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FRONT PAGE - PRIMERA PLANA
Cubans To Come To Chicago's Festival Cubano
Headliners To Include Pedrito Calvo and Miguelito Cuni Jr.
Now that Miami practically has a commuter culture of bands from Cuba coming up to play festivals and concerts without serious incidents, cultural events in cities like Chicago have been long overdue to catch up. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to share the news from today's press conference held by the organizers of Chicago's Festival Cubano at the 90 Miles Cafe: the performance lineup for the final day of the festival will include Pedrito Calvo and Miguelito Cuni Jr. Pedrito sang for years with Los Van Van before starting his own band, La Nueva Justicia , As for Miguelito Cuni Jr ., he has been performing with Conjunto Chappottin.
The lineup also includes José Alberto "El Canario" . It would have been even better to see him with Septeto Santiaguero , with whom he recently released No Quiero Llanto , but it is still nice to see him on the bill.
Congratulations to Festival Cubano for finally crossing the bridge. I'm already looking forward to next year when the conversations will progress to which are the most worthy acts from Cuba rather than whether it''s time to start bringing some. In the meantime, I look forward to Pedrito and Miguelito.
This is the sixth edition of Festival Cubano, and advance discounted tickets are now available at
You can see some pictures from the press conference in the Report From Chicago entry for July 23.
Tiempo Libre: Back (with a k) to Havana
Also: Miguel Zenón in Chicago This Week
OK, so Tiempo Libre didn't go back to Havana physically, but musically, their new recording, Panamericano, which will be released June 30, for the most part recaptures the feel of that wonderfully rowdy Timba band we all first met a decade ago. As a lead-up to the CD release, they have rolled out two videos. Here's the first one:
To see the second one, go to my sneak preview of Panamericano, which you can read here.
Tiempo Libre has some key tour dates coming up in July:
July 9-10: Subrosa, NYC
July 12: Square Roots Festival, Chicago
July 19-30: tour of Spain incl. Festival de Segovia
August 13, 2015: Pershing Square, LA
October 10-November 15: Winnestad Theatre, Portland, OR*
* This is a five week run of a new musical, Cuba Libre.
November 19-25: Tour of UK including London Jazz Festival
Miguel Zenón at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Thursday, July 25-Sunday, July 28
No, it's not Cuban music, but it is some truly fascinating Latin Jazz happening in the US right now, so I'm going to cheat and sneak it in here. Mr. Zenón brings his quartet to this four-night stand (two shows nightly plus a matinee on Sunday), which includes himself on sax, Henry Cole on drums, Luis Perdomo on Piano and Hans Glawischnig on bass. These guys are deep. You can read my review of his last recording, Identities are Changeable, here.
Pedrito Martínez in the Area
Sunday at SF Jazz - Monday at Kuumbwa
Pacific Mambo Orchestra + Sheila E, Marlow Rosado & Salsamania
Happy Father's Day - Feliz Día de los Padres
June 21 FREE CONCERT AT STERN GROVE PARK
Is there a better way celebrate this upcoming Father's Day, Sunday June 21? I don't think so. The Stern Grove Festival continues its series of FREE concerts with the home team PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA plus special guests Sheila E, Marlow Rosado and the Salsamania Dance Company.
Concert starts at 2pm. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot. Be prepareed to arrive extra early if you need to grab a parking space. Bring your sunscreen, plenty of water and chairs. Capacity is 10,000 people.
¿Hay una mejor manera de celebrar este Día de los Padres, domingo 21 de junio? No lo creo. El Festival Stern Grove continúa su serie de conciertos GRATUITOS con el equipo natal la PACIFICO MAMBO ORCHESTRA más invitados especiales Sheila E, Marlow Rosado y el grupo de baile Salsamania.
El concierto comienza a las 2 de la tarde. Asegúrense de llegar temprano para conseguir un buen lugar para poner sus sillas. Estén preparados para llegar más temprano si necesitan estacionarse. No se olviden de traer su sombrero, agua y lociones para portegerse del sol. La capacidad es de 10,000 personas.