Sierra Meadows concert set for July 17

The sounds of Spanish guitars blended with Latin percussion will be heard at 7 p.m., July 17, in the tent pavilion at Sierra Meadows - the first of several concerts planned for this summer.

For 10 years, the San Diego group Cerro Negro has been perfecting its gypsy-influenced, acoustic sound, blending flamenco, Brazilian, and jazz guitar techniques with Latin, African, and Middle-Eastern percussion.

The group consists of lead guitarist Dusty Brough, rhythm guitarist Frank Giordano, and percussionist/lead vocalist John Martin III. Brough grew up in Coarsegold’s Yosemite Lakes Park.

Brough is an exciting young guitarist who is captivating audiences with his virtuosity. Giordano plays both Flamenco guitar and piano switching up the group’s instrumentation throughout the performance.

Martin has two bachelor’s degrees in music and performs on his custom percussion setup which includes instruments from around the world.

The biggest ingredient in the group’s fusion sound is based on the sounds of Flamenco. The roots of Flamenco have many sources from across the gypsy migration from India to Africa and Europe. Andalucia, the southern most region of Spain, is the birthplace of Flamenco.

Cerro Negro has performed throughout the United States from Boston to Hawaii, and in a myriad of different venues ranging from cultural centers and universities, to regional festivals and concert halls.

The group will play two sets at Sierra Meadows with a brief intermission.

Special guest for the evening will be mandolin player Eva Scow.

“When I first saw Cerro Negro I was blown away by their incredible musicianship and how seamlessly they play together,” Reid Spice of Sierra Meadows said. “Even Eva Scow, who is a special guest on the mandolin, plays as though she’s been with the group for years. Even if you think you’re not interested in flamenco music, I urge you to check these guys out.

“Cerro Negro’s passionate sound will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes because of its unique guitar techniques, exotic percussion and emotional vocals,” Spice continued. “These guys are incredible.”

Food, available at 6 p.m., will be provided by Dawn Pliche, owner of Willow Creek Catering, along with beer and wine. Food will include Cajun chicken rice bowls, chicken wraps, Thai shrimp rice bowls, garden salads, and Cesar salads with homemade dressing.

“Cerro Negro plus delicious food from Willow Creek Catering will provide the perfect warm weather combo to kick off our summer concert series,” Spice said.

Concerts tickets cost $6 online, and will be $12 at the gate. Online tickets can be purchased at

Staff Report