Courtesy of Steven Meckler
The Tucson Meet Yourself festival, on October 12, 13 and 14, will feature music groups from around the world. Headlining this year are Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers and Mono Blanco.
Nathan Williams jr., or Lil Nathan, started making music with his dad at the age of five playing the washboard. By 14 he moved to drums and accordion on his first album Zydeco Ballin. Williams went on to study Jazz at the University of Louisiana, where he now teaches traditional music.
Zydeco is a form of music originating in Southwest Louisiana by Creole speakers. It is a mixture of rhythm and blues, and the traditional music of Louisiana. Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers will play on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m.
Mono Blanco plays Son Jarocho music, which is categorized by a blending of indigenous, Spanish and African music styles, typically featuring a small guitar called a jarana. Lead by Gilberto Gutiérrez Silva, Mono Blanco has been revitalizing the Son Jarocho music since 1997. This particular style comes from the band’s home of Veracruz, Mexico. Mono Blanco plays at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.
Find more information about the Tucson Meet Yourself festival here.