuevo Leon, popular bands such as Banda Machos, Triny y La Leyenda
and Brazeros Musical are expected to enchant current and new listeners of the Mexican regional genres.
Event attendees will not only get a chance to hear why this group rapidly went from playing on street corners and outside their local cantinas, (and even inside city buses) a little more than three years ago to headlining at major music venues and festivals around Mexico and the United States. This will mark the band's first time performing as part of Indy's annual celebration.
El Dia de La Familia takes place on June 21st at Military Park, 601 W. New York St., from noon until 11:00 p.m.. Admission is free.
- Courtesy of Manuel Sepulveda
For 15 years, thousands of Hoosiers have gathered for the annual Family Fest to celebrate the role music plays in Latino family culture.