ROCKLAND— Primo Cubano is returning to the Midcoast for an 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. dance and performance Friday, April 5, at the downtown Eclipse Event Center (former Speakeasy), located at 2 Park Drive in Rockland. Everyone is invited to come out and dance to hot rhythms by the top Latin band in Maine.
Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance music called son, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century. The band was formed in 2007 by Paul D’Alessio, after an inspiring artist exchange trip to Trinidad De Cuba run by Brunswick/Trinidad Sister City Association first brought him into contact with the son music and the local Cuban musicians who still play it.
Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience.
Primo Cubano comprises D’Alessio on tres Cubano and vocals; Marc Chillemi on trumpet, percussion and vocals; Lenny Hatch on congas, bongo and bell; Duane Edwards on upright bass; and Alex Wilder on timbales, percussion and vocals.
Tickets at the door will be $15, $25 for a couple. A cash bar will be offered.