WMNFs 1st Annual Latin Music Festival: A Benefit for the Cuban Club
Saturday Apr 17 7:00PM
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WMNF 88.5 FM, will hold its 1st Annual Latin Music Festival on Saturday, April 17th. The concert is a fundraising event for Ybor City’s historic Cuban Club (Círculo Cubano de Tampa), not for the radio station.
Headlining the event is two-time Grammy nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Born in New York of Puerto Rican descent, Figueroa has a versatile and eclectic sound and has played alongside numerous artists including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Chaka Kahn, David Bowie and many more.
“We at the historic Cuban Club are very grateful and excited to be associated with the fantastic community radio station WMNF for the first annual Latin Music Festival fundraiser, featuring Sammy Figueroa, one of the leading musicians in Latin Jazz.”, said Steve H.R. Yturriaga, President of the Cuban Club. The festival will also feature local favorite Acho Brother with its Latin infused acoustic rock, 2009 *tbt’s Ultimate Local Band, Tríptico and Cukiara, a group of percussionists maintaining the tradition of Puerto Rican bomba—an African influenced rhythm. Also, WMNF DJ’s Franco Silva and Yadira Caro from Latino 54 and Luis ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez from Latin Jazz and Salsa will be hosting the event.
A little background...Understanding the struggles encountered by not-for-profit organizations, WMNF decided to show its appreciation for the Cuban Club developing this festival to celebrate Latin heritage and the club’s mission. “WMNF has really stepped up to the plate to help us continue our mission to save and invigorate one of the most important historic structures in Ybor City,” said Yturriaga. “We can only hope that the community will turn out to support us at this event. With WMNF on our side, we have a chance to increase our efforts during these trying economic times.”
The 1st Annual Latin Music Festival will be held at the patio of the Cuban Club, which has served as stage for many shows including Tropical Heatwave, WMNF’s biggest event. The Cuban Club opened its doors in 1917 as a gathering place for members of a recreational society formed by Cuban immigrants. Since then, the Cuban Club provided a theater, grand ballroom, medical clinic, cantina, gym, and library to its members. The activities of the Cuban Club have changed over time, but it remains open for people from all nationalities dedicated to the preservation of the Cuban heritage and culture of Florida.
There will be plenty of dancing going on, so wear your party shoes!!