Love Songs Take Spotlight at This Month’s ‘Noche Azul’

Azul Barrientos will perform with Aaron and George Prado at her February 17 concert, "Amorcito Corazón." (Courtesy photos)

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, singer Azul Barrientos is keeping the spirit of the day alive with her upcoming concert, Amorcito Corazón, slated for February 17 at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.

Every month since 2007, Barrientos’ Noche Azul concerts have showcased traditional Mexican music featuring a new theme with each concert, and over time, embracing all genres including boleros, rancheras, folk music, jazz and electronic music. She also uses her music as a way to make political statements and give voice to various social justice issues.

For this concert, Barrientos will be joined by two of her favorite San Antonio collaborators — pianist Aaron Prado and his father George a bassist, both are part of the Aaron Prado Sextext.

“While talking with Aaron Prado about our songs for this weekend, he mentioned ‘agape,’ the Greek term for the highest form of love,” Barrientos says. “This Saturday’s Noche Azul will focus on songs and stories that will help us frame the bigger picture of love.”

Barrientos believes that in today’s world, most celebrations of love are limited to romantic love, which is fine, but there are many more forms of love.

“There are love songs for animals, for family, for friendship, for work, for our land, for our culture, for ‘la lucha’ (the struggle), for the spirit and for the highest form of love (agape). Our Amorcito Corazón has room for a lot of love!”

Noche Azul de Esperanza: Amorcito Corazón, Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m. at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. Admission: $7. Seating is first-come, first-served. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available at San Antonio College in Lots 21, 28, 29.


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