A Taste of Music in the Pioneer Valley's Puerto Rican Community

To anyone unfamiliar with the Pioneer Valley (and this includes many college students here), it might seem out of place that Puerto Rican folk music could thrive in the area. But it does, and the large Puerto Rican populations spanning from Hartford to Holyoke support many local musicians playing traditional melodies. Victor Rios, shown in our documentary below, made his living for years playing Puerto Rican music as a full-time musician in the Valley.

Situating Puerto Rican music in the Valley

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Saturday, 11/14/2009, at 6:48 PM

The Hidden Puerto Rican Musicians of the Pioneer Valley

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Friday, 11/13/2009, at 12:49 AM

Two Histories: Migration and the Cuatro

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Friday, 10/30/2009, at 2:02 PM

Jibaro Exploration

Submitted by Ashley N. Soto on Thursday, 9/24/2009, at 10:29 PM

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

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Thursday, 9/24/2009, at 9:45 AM

Before I jumped in, Ashley already made contact with the family who’s jíbaro music she identified from the ‘net.