Submitted by San Juan Community Theatre.
Watch and listen to the fast-paced rhythms of Latin music come alive! The Vancouver-based group Locarno will grace the Whittier stage at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, February 5th at 7:30pm. Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Canada in his teens. Tom has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 decided to immerse himself more into the genre and started working on material for an album. In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico. Tom spent his days learning the jarana (an 8 string guitar), and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire. Upon his return to Canada, Tom started working on what would be Locarno’s debut CD. Since then, the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Where the band shines the most is in live performances which feature Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar and vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone. You won’t want to miss this “winning combination” live at SJCT! Tickets are $31 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 student rush. To learn more about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit our website: sjctheatre.org. For more information about Locarno’s music and members, visit their website: locarnoband.com. Please note SJCT requires proof of vaccination for entry to all performances or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. Additionally, masking is required inside the venue. For more information regarding our Covid-19 guidelines please visit sjctheatre.org/covid-policies.