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You might not know it living in D.C., but the top-selling Latin music genre in the U.S. isn’t salsa or reggaeton; it’s traditional-rooted Mexican dance sounds created by musicians who favor cowboy hats and matching shirts with floral trim. Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense, one of many Chicago-based bands formed by Mexican immigrants, perform bouncy tunes inspired by the Durango region of Mexico—perfect for hitting the dance floor with a cowboy boot-shod hombre or chica. Alfredo Ramírez Corral and Ismael Mijarez formed Los Creadorez in 2006 as an offshoot of the pioneering ensemble they started a decade earlier, Grupo Montez de Durango. Guitar, keys, trombone, and sax guide the Duranguese-style polka, norteño, ranchera, and cumbia rhythms employed in songs about losing and finding love. And while bandmembers may dress like they’re still back in Durango, Los Creadorez’s videos—filled with guys wooing girls in front of a backdrop of SUVs and shopping malls—no doubt speak to Mexicans living on both sides of the border.
LOS CREADOREZ PERFORMS WITH GROUPO LEGA2 AT 9 P.M. AT EAST COAST, 13989 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY, WOODBRIDGE. CALL FOR PRICE. (703) 490-5504.