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La Pena’s 49th Anniversary Celebration // Berkeley

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$20 – $30

Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 7 PM – 10:30 PM (doors open at 7:15 PM)
Location: La Peña,
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA

Tickets from $20 at bit.ly/49anniversary.

 

 

Join us in celebrating 49 years since La Peña opened its doors!

Featuring Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, this anniversary concert will not only honor the long history of La Peña’s mission serving BIPOC and immigrant/refugee communities, but will also celebrate its commitment to preserve and promote the roots art traditions from these communities’ home lands.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, in this sense, is the perfect band to lead the celebration, as they have been one of the most faithful and authentic culture bearers of Traditional and Popular Cuban Music from the 1940’s-1960’s —and they had their very first gig at La Peña 28 years ago!

Celebrate with us and share the recognition of the history the La Peña’s community has created.

 

Description:

Join us in celebrating 49 years since La Peña opened its doors! Featuring Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, this anniversary concert will not only honor the long history of La Peña’s mission serving BIPOC and immigrant/refugee communities, but will also celebrate its commitment to preserve and promote the roots art traditions from these communities’ home lands.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, in this sense, is the perfect band to lead the celebration, as they have been one of the most faithful and authentic culture bearers of Traditional and Popular Cuban Music from the 1940’s-1960’s —and they had their very first gig at La Peña 28 years ago!

Don’t miss out on an exclusive opportunity to learn the rich history of Cuban dance with Roberto Borrell at our 49th Anniversary Party! Arrive early and join us for an engaging lecture and dance demonstration presented collaboratively with Salene Rivera.

Roberto Borell, a true master of Afro-Cuban dance and percussion, will take you on a journey through the roots of Danzón-Chá, sharing insights and showcasing his expertise in traditional and popular Cuban dance styles.

We are so excited to share this special moment and historical milestone with you. We know that these last 49 years would not have been possible without your continuous support and belief in the importance of what we do. You have transformed 3105 Shattuck Ave into so much more than just a building: you’ve made it a cultural landmark and the holder of countless powerful memories and human connections! If these walls could talk, the stories (and chismes) would fill the Smithsonian. Come be part of this. Celebrate with us and share the recognition of the history the La Peña’s community has created!

 

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición’s Bio:

Since 1996, SF Bay Area based Orquesta la Moderna Tradición has been wowing dancers and Cuban music aficionados with their original take on the sweet but driving grooves of Cuban Charanga, featuring violins and woodwinds interlocking with driving afro-Cuban rhythms. The Orquesta is truly unique as one of the few ensembles in the world carrying on the tradition of this legendary brand of popular Cuban dance music with passionate devotion. Orq. LMT thrills audiences performing modern timba-infused arrangements guaranteed to get you on your feet, as well as traditional danzón and cha-cha-chá, transporting you back to the Havana social clubs of the 1950s. They have performed in top venues and festivals from Alaska to Spain, including The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, The Ford Theater, Stern Grove, to name just a few. What an honor to have them back on our stage, right where they started!

 

Roberto Borrell’s Bio:

Roberto Borrell learned traditional and popular Afro-Cuban dance, percussion, and song from master musicians and dancers while growing up in la Havana Vieja, Havana, Cuba. He is a respected dancer and percussionist of Afro-Cuban Yoruba, Abakua (Calabar), Rumba, Arará (Dahony), and Palo (Congo). He also a master dancer and teacher of Cuban popular dance styles such as son montuno, danzón, and cha cha cha.Mr. Borrell led the Afro-Cuban folkloric group Kubata in Cuba for 10 years before coming to the United States in 1980, where he founded a new company under the same name. Kubata, then based in New York City, performed Roberto’s productions for 10 years in many major East Coast venues, such as the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He also was founder and musical director of the famous New York-based Son Grupo, part of Kubata productions.

Borrell danced in the front line of the Folklorico Nacional de Cuba for several years and, in major United States venues, has performed and recorded both as a dancer and percussionist, with legends such as Tito Puente, the Machete Ensemble, Chocolate Armenteros, “Cachao” Lopez, and Richard Egües.

Mr. Borrell was the co-founder, percussionist and musical co-director of the 11-member Orquesta la Moderna Tradición, one of the only ensembles in the United States that is dedicated to the performance of classic Cuban dance music: son, guaracha, cha cha cha, and especially the lilting grooves of the danzón.

Grab your tickets now and join us for an evening of music, culture, and celebration at La Peña’s 49th Anniversary!

Schedule

7:15 PM – Doors Open

7:30 PM – Class/Cuban Music History Presentation by Roberto Borrell

8:00 PM – Welcome Message

8:15 PM – Concert with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición

– Intermission –

9:30 PM – La Peña Anniversary Presentation with Celebratory toast

9:40 PM – Concert with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición

10:30 PM – Celebration Closing

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Details

Date:
June 15
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$20 – $30
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/961387085447733?active_tab=about

Venue

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 + Google Map

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