In 1997, the wildly popular Buena Vista Social Club album was released to global acclaim. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians like Rubén González, Omara Portuondo, Orlando “Cachaíto” López and Ibrahim Ferrer, the project was spearheaded by bandleader and artist Juan de Marcos Gonzalez and American guitarist Ry Cooder. The album, which was part of a series of Buena Vista Social Club recordings, launched a resurgence of interest in Afro-Cuban music driven, in large part, by Gonzalez. On April 17, Gonzalez brings his Afro-Cuban All-Stars to the Kuumbwa for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.
INFO: 7 & 9 p.m. Monday, April 17. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $45/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Monday, April 10 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.