Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Soul'D Out Music Festival

Roberto Fonseca

8 p.m.

$25 advance, $30 day of show

Minor with parent or guardian

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Roberto Fonseca

Roberto Fonseca

Pianist, composer, and Artistic Director for Cuba's Jazz Plaza Santiago Festival, Roberto Fonseca has toured the world's most prestigious venues with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® and the legendary Omara Portuondo. As a bandleader, Fonseca is undoubtedly one of the most innovative Cuban pianists in generations, with a sound at the fertile crossroads of jazz, traditional music, and soul, steeped in a spirituality faithful to his Afro-Cuban roots. Fonseca's November 2016 release ABUC (Verve/Universal) is dedicated to the island he calls home - it spells CUBA backwards, after all. Teeming with rascally rhythms and burly brass, and woven from allusions, souvenirs and contrasts, ABUC is a kaleidoscope of dancing colors through which Roberto tells the great and rich story of Cuban music, from yesterday to today. The album incorporates elements of the island's traditions such as contradanza, mambo, cha-cha-cha, danzon, and bolero, infused with the spirit of the descarga jam and hip-hop. Featured on a number of PBS programs in 2017-2018, including "Weekend In Havana," a series about a changing city with amazing artistic traditions, Roberto serves as a representative and guide to the country's musical culture. As BBC says, "By matching tradition with experiment, Fonseca has become one of the most exciting musicians in the new Cuban scene."

Roberto Fonseca is one of the world's great pianists
and one of the finest of Cuba's new generation of musicians.
- The Evening Standard

Fonseca dazzled with piano pyrotechnics
- The Boston Globe
The Cuban keyboardist is a terrific example of what makes 21st century improvised music so exciting: Fonseca is part of a generation of musicians who feel that all sounds from all countries are accessible to them, either in acoustic, electric or digitized form-whether it's a traditional, ancient rhythm or a computerized studio effect.
- DownBeat

He has a delivered a deeply felt, carefully constructed and timelessly hip record
- Billboard

The rightful heir to the Buena Vista Social Club legacy, pianist Fonseca had the daunting job of filling his hero Rubén González's shoes after the great man passed away. He ended up becoming the star of the show. Now a hugely charismatic solo artist in his own right, he's back with latest album YO, which deftly adds electronic beats and melodic lyricism to his infectious Afro-Cuban style.
- Time Out New York

One of the most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation... By turns playful and passionate, Yo boasts poise and experimentation in equal measure.
- The Observer

By matching tradition with experiment, Fonseca has become one of the most exciting musicians in the new Cuban scene.
- BBC Music



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•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

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Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

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The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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