April 18, 2020
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
CANCELLED: Legendary Tejano musician Juan Manuel Barco to appear at Everett Public Library
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Take a musical road trip with Juan Manuel Barco, following the harvest through the Midwest, and to Arizona and California in the 1950s.
“Tejano” refers to Texans of Hispanic descent. Barco’s program recreates in song and story his Tejano family’s yearly trips following the harvests northward from Texas through the Midwest and to Arizona and California. The program includes Barco singing original songs he composed about the love, loss and struggles of his family, but also includes snippets of songs the family might hear on the radio of their 1941 Chevy as they followed their route.
Barco, now of Brier, was born on July 8, 1944 in Coal Mine, Texas, about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. At an early age he taught himself to play guitar and Bajo Sexto, a resonant 12-string guitar, now a staple of Tejano music. In 1965, Barco was drafted and ordered by the Army to the Yakima Firing Center. He honed his musical skills in venues around Yakima and Sunnyside, exploring a variety of musical genres in addition to Tejano/Norteno music: traditional Mexican music, Salsa, South American music and American Blues. He has lived in Washington state ever since, retiring from the Department of Social and Health Services in 2005.
Senor Barco is a celebrated songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by many artists. His song “Don Luis El Tejano” is sometimes called the Texas Tejano Farmworker’s State Anthem. In 2013, Barco was inducted into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S Music Hall of Fame, joining such Tejano stars as Flaco Jimenez, Selena, and Freddy Fender.
Come, take a musical road trip with a legendary Tejano musician at the top of his game!