September 2, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Lively Mexican music will be on display at John A. Logan College on Friday, Sept. 4 when Ida y Vuelta performs in the Skylight Lounge at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.  The group performs Mexican folk music known as Son Jarocho, the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico.  The event is free and open to the public.

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, is pleased to have the group on campus.

“We invited Ida y Vuelta to perform as part of our college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,” Fox said.  “Concerts like this are a good way to raise awareness of Hispanic Americans’ roots and culture, and also recognize and honor their contributions to history.”

Fox learned about the group from Colleen Springer, assistant literacy coordinator at Logan and member of the diversity events planning committee.  She is also a certified Spanish teacher and involved in the bilingual education program at District 95 in Carbondale.

“Ida y Vuelta is based in Chicago, and I knew they were coming to southern Illinois to perform in a community event in Carbondale on Friday night,” Springer said.  “I asked Toyin if she would like to have the group do a performance at the college during the day on Friday and she jumped on board.  This gives Logan the chance to host an authentic Mexican folk concert, and gives Ida y Vuelta the opportunity to perform for a totally different audience.”

Fox is hoping for a good turnout.

“I’ve listened to some of Ida y Vuelta’s music online and it is very good,” Fox said.  “I think people of all ages will enjoy the concert.”   

The event is sponsored by JALC’s Diversity and Inclusion Program in cooperation with the Illinois Arts Council, Carbondale Community Arts, and Southern Illinois Culture and Arts in Bilingual Education.  For more information, contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.