Santa Paula Concert Series


The Santa Paula Concert Series has been revived and will have its sixth concert of the new series, Chucumite, featuring John Robles on Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 PM at the historic Universalist Unitarian Church, a Ventura Historical County landmark, located at 740 East Main Street, Santa Paula. Parking is on the street or behind the church.

This concert will help us all celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive quartet of musicians who play ‘son jarocho’, the folk music of the southern portion of the Mexican state of Veracruz, on the Gulf coast of Mexico.   Chucumite is comprised of John Robles, who plays ‘arpa jarocha’, or Veracruz folk harp; Robert Perales, who plays ‘jarana jarocha’; Sean Hutchinson, who plays ‘leona’, a large, 4 stringed instrument plucked with a plectrum of cowhorn; and David Salais, who plays ‘requinto jarocho’, a smaller 4 string instrument, also plucked with a plectrum. Robles and Perales have been performing together for over twenty years, and are described by folklorist and son jarocho scholar Rafael Figueroa Hernandez as “exponents of son jarocho for many years, who as good creative musicians belong to the jarocho tradition but whose music, at the same time, has been influenced by that which is happening around it”.  Hutchinson joined the group in 2009, and Salais in 2015. Chucumite’s self titled CD was released in 2009 and rapidly found a warm reception among lovers of world music, and it has sold in many countries all around the the globe.

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula has been home to a number of musical events throughout its 127-year history. Admission is $20 donation at the door, from the church office during office hours, or by Paypal on the church’s website: Children 12 and under are $10; children 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula Building and Historical Fund. UUCSP is a registered Ventura County Historical Landmark. For more information, call 805-525-4647 or email


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