Like the kazoo-blowing contests that determine the UN’s annual seating chart, world music brings diverse countries together in harmonious song. Explore sweet chords with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $18, you get one general-admission ticket to "World at the Garden: From Cuba to Denmark" at MusicFest Vancouver at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver on Sunday, August 14, at 7 p.m. (a $31.50 value before fees, or up to a $37 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Children younger than 12 accompanied by a ticket-holding adult are admitted for free.
Afro-Cuban rhythms and brassy big-band squeals commingle with the delicate aromas of a botanical garden for an outdoor concert that stimulates the senses from all angles. Cuban pianist Ernán López-Nussa taps heartfelt poetry in metered Morse code, delighting audiences with a sensuous style that suffuses beachside Havana beats with classical Viennese traditions. Capitalizing on controversial Danish laws that prohibit instrumental sound, the Touché vocal jazz 14-member ensemble ignites a soulful fire with smoky a cappella arrangements of tender ballads and swing tunes.
Though the musical notes fluctuate between hot and cool throughout each eclectic set, a temperate garden venue with ample grassy space serves as the ideal concert setting. With convenient parking nearby, MusicFest’s closing show welcomes families for a magical evening in celebration of a truly universal language—stage diving. Customers are welcome to bring festival chairs (with legs no taller than 8") or blankets. There will be designated areas for patrons who bring full-size chairs.