The Hummingbird Music Project is a cultural exchange program between the Southern Appalachian Mountain area of the United States which is home to rural coal towns and the Michoacan Mountain area of Mexico, which is home to many indigenous Indian communities. It is a cultural music exchange between American musicians playing traditional Appalachian music and Mexican musicians playing traditional Mexican music. The purpose is to unite these musicians and mix the music of the two cultures together through a multi-national concert event.

The Hummingbird International Music Festival has been born from this cultural exchange and will be a four day event featuring three American bands and three local Purepecha orchestras in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacon, Mexico. This will be history in the making as musical moments will occur when these musicians play alongside each other sharing and influencing one another. Then to fulfill the cultural exchange objective, another concert event, Taco de Mayo, will take place in the United States in the Tri-Cities area in Southwestern Virginia, utilizing the same performers as the Mexican version.

Both of these music events that make up this multi-national music festival will be captured in a documentary being filmed to showcase this cultural exchange. One focus of this documentary will be the universality of music as a means of communicating even between people who speak different languages and the second focus will be about the common values of people in two different cultural communities.

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After two years in Mexico, the Hummingbird International Music Festival is coming to the the United States. You can now purchase tickets to Taco de Mayo, which is the American version of the festival to be held in the Bristol area in June 2019.
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The American bands performing with the local Purepecha orchestras will be Bill and the Belles, Fireside Collective and the ETSU Old Time Ramblers. Some great musical moments will occur as the musicians collaborate and influence each other.
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The Hummingbird International Music Festival is uniting three American bands with three Mexican orchestras in a multi-national concert event. The Mexican version will be in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan and the American version, Taco de Mayo, will be in the Tri-Cities area in Southwestern Virginia.
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Hummingbird Music Project
260 W Main Street
Abingdon, Virginia, 24210
Phone: 276-623-0037