Berea’s Old Town Artisan Village this weekend featured a blend of Appalachian folk and Latin American music.
The band Appalatin played the Levitt Amp Berea Music Series Friday night. The southern Madison County town is one of three in Kentucky to benefit from a Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation grant.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Appalatin guitarist Yani Vozos. He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1995. “Appalachian traditional music, when you get down to the bare bones, like it’s really similar to a lot of Mexican and Columbian styles of music,” said Vozos.
Vozos got a full taste of Latin rhythms during his time in the Peace Corps in Honduras. Now it’s a big part of his musical life with the blending of styles found in Appalatin. He believes this music, like many forms of music, can bring people together. “So many ways that we can, kind of, be divided. So many ways that we cannot see eye to eye, but while music has such a healing property. It can really change your mood. It can change your whole day,” said Vozos.
Thanks to WEKU's Wendy Barnett for recording the music and interview for this story.