04 May LA PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES & YAMBU PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE CUBAN-AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
FESTIVAL RETURNS AFTER THREE-YEAR ABSENCE TO CELEBRATE
RICH CUBAN HERITAGE
Featuring performances by Arsenio Rodriguez Project, Changui Majadero, Rumbankete, and Former Los Van Van Singer Yeni Valdes with Charanga Cubana
Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA – May, 2017. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in conjunction with Yambu Productions has designated June 4, 2017 for the return of the Cuban-American Music Festival after a three-year absence. The festival will be a regional destination event that features four musical acts, dancing, local Cuban artists, Cuban Food and drinks. The festival will take place at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown LA from noon to 8 p.m.
In keeping with LA Plaza’s mission of promoting Latin culture, the Cuban American Music Festival will highlight traditional Cuban culture with music, art, dance and culinary delicacies. The Festival will showcase five top Cuban music acts to delight the senses: Yeni Valdes, former singer of the supergroup Los Van Van.This will be Yeni Valdes’ first Los Angeles appearance since her departure from Los Van Van.
The festival will also have LA’s finest Cuban bands: Charanga Cubana, Changui Majadero, Rumbankete, and the Arsenio Rodriguez Project. The festival will not only bring the Cuban-American community together but introduce Angelenos to the vast and rich heritage of the Cuban culture.
About the Bands:
The Arsenio Rodriguez Project
The Arsenio Rodriguez Project, is an All- Star Ensemble of LA’s top musicians, who pay tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez, known as “the father of salsa”. The Ensemble formed in 2011 to celebrate Arsenio’s life and legacy, present the original arrangements of the man credited as one of the greatest Afro-Cuban music bandleaders, composers and innovators.
Charanga Cubana, a traditional Cuban music group was founded in Los Angeles in 1996 by Cuban bass player Edgar Hernandez. The orchestra has participated in many of LA’s local Cuban cultural events, as well as, nightclubs in Southern California. Charanga Cubana has released three compact discs, played at Carnaval de la Calle Ocho in Miami, and played at Fiesta Broadway in L.A.
Changüí Majadero is a music collective dedicated to performing and preserving the works based on the roots of musical traditions from Guantanamo, Cuba with a contemporary touch. With its traditional Caribbean folk rhythm and melody from Guantanamo, Changüí Majadero attracts people to dance and celebrate life.
Rumbankete is the only musical force currently performing contemporary Cuban dance music (timba) in Los Angeles. The band plays in various formats but prefers to perform with its full 12-piece line-up. Its front line includes singers Gonzalo Chomat (ex Conexión Salsera) and Iris Sandra Zepeda (ex Arte Mixto), both consummate musicians from Cuba who have made LA their home.
Yeni Valdes, born and raised in Pinar Del Rio, was the first and only female vocalist of Los Van Van, longest running, most famous Timba band of Cuba. She started her career with NG La Banda, impressing audiences with her intense vocals and embellished extended improvisations. She was known for improvising up to 20 minutes on stage, engaging the crowd with her vocal prowess and stage presence.
With Los Van Van, she broke the glass ceiling for women singers, exhibiting the power behind Cuban women, provoking ecstasy and joy among fans and critics alike. Now living in San Francisco with her husband, she travels the world singing solo.
ABOUT LA PLAZA: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture offering interactive exhibits and dynamic programs engaging visitors of all backgrounds to explore and contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s mission is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican American culture, with a specific focus on the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Event: Cuban-American Music Festival
Place: La Plaza de la Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: Doors open at 11:00 AM.
Festival from 12 pm – 8 pm
Ticket Information: General Admission $20 – VIP, $40
More Information: www.cubanamericanmusicfestival.net