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Free Concert Recounts 150 Years of Latino History in Idaho

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 8:21 am / September 8, 2010

A free concert celebrating 150 years of Mexican/Latino history in Idaho features corridos, traditional folk ballads once used to spread the news or pass on history. The concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Boise State Special Events Center. It is sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Board.

While the event is free, tickets must be picked up in advance at the Boise State Cultural Center or at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa or the Mexican Consulate and KWEI radio station in Boise.

This unique concert features local musicians from Idaho and Washington under the direction of Tejano artist Juan Manuel Barco. The musicians wrote their corridos from the histories of Mexican and Mexican Americans involved in Idaho’s history.

Topics include the shooting of Pedro Rodriguez and the Pocatello-based Mexican railroad workers who built and maintained Idaho’s railroads in the first half of the 20th century. The concert also features traditional Mexican dancers under the direction of Norma Pintar.

Additional sponsors include the Consulate of Mexico in Boise, Mujeres Unidas de Idaho and Dulce/Sweet Events.