Saturday, April 27th – Latinx (Puerto Rican) Delights
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Food – Rice & Beans Restaurant
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Willie Martinez and NYC Salsa All Stars
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Film – “El cantante”
Delightful Music: Willie Martinez has been a familiar face in New York City’s eclectic music scene for well over thirty years. As well as being one of the most sought after drummers on the Latin Jazz scene today, Willie is also a prolific arranger and composer. He is a master percussionist with yet another secret weapon: Willie is also a highly gifted vocalist. Willie’s considerable rhythmic and vocal talents have been featured with groups performing everything from Gothic Funk at the quintessentially New York rock club CBGB’s to Afro Cuban jazz on the venerable stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He has performed and recorded with artists as varied as the classic Cuban arranger, composer, and bandleader Chico O’Farrill, legendary jazz trombonist Benny Powell and contemporary Pop divas Jewel and Faith Hill. His performances have been documented sharing the stage with a wide variety of artists representing a Who’s Who in the American music industry, including Latin legends Bebo Valdes, Ray Santos and Hilton Ruíz; jazz greats Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller and George Cables; and pop veterans Leon Pendarvis and Barry Eastmond. When not performing with his own highly acclaimed ensembles, La Familia Sextet and the Willie Martinez Trio, Willie enjoys being involved in some of the hottest projects in town with leaders like alto sax virtuoso T.K. Blue, multitalented vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, and pianist extraordinaire Nicki Denner.
Delightful Cinema: El Cantante is the dramatic-biography of Puerto Rican, salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe. The film follows Lavoe’s (Marc Anthony) passionate relationship with Puchi (Jennifer Lopez) and his skyrocket to international fame. But even when he has it all, Lavoe is unable to escape the allure of drugs and his personal pain.
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Saturday, May 4th – Latinx (Colombian) Delights
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Food – Para Ti
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Strings N Skins
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Embrace of the Serpent”
Delightful Music: Strings N Skins celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of the violin and the djembe. The band was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 by vocalist and percussionist Okai and Latin Grammy Award Winner violinist Luisa Bastidas.
Luisa Bastidas was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to New York City with her parents when she was just 11 years old. She tells her story of the challenges of adapting to a new culture while maintaining and growing her native culture at the same time. Okai was born in Brooklyn, New York and both of his parents are Haitian. He tells his story of the importance of learning about ancestry and representing proudly even if its from far away.
Strings N Skins is not your average band. SnS is a band not just happy, it is also intense, irreverent, and empowered. Their purpose is that by educating our minds and embracing our roots we can take control and live with dignity and love.
Delightful Cinema: “Embrace of the Serpent” – The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.