Live music highlights through mid-December--see sidebar for details:
THIS SATURDAY (12/5), Latin Project plays a holiday party for the Associación de Puertorriqueños Unidos de NC at Carmen's Cuban Cafe. Advanced tickets are cheaper and can be purchased for $15 at Havana Grill in Cary; singles pay $20 at the door. The Assoc. is collecting unwrapped holiday gifts for children in need. Latin Project equals tasty Puerto Rican salsa de la vieja escuela with members from Charlotte, Columbia, SC and the Triangle.
NEXT SATURDAY (12/12), Charanga Carolina and Orquesta GarDel share an exciting double bill. The price is right at $10, in the UNC Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Room. The party is rather daringly called "Payaya" and is a celebration of the 58th birthday on that date of Nelson Delgado, a sonero with both bands.
Charanga Carolina is UNC's Cuban music ensemble, and when I say charanga I MEAN CHARANGA--violins and cello, woodwinds heavy on the 'bones this year, with decent pianists and drumset, and a professional Latin percussion wing. The perfect formula to perform Los Van Van, whose charts they've added to the book this year.
Orquesta GarDel is the big, bad, bow wow of North Carolina salsa bands. Their bloodline is de pura cepa: Charanga Carolina alums crossed with the Triangle's nastiest rhythm badasses this side of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the DR. They speak timba, and have a terrible weakness for Eddie Palmieri. GarDel is a filament whose pulsing energy source is the clave.
Vaya, Papaya! Salsa dancers, are you ready for the juicy fruit of folclor? Seriously, if you don't go to this one you are soft in the head.
With love for my brother Nelson, and all the brothers and sisters of Charanga who will create the GarDels of our future.
Link: Papaya party invite on Facebook