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Chapala’s hot strings happening

What happens when a crowd of musicians unite in a single place to share their knowledge, talents and passion for traditional Mexican and Latin American tunes? 

pg10They create a marvelous platform generating great vibes and hours of listening pleasure for anyone in earshot.

That phenomenon will occur Wednesday, June 7, when a dozen musical ensembles and soloists congregate on the grounds of the Centro Cultural González Gallo in Chapala for the 21st Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas.

The gathering of folk harp and other acoustic string instrument performers coming different parts of Mexico—and as far off as Colombia—puts Chapala on the map as a venue for a unique cultural happening and cradle of Jalisco’s most talented folk musicians. The high-spirited musical marathon runs non-stop from 1 p.m. until the musicians run out of juice, or a sudden downpour sends everyone scattering for cover.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the invited artists alternate for individual sets on steps of Chapala’s former railway station, while the audience takes in the show seated beneath large tents or stretched out on the grassy lawn.    

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