- $29 for one ticket to a Cuban music concert, including a Cuban dinner (up to $69 value)
- Dinner includes roasted chicken, rice and beans, and plantains
- Where: Drom
- Seating: best available at the time of reservation
- Door time: 15 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Elio Villafranca Quintet, with a tribute to Buena Vista Social Club plus original music, on Sunday, October 5, at 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Special Tribute to Buena Vista Social Club with Pepito Gomez on Friday, October 10, at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
Elio Villafranca Quintet
- How you know the Cuban pianist: he was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for his co-production, composition, and performance on Chembo Corniel’s Things I Wanted To Do
- What he’ll be performing: a tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club, along with his Afro-Caribbean jazz originals
- Why does his piano say “Steinway”?: the company was so impressed with Elio’s skills that it chose him as its official representative
- How the Philadelphia Tribune describes his musical style: “…an expressive, emotional quality enhanced by his technically brilliant approach to the keyboard and his rhythmically complex original compositions..”
- Where that musical style has taken him: around the world, as well as into the company of Wynton Marsalis
- His latest project: Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators, a fused homage to Duke Ellington and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions
Special Tribute to Buena Vista Social Club with Pepito Gomez
- Why Gomez deserves to have a whole sextet named after him: He’s a world-traveling Cuban singer praised by the New York Times for a voice they’ve described as “a beneficent alarm, a positive shout.”
- What else the Times has said about him: He’s “another order of performer” who makes his “band members look at one another in astonishment and play harder.”
- Other famous Cuban groups he’s graced: Guasabara, Pupy y los que Son Son
- Who the sextet will be paying tribute to at this concert: the Buena Vista Social Club
- Why they might be inclined to do that (besides the universal appeal of the Club’s golden-age Cuban tunes): Member Omara Portuondo is a high-profile fan of Gomez’s pipes