Situating Puerto Rican music in the Valley
The Hidden Puerto Rican Musicians of the Pioneer Valley
Two Histories: Migration and the Cuatro
Tom and I are going into the Puerto Rican community of the Pioneer Valley to explore the jibaro music that thrives in the area. The family who owns and operates Santiago's Family Restaurant in Westfield, MA also has a family jibaro-esque band "Grupo Canela" that plays there every Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow, Tom and I will be going to scope out the venue.
The state of our jíbaro exploration
Before I jumped in, Ashley already made contact with the family who’s jíbaro music she identified from the ‘net.