Victor Garcia Music and art will be a big part of Mole De Mayo, a free celebration of this iconic dish from Mexico, which will be held on the intersection of Halsted and 16th Streets on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Live music will be on two stages and feature more than 25 bands and singer-songwriters. On Saturday's main stage, don't miss the sultry songs of Maria Blues, who will perform at 3 pm. At 6 pm trumpet virtuoso Victor Garcia takes the stage with his Organ Quartet. On Sunday at 2 pm JaroChicanos perform a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African sources in Son Jarocho, a popular folk musical style from the Gulf state of Veracruz. Hurakan will feature tribal rhythms made from clay, seashells, bones and seeds to complement songs and poetry in Spanish, English and Nahuatl, at 6 pm Dancing will be the focus of the night with irresistible ska from Chicago's own Los Vicios de Papá and, at 8 pm Colombian cumbia with Cumbia Machin.

The acoustic stage will feature trova, bolero, rumba, including Pilsenero Rich Cantú whose velvety ballads aim straight at the heart, takes the stage on Sunday at 3 pm. At 4 pm, singer-songwriter Vivian Garcia, joined by Julian Harris on trumpet, will share rumba flamenca as well as a bluesy blend of original compositions from her recently released album Cold Bed.

The festival will also include an art showcase featuring more than 20 Chicago visual artists including, Diana Solis, Alma Dominguez, and Emmanuel White Eagle.

Written By Amor Montes De Oca, Contributor to ChicagoMusic.org, editor Arte Y Vida
Photo by Paul Crisanti, PhotoGetGo

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