Delightful strains of traditional Mexican music will fill the air when nine local musicians congregate at the kick-off event for the 17th Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. at Cafe Galeria Inspira (Av. Madero 228, Chapala). There is no charge, although the cafe will appreciate any orders.
Many more harp players from around the country and other nations will be on hand when the Encuentro opens for an full day of music June 5 at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo. The outdoor terrace and grassy grounds of the former railway station will be the setting for the off-beat music fest. There will be seating available under a large tent and ample space for people bringing their own portable chairs, blankets, picnic gear, snacks and drinks. On subsequent dates, guest musicians extending their visits to lakeside will likely appear at pop-up events taking place at other local venues.