Latin, klezmer rhythms will rock Stone Avenue Block Party

Vox Urbana (www.voxurbanatucson.com)

The Jewish History Museum and the Consulado de México en Tucson will host the fourth annual Stone Avenue Block Party, featuring live music, food trucks and local beers, on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Mexican consulate was located on Stone Avenue, across from the museum building, for more than 70 years before it moved to a larger location on Speedway Boulevard in 2015.

Two bands will play: Vox Urbana and Jerusafunk.

Vox Urbana is a seven-piece, bi-national band based in Tucson that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences from the Arizona/Sonora border region. Formed in 2010, Vox Urbana uses guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and other drums to create high-energy, danceable music that draws from a variety of musical influences including huapango (Southern Mexico), cumbia (Colombia), chicha (Peru), and cha-cha-cha (Cuba), augmented by electronic textures such as synthesizers and voice effects.

Jerusafunk (www.jerusafunk.com)

Jerusafunk, based in Phoenix, bills itself as “Arizona’s only klezploitation band.” The nine-piece ensemble, also created in 2010, blends traditional klezmer, the Jewish folk music from eastern Europe, with American funk and other world music genres such as jazz, salsa, samba, bossa nova, cumbia and Afrobeat.

“Presentations of art and culture are powerful tools that bring people together through authentic acts of expression that carry the potential to strengthen our community. We are thankful for our ongoing partnership with the Consul of Mexico in Tucson, all of our downtown partners and individual sponsors who help to make this event free and open to all,” says Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum.

The party will begin at 7 p.m., on Stone Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. For more information, call 670-9073 or visit www.jewishtucson.org/event/4th-annual-stone-avenue-block-party.