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Mercedes Escobar from Guatemala at Bossa Bistro
August 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bossa Bisto Supper Club Series presents Mercedes Escobar from Guatemala.
8PM $5-$10 suggested donation.
Mercedes Escobar was born in Guatemala City in April 1988. She began playing the accordion at age 6. At 13 she moved on to playing the guitar and she taught herself to sing. A friend of the family heard her sing, and he introduced her to music she had never been exposed to before; from Jimmy Hendrix to Son House, from ABBA to the Mamas and the Papas, and then she went through different influences, until she reached into the blues, where she has absorbed Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Hank Williams, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and other old blues, country and folk influences from the first half of the 1900s. In spite of the resistance against the blues genre in Guatemala, Mercedes kept on playing blues and folk, thus creating her own personality, which earned her the title of “the blues pilgrim” by the Guatemalan press. Even though she’s since taken on other genres such as country, americana, old jazz and Latin boleros, in her own words, she is “not planning to give up on playing the blues anytime soon”. At age 18, Mercedes moved to Norway and when she returned to Guatemala, she moved to Antigua Guatemala. This is where she currently resides.