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Mérida is set to host the second edition of its Resonancias Yucatán Jazz festival.

The event will take place Nov. 26-29 at several Centro venues including el Palacio de la Música and the Teatro José Peón Contreras.

Access to all performances will be free to the public thanks to Mexico’s department of culture. 

Headlining the event are two of Mexico City’s most acclaimed jazz ensembles, including the Alex Mercado band and American guitarist Todd Clouser, who is known for his folk-infused style. 

Local musicians will also be taking the stage, including Alberto Palomo’s Tunkul which fuses jazz with pre-Hispanic influences.

The jazz festival will also include a series of masterclasses and workshops at Yucatán’s ESAY art college. The full program can be found on the Resonancias Yucatán Jazz Festival website.  

Earlier: Live music is back at Yucatán’s restaurants and bars

The event was announced on the heels of news that Yucatán declared itself under “green” alert for COVID-19.

But full-capacity concerts and shows will not be allowed until Jan. 24, meaning that the jazz festival will most likely be held at a reduced capacity with social distancing protocols. 

The first edition of the jazz festival was held in 2019 but was canceled in 2020 due to safety concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

“Though Yucatán is not particularly known for jazz, we think everyone will love what we have in store,” said event director Samuel Rafinesque.

Organizers also noted that they hope that by next year it will be possible to make the festival even bigger and bring some of the events to other communities such as Valladolid and Izamal. 

The nearby Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is also in the works. It will be held Nov. 25-27 in Playa del Carmen.

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