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Fandango on 18th Street

by Sones de Mexico Ensemble

An all-acoustic, all-danceable 'fandango' dance fiesta featuring various, authentic Mexican folk music styles played with original instruments and energy to boot.
Genre: Latin: General
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  Song Share Time Download
1. El Butaquito
3:56 $0.99
2. A Mi Nacion Mexicana
3:51 $0.99
3. Huapangos
6:45 $0.99
4. Gustos
6:14 $0.99
5. Polkas
7:49 $0.99
6. Boleros
6:14 $0.99
7. Tributo a Buck Owens
4:45 $0.99
8. Tres Veces Heroica
5:02 $0.99
9. Chun Chacas
7:37 $0.99
10. Mariachi
14:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Audiences who bought Sones de Mexico Ensemble's GRAMMY® Nominated CD "Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land)" are discovering the band's lesser-known previous albums, including "Fandango on 18th Street," and finding great material in it too.

In some parts of Mexico, a fandango is a fiesta where "son" (Mexico's regional folk music) is played and danced by everyone into the night and on until sunrise. "Fandango on 18th Street" was recorded over a four year period by Chicago's Sones de México Ensemble. As originally conceived, all songs on the album needed to be danceable and present listeners with several styles of Mexico's broad range of traditional music and dance, and then some.

"Fandango on 18th Street" is is named after the main street that runs through Pilsen, one of Chicago's well-known Mexican neighborhoods. The album represents a idyllic fandango that takes place at a crossroads of many immigrant cultures and brings together many of the band's friends to represent a thriving Mexican culture in a multicultural world.

The CD is an all-acoustic smorgasboard of authentic Mexican music featuring dozens of unique musical instruments, infectious rhythms that anyone can dance to, and a parade of noted muscal guests including Guillermo Velázquez, Grupo Mono Blanco, David Haro, John Rice, Everardo Rey, a brass quintet led by John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others.

The core band on this 2002 Sones de México Ensemble recording was Victor Pichardo (music director), Juan Díes (producer), René Cardoza, Raúl Fernández, Renato Cerón, and Gonzalo Cordova. The album was recorded on the now defunct Alien Soundscapes studios owned by Chris Greene on 18th Street, Chicago.



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Fandango on 18th Street
I first learned about Sones de Mexico on NPR when they were up for a Grammy and now I'm a fan! This CD is pure joy with every song a complete delight. I'm hoping the group goes on tour and makes a stop in Boston -- Chicago needs to share its talent!


Great Fun

Teri M.

Very happy to hear Sones are alive and well!
My father has been a Mariachi for seventy years. I gave him the CD for Xmas and he thought it was very good. I think that says it all!

Teresa Djedjro

SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE: Fandango on 18th Street
Everyone should have this in their collection!


I love the diversity of music played by these artists
Polka, Mariachi, Bakersfield sound all in one CD - what more could you want? The quality is great, the production values are professional.


Fandango on 18th Street
Heard about them on Morning Edition (NPR) and had to try Sones de Mexico Ensemble out. Glad I did and now I am a fan. Just wish they would appear nearer to us here in Western New York.


I've been waiting to order this CD for a long time and am finally glad I have it. Very enjoyable.


sparkles with alma viva, love the guest performers' influence
These rhythms wake your body and your heart. The interplay of the guest performers and Sones keeps each selection authentic and updates the musica indigena with a hint of urban class. Excellent album. I wanted to hear just a tad more percussion.


I saw Sones De Mexico perform in Chicago and they were amazing! Not only did they sound incredible live but their CD it top notch. I look forward to seeing them perform around Chicago this summer. I just wish they can update their website with current information.


beautiful music: joyful and rhythmic
Fandango on 18th Street is phenomenal. It cheers me up as I drive around the congested city; I am a better driver thanks to this CD. Chun-Chacas (song #9)transports me to a festive paradise. Thank you!
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