Sones de México Ensemble performed on April 11 at the Englert Theatre. Audience members had this feedback:
I wanted to share that I thought Sones de Mexico was PHENOMNEMAL! Their performance was lively and entertaining and my three kids could not stop talking about how cool the instruments were that they used, or how fun the music was! They were also mesmerized by the woman in the band who used her feet to make music and the beautiful costumes that she wore.
The highlight of the evening for my fourteen year old son was being able to meet the band afterwards in the lobby area and they were even kind enough to autograph their CD for my son’s grandfather, who was originally going to come to the show, but then had to work at the last minute.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the playbill as it offered a lot of neat information about the different areas of Mexico where the music they were playing originated from and they also had very informative layout of all of the different instruments that they play.
I hope to keep seeing such family friendly, world renown acts coming to Hancher, as my family immensely enjoys going to these shows!
One of the best shows of this year's Hancher season! High energy, great diversity of music styles, and really got the audience engaged. I was sort of sad to see a relatively small house for this band, but what the audience lacked in size, it made up for in enthusiasm. Also, I know the band got a lot of local exposure with residency work while they were here. I really hope to see this band return to Iowa City as an Arts Fest main stage performance at some future date; they'd be a terrific addition to an outdoor citywide celebration.
I really appreciated Sones de México. They did a wonderful presentation in my class “The Music of the Hispanic World” and in the concert Friday, showed a very different side of their music, engaging with US folk and country traditions, showing that Mexican music is fully American. Their style is both informative and fun, perfect for engaging diverse audiences.
I hope you bring them back to Iowa City in the future!
Denise K. Filios
Good entertaining night.