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Día de los Muertos
Producer: Todd Jarrell
Genre: Music Special
Premiere Date: October 28, 2022 on PBS

The celebration of Dia de los Muertos has become a globally recognized Mexican cultural symbol, a much-anticipated and grandly celebrated holiday in Latino neighborhoods across the United States and by people of Mexican heritage nearly everywhere.

Traditionally observed on the first two days of November, Dia de los Muertos sees families and friends of loved ones who have died pay respect with colorful, memorial  gatherings often taking the air of a joyful celebration rather than of mourning for the departed.

On October 28th, PBS will present a musical celebration in honor of these two important days on the Latino calendar. This dedicated Day of the Dead event was taped before a live audience deep within the unique and beautiful “underworld” of The  Caverns, a subterranean amphitheater in Middle Tennessee.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Special Guests for PBS are:

LOS LOBOS with their driving GRAMMY-winning amalgamation of rock and  roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños

OZOMATLI also from Los Angeles bringing the evening’s energy up with their spectrum mash-up of salsa, jazz, funk, reggae and rap

FLOR DE TOLOACHE, the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning, New York-based, all-female group mixing old-style Mariachi with a contemporary flair.

Scores of neighbors representing Tennessee’s Latino communities flooded the concert in the cave dressed in skeleton make-up with costumes designed to reflect the day’s celebration, all organized by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights  Coalition. “As a multi-generational, multi-cultural immigrant and refugee rights organization in  the south, we are overjoyed and honored to be bringing our Mexican and  Guatemalan communities together to celebrate the traditions that originated in our  indigenous Aztec lands,” says Lisa Sherman Luna, TIRRC’s Executive Director.

Intermixed in this PBS special program will be short video vignettes produced by San  Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor on the meaning and the iconic  images of Dia de los Muertos.

A truly exciting music-cultural celebration, ¡DIA DE LOS MUERTOS! is produced for  PBS by Todd Jarrell (The Caverns Sessions (fka Bluegrass Underground), Nitty  Gritty Dirt Band 50th Anniversary, Havana Time Machine, Rock My Soul, Songwriting  With Soldiers, and more).

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