Music Beyond Borders ends with Mexican dance party on the Green

READY FOR TAKEOFF! Big sister prepares to launch kid sister, to the music of Mariachi Artistico at Music Beyond Borders, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier


You know an art event is successful when it leaves people wanting more.

By that measure, Tuesday’s finale of the summer Music Beyond Borders series was a smash hit.

Everyone probably still would be dancing on the Morristown Green if Mariachi Artistico (formerly known as Mariachi Citlalli) didn’t have to return to New York City after the band’s hour-long lunchtime gig.

“You made my day. I was really grumpy this morning with my grandchildren…this was delightful,” Peggy Heunemann of Randolph told trumpeter/bandleader Francisco Navarrete after a set that included bouncy renditions of Besame Mucho, the Mexican Hat Dance and La Bamba.

Video playlist by Bill Lescohier for  Click icon top right to toggle through videos:

Dr. Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts counted more than 400 people in the audience, which included students from a Spanish class in Middlesex County.

A wide span of ages was present on the dance floor, as you can see in the photos by correspondent Bill Lescohier.  Little kids appeared to have a particularly good time.

Slideshow photos by Bill Lescohier. Click/hover on images for captions:

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Siebert said she is hopeful Music Beyond Borders will return next June for its 11th season. This summer’s free concerts included the Zydeco Revelators, Colombian salsa by Armando Son Jimenez’ Grupo Sabor, and Music of Africa with Forestdance.

The series is a joint presentation of Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

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