Maya writes: Dear Cosmos, Every time I turn around, even when I’m not chasing my tail, I hear something about Food Truck Friday. Now I hear it’s been extended. Any kind of food sounds great to me. Why should my pack make a point of going to a Food Truck Friday?
Cosmos: Ironically, you could stop chasing your tail looking for a decent meal if you just came out to a Food Truck Friday event and sniffed for yourself. While food certainly gets, and deserves, top-dog billing at an event entitled Food Truck Friday, there is so much more to dig about these festive evenings in the Park, including free entertainment. In fact, speaking of top-dog billing, one of the most dynamic groups ever to hit the Plaza is performing at the August 19 event.
This Friday, thanks to a generous donation by our local Kiwanis Club, the Latin fusion music ensemble Jarabe Mexicano is the evening’s featured performer. Don’t get me wrong, Food Truck Friday has featured a lot of outstanding talent over the past two months. But it hasn’t presented a musical group as polished, energetic, and crowd-pleasing as this — the very reason the Kiwanis Club stepped up and made it possible!
Based in San Diego, and in-demand on both sides of the border, Jarabe Mexicano is a breed apart when it comes to blending various regional Mexican styles. Their vast repertoire includes traditional Boleros, Huapangos, Sones, and Rancheras as well as more contemporary genres, such as Mexican Cumbia, Doo Wop, Reggae, and Rock.
The ensemble’s members — lead vocalist Gustavo Alcoser, Mario Eguía on requinto, Kevin Lomes on vihuela, Alejandro Tapia on percussion and guitar, and bassist Oskar Beckmann — are artists as well as trained music educators. Like the Kiwanis Club, they have established strong ties to the local community, supporting public school arts programs throughout San Diego.
Bottom line: if you go to one Food Truck Friday this year, make it this one!