A Latin-based group of musicians who perform a combination of salsa, merengue, bachata, hip hop and reggaeton, has emerged from Jamestown.
Jose Sanchez, Jamestown native of Puerto Rican descent who studied at Jamestown High School and is a graduate of University of Kentucky, has formed a group of Latin musicians called Cariduro Music. The group features J.Sanchez, "El Envidiado"; "JaySlow"; "Jowy"; Ronny, "El Jefe"; and Jaime "El Padrino." The group has performed at several locations, including Rock'n Rick's in Limestone and The Pyramid Inn in Killbuck. The group will return to The Pyramid Inn Saturday for a live performance during Pow Wow Weekend.
"The native Americans do a big show that celebrates their culture, and everything in town will be closed except that location," said Sanchez. "We'll have local, unsigned artists from Dunkirk, Salamanca, Olean and around Western New York."
Members and fans of Cariduro Music, a Jamestown-based Latin music group, are shown.
The event will feature live performances by several groups of musicians who will cover a variety of genres, including native American rap, hip hop and reggaeton. Headlining the show is Pipes Dirty, facebook.com/pipezdirty, a Salamanca-based native American rapper. It will also include JBM and Willie Franchise, Jonny Nova and Lexis the High Tone and DJ Pito, which are from Dunkirk. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Cariduro Music will take the stage around 12:30 p.m. Admission to the show is $5, and the event is for those age 18 and up. The Pyramid Inn is located on Route 417 in Killbuck.
According to Sanchez, the term 'cariduro' is used to describe the native people of Puerto Rico from the city of Fajardo.
"We're five local, unsigned artists who like reggaeton music, and are from Puerto Rico," said Sanchez. "We all had a rough childhood, and because we all had problems growing up music has changed our lives. Since we formed the group it has been working really great, and we have a lot of local support."
The group primarily focuses on reggaeton, which is a Latin-inspired form of reggae, but it also performs salsa, merengue, bachata and hip hop.
"A lot of our music is stuff you can dance to," said Sanchez. "Reggaeton is close enough to hip hop that you basically dance to it the same way. It gives people who don't know the style the opportunity to follow our steps and learn something from it."
Because the group is unsigned, Sanchez said they are able to focus on doing it for themselves and their fans, and not be pushed to do things they don't want to.
"My family is probably the biggest family Latino-wise in the Jamestown area, so when we do shows we all unite to have fun - it's a blast," said Sanchez.
According to Sanchez, the group keeps their performance relatively clean, with the exception of occasional graphic language. Cariduro Music is currently trying to find venues in and around Jamestown to perform. Those interested in booking the band can contact Sanchez by adding him as a friend on Facebook. In addition to live venue performances, the group also hosts private parties, such as the traditional 'Sweet 15' party the group will host in Allentown, Pa.
Sanchez lives in Jamestown with his wife Yesenia and their three children. He works for Shepherd Acres Inc. in Mayville as a property management supervisor.
Cariduro Music's tunes can be streamed or downloaded for free at www.soundcloud.com/cariduro-music. For more information search for "Cariduro Music Promotions" on Facebook.