Wed Sep 25

Gerardo Contino:"Tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club"

Wed, September 25
7PM / $35 | $7 Fees
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Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Gerardo Contino

A Tribute to the Buenavista Social Club and Cuban Contemporary Music.

Gerardo Contino is a multi-disciplinary artist, cultural producer, and community organizer. A classically trained singer, Gerardo Contino began performing professionally in Havana, Cuba at the age of 19. Gerardo has toured the world with his music and now calls New York City home. He is the founder and director of Camino al Arte, a non-profit arts organization that connects and produces cutting edge cultural and educational opportunities for young and established artists across the United States and the Caribbean.

A versatile singer and bandleader, Gerardo has performed with Cuban and American salsa, jazz, and big orchestra bands. In Cuba, Gerardo was lead singer for NG La Banda, the legendary timba and jazz band directed by Jose Luis Cortes. In the United States, Gerardo was a lead singer for the Max Weinberg Orchestra and for the Larry Harlow's Latin Legend's Band. Gerardo has also acted and performed opera, most notably in the Peak Performances’ Hatuey: Memory of Fire, a Yiddish-Cuban opera production.

 

Gerardo created and directed Los Habaneros, which went on to become the 2015 "Best Band in Manhattan" (WNYC/NPR), and the 2017 "Best Cuban Dance Band" (NY Latin Culture Magazine). With Los Habaneros, Gerardo performed at The Kennedy Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, top music venues in New York City, and festivals in the United States and around the world.

As a cultural producer and community organizer, Gerardo has created multi-disciplinary public artistic productions around the U.S. and in Cuba. He has received the Manhattan Community Arts Fund for his productions in 2014, 2015, and 2018.

In addition to his musical career, Gerardo received his education in law at the University of Havana and his Master's in Law at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, with a focus on intellectual property and entertainment law.

Co-Presented with the Embassy of Cuba

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Wed, September 25

7PM / $35 | $7 Fees
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*Please note:
1. Final sale, no refunds, not transferable.
2. $15 food/beverage minimum per person not included in ticket price.
3. Seating first come at the door. Doors open 6 PM & 8:45 PM respectively.
4. Photography or Recording of any kind is prohibited during the performance.
5. Keep conversation to a minimum during the performance.

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