Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7pm
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave · Szold Music & Dance Hall
Join Sones de Mexico Ensemble and the Irish Music School of Chicago as they explore a little-known chapter in U.S. History. With music, dance and balladry they will combine the fiddles, harps, accordions, foot tapping and voices of Irish jigs and Mexican son to tell the story. In 1846-48, during the Mexican-American War, a volunteer army formed mostly by recent Irish immigrants to the U.S. who called themselves the St. Patrick's Battalion (or Los San Patricios, in Spanish), fought alongside Mexico against the U.S. expansion and its Manifest Destiny doctrine. Mexico lost the war and large parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The Irish soldiers were hung, and become heroes in Mexico. Don't miss this entertaining and informative event that celebrates both cultures.
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.
Coming in from out of town? The Holiday Inn North Shore is a short 15 minute drive.