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See charro show at county fair

Katie DruckerEagle CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado After dazzling the crowd at the Atlanta Olympics and entertaining seven world leaders, Jerry Diaz will bring his charro show and all its pizzazz to Eagle on Sunday for Fiesta Eagle County. I am delighted to be able to bring the horses and my family to perform in Eagle, says Diaz. The show will be an exhibition of dancing horses, traditional music, rope artistry and all in Mexican fiesta flare, continues Diaz. Charros are skilled Mexican horseman whose traditions date back to the 17th century and whose customs, dress, music and equestrian skills were later borrowed by the American cowboy.Diaz, a fourth-generation charro, his wife, Staci, and his four-and-a-half- year-old son, Nicholas, will mount their horses and together and rhythmically twirl to mariachi, traditional Mexican music, played by the distinguished Mariachi Los Galleros band. Mariachi Los Galleros resume is quite regal.In May the band provided the ceremonial music at Jenna Bushs wedding. In June they accompanied opera singer Placido Domingo at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. They also have played with numerous well-known Mexican musicians. Here at the Eagle County Fair, the band will invigorate the atmosphere during the charro show, as they have done for about twenty years. The ensemble includes violin, guitar, trumpet, base and rhythmic guitar.We will play a lively style of music, says Miguel Guzman, Los Galleros musical director. Without music there cant be a show. Synchronized to the music, Diaz and his family will maneuver the horses to lay down, walk sideways and backwards.They float across the arena to the music, explains Kasie Luna, a singer in the show. It is something you never get tired of seeing. Luna, an up-and-coming recording artist, will add to the shows musical rendition. When her horse trots out with Luna sitting sidesaddle, she will no doubt stop the show, dressed in traditional garb including a gold embroidered jacket.I will sing traditional Mexican songs that people already know, like Tu Solo Tu, but will try to keep it fresh, notes Luna. Luna notes that not many woman share her talent for riding horseback while singing.People stand up, stare and hold their hands over their hearts because they cant believe a woman is singing and riding, says Luna. The charro show not only demonstrates traditional Mexican music and dancing on horseback but Jerry Diaz will display his individual, artistic roping style. As he swirls his rope, he majestically draws patterns in the air. The show celebrates both Mexican and American pageantry.This is done as it would be performed south of the border, explains Diaz. For those who have never experienced such a charro extravaganza, there will be an announcer present giving a play-by-play in both Spanish and English.We want the crowd to take away our family tradition and art that has not been lost. But it is most important that people have fun and see something unique, says Diaz.

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