Levitt AMP Music Series: Appalatin | Big Maracas
Sep 07, 2018 - Friday / Share

Appalatin fuses foot-stomping Appalachian folk with high-energy Latin rhythms to create a genre-bending sound that is sure to make you dance.

The Levitt AMP Berea Music Series is a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children’s activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

For more information and to learn how to get involved, go to firstfridayberea.com.

Location: Artisan Village
Address: Artist Circle
Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Comprised of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, Appalatin reflects the unexpected intersection they represent. The quintet’s eclectic songs incorporate instruments from both Appalachia and Latin America, including guitar, mandolin, upright bass, charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and dynamic vocal harmonies. The result is a seamless amalgamation of joyous folk music. Appalatin performs a combination of original songs and interpretations of traditional songs, integrating bilingual shifts in language and style throughout their catalog to create authentically global music that is bound to touch the heart of audience members of all backgrounds.

In 2014, Appalatin was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy and was featured in the Emmy-nominated, PBS-affiliate documentary series “Kentucky Muse.” They have delighted audiences across the nation with memorable performances at the RiverRoots Music Festival in Madison, Ind., Ohio’s CityFolk Festival in Dayton, the Dalai Lama’s 2013 Public Talk in Louisville, Ky. (for a crowd of 10,000+ people!), Levitt AMP Middlesboro (2015), and are slated to thrill Levitt AMP Whitesburg audiences later this summer (6/14). To date, Appalatin has shared the stage with acclaimed acts like Red Baraat, Sam Bush, and Claire Lynch and has been featured on-air during Jonathon’s Woodsong’s “Old-Time Radio Hour,” Red Barn Radio and West Virginia Public Radio’s “Inside Appalachia.”


Big Maracas

Big Maracas: Local Latino rhythms fronted by Venezuelan ex-patriot Enrique Gonzales. The Maracas delve into many branches of Latin and Tropical music, being particularly fond of the great Cuban traditions and Brazilian samba, but that’s only the beginning.

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