NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Latin Lumberjacks ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an outdoor concert from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the plaza outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

The Latin Lumberjacks is comprised of members of the Sound Recording Technology program within the SFA School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, music faculty member, the group will perform a variety of popular songs in salsa style.

Cinco de Mayo, also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, is celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States as the date in 1862 of the Mexican army's victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War.

The Cinco de Mayo program will feature colorful, happy salsa sounds that highlight the powerful rhythms of cha-cha-cha, bolero, guaguancó, son montuno, bachata and others performed with congas, bongos, maracas, claves and other Latin music instruments.

A tribute to Michael Jackson is a highlight of the musical celebration, according to Lazareno.

"Bring your dancing shoes," Lazareno advised those who plan to attend.

The concert is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit