"Dr. Loco" and ZUMIX
Jose Cuellar, PhD., a.k.a. "Dr. Loco," is an entertainer, educator, musician, and anthropologist. As founder of critically acclaimed Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno Band, and professor emeritus of Latina/Latino Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, he is uniquely qualified to host a fun and informative evening of Latino and Latino-influenced music.
"Dr. Loco" will collaborate with young musicians from ZUMIX, East Boston's award-winning program for young people, in an exploration of the musical impact of the Latino diaspora in the U.S. Recently, Michelle Obama presented ZUMIX with a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents a performance by "Dr. Loco" and ZUMIX on Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St.), followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.
"You'll hear some favorites and some surprises, including some original compositions in the Latin tradition by ZUMIX musicians," says Dr. Cuellar. "This is a marvelous opportunity to share Latino culture and music with the community, while showcasing these exceptional young ZUMIX performers. It's going to be very exciting."
Dr. Cuellar is the Peabody Museum's 2012 Hrdy Fellow and an affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. As the Hrdy Fellow, he is in residence at Harvard for spring 2012, researching and recording Native American instruments in the Peabody Museum collection, and "curating" three events for the Peabody: a family program Fabulous Flutes, Marvelous Music, Music of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and this program.