CostasCostas is a musical collective playing music from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia and Ecuador. Costas is driven by on-the-ground experience of the rich African heritage of the regions as well as the influence of Indigenous and European peoples. Using traditional instruments including the marimba, Afro-Colombian drums (cununos, alegres, bombos) and flutes of indigenous origins (gaitas), the group brings the flavor of participatory and virtuosic rural celebratory music to central Illinois, playing traditional cumbia, currulao, gaita, bullerengue and tambora.

Supported in part by a City of Urbana Arts Grant.

Friday, November 1st, 9:00pm-10:15pm
Free (grant supported)

Day of the Dead Workshop, with Los Condenados Huastecos

Los Condenados HuastecosIn the Mexican Huasteca and Sierra Gorda regions, it is custom for huapango huasteco and huapango arribeño ensembles to perform the vinuete at vigils for patron saints and funeral wakes. In commemoration of el día de los muertos, this performance and brief discussion explore the musicality and spiritual aesthetic of this tradition where religion, death, and a unique syncretism of indigenous and Spanish cultural influences come together.

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Friday, November 1st, 3:30-4:30pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium


Los Guapos

Los GuaposLos Guapos is a three piece band from Champaign, Illinois that combines rhythmic and melodic elements from Afro-Cuban, chicha, surf, jazz, salsa, and dub music to create a laid back sound that will get you where you need to be.



Friday, November 2nd, 7:30pm-8:45pm
Wristband or cover

Los Condenados Huastecos

Los Condenados HuastecosLos Condenados Huastecos (the condemned huastecos) are a Chicago-based trio that specializes in the son huasteco music of Mexico’s central gulf coast region. A variant of Mexican son-one of the country’s most emblematic traditional music-types-the huasteco style is distinguished by its virtuosic fiddle playing, canorous falsetto singing, and poetic improvisation. With parallel interests in bridging grassroots connections between the arts and local Latina/o communities, Los Condenados Huastecos have performed at cultural and educational events in the Chicago area, northern Indiana, and central Illinois. The group’s members include Alex Chávez (guitarra quinta huapanguera), Carlos García (jarana), and Juan Rivera (violin) of Latin Grammy Award-nominated Sones de México.

Friday, November 1st, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Independent Media Center
Wristband or cover