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In Mazatlan, Mexico, bands' field concert goes unexplained
In Mazatlan, Mexico, bands' field concert goes unexplained

Step away from the well-trod paths of sun-pinkened American and Canadian tourists here on Mexico's Pacific coast, and the real Mazatlan emerges. Down a street marked by a convenience store — what Mexican corner isn't? — there are a few modest homes, a nail parlor and, suddenly, an abandoned field. In that slightly overgrown field on a recent afternoon, there was, incongruously, a line of snare drums. Minutes later, in walked men with sousaphones. Then the clarinets. Finally the trombones. And for the next several hours, eight musical bands played to almost no one in that sun-scorched field. This resort is one of the main cities in the state of Sinaloa,...

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