In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Firehouse Arts Center presents TITO Y SU SON DE CUBA: “An Afternoon in Old Havana,” on Sunday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m.
Tito Gonzalez and his 6-piece orchestra will perform a celebration of the music of Old Havana from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Enjoy rich, high energy Cuban music at its finest.
Tickets are $15-$25. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton
Tito Y Su Son De Cuba creates rich, high energy Cuban music at its finest, with all the authentic rhythms including rumba, guaracha, son, boleros and son montuno, among many others. Heriberto “Tito” Gonzalez and his band celebrate music pioneered by greats like Arsenio Rodriguez and later, of course, the Buena Vista Social Club.
The Cuban “Son” (“Sound”) is the root of most Salsa music today. “Son cubano” is a style of music and dance that originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity during the 1930s, and remains one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music.
Tito sings and plays the Tres guitar (which originated in Cuba) that drives this glorious music and brings it to life. He is a flawless and engaging showman, with an energy that is totally contagious. With his storied past as a wanderer and fisherman, yet always with music in his heart, fate grabbed hold of Tito at age 40, and catapulted him from cabbie to celebrity and star of the Cuban music scene.
He studied with Tres master Papi Oviedo of the Buena Vista Social Club and then with the greatest guitarist in Cuba, Octavio Sanchez Cotan. He has played with such famous Cuban groups as Conjunto Estrellas de Chocolate, Aribu Quartet and Chapotin y sus estrellas, all from Havana. Before leaving Cuba, “Tito” founded and played with the Nuevo Conjunto de Arsenio Rodriguez, a group carefully structured to represent the music of the famous Cuban tresero Arsenio Rodriguez. This group was assembled by Arsenio’s daugther, Regla Rodriguez Travieso. She thought long and hard as to who should represent and play her father’s music. She chose Heriberto “Tito” Gonzalez, a great honor.