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Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 6:16 PM


Brava Theater Center presents:

Direct from Cuba - Pablo Menendez & Mezcla in Concert

Saturday, October 14, 7:30pm-11:00pm, San Francisco


Brava presents the live concert Direct from Cuba with Pablo Menendez & Mezcla plus a screening of David Sandoval's documentary film "So Near... So Far" about the life of Cuban jazz musician and Mezcla founder Pablo Menendez. This historic concert will feature collaborations with special guests John Santos, Barbara Dane, John Calloway, Yeni of Los Van Van, Erick Barberia, Greg Landau, Camilo Landau and more!

6:30pm - Pre-performance reception in Brava lobby with DJ Leydis de Cuba
7:30pm - Screening of So Near... So Far
9:00pm - Live concert Direct from Cuba featuring Pablo Menendez & Mezcla and special guests

The recent Cuba/USA documentary, "So Near...So far," about the life of Pablo Menendez by the award-winning Cuban director Lourdes Prieto and L.A. Chicano David Sandoval, follows the life of Pablo Menendez who arrived in Cuba at age 14 to study music for a year. He ended up staying and becoming part of the soundtrack of Cuba as a member of such legendary bands Grupo de Experminentacion Sonora of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), and Sintesis. His mother, legendary singer Barbara Dane, was the first public person to defy the State Department ban on travel to Cuba after the 1959 Revolution and sang all over the island, on televisions, newsreels and on the front page of the newspapers, making her a symbol of the possibilities of friendship between the US and Cuba. So far reflects Pablo Menendez' journey and his life story as a "musical bridge" between the two countries.

The screening will be followed by a concert featuring Menendez' world fusion Cuban band Mezcla, with special guest artists. Mezcla mixes Afro-Cuban/Yoruba roots music, rumba, Cuban rock, Cuban Jazz and Cuban new song resisting the commerciality of being defined by one style or sound. With Mezcla, Menendez transforms a long and meaningful artistic life into spiritual richness - building on the strength of traditions while continuing to re-invent the future.

Saturday, October 14

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110

$25 - $75.


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