Cuban sounds to fill the air at Ober Park

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018 10:51am
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Bandleader Kiki Valera will bring traditional Cuban music to Ober Park on Thursday (Photo Courtesy Vashon Events).

Bandleader Kiki Valera will bring traditional Cuban music to Ober Park on Thursday (Photo Courtesy Vashon Events).

Vashon’s Summer Concerts in the Park series will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Ober Park, with traditional Cuban music played by Kiki Valera & Cubache.

Bandleader Valeria, who performs and teaches in Seattle and travels internationally with La Familia Valera Miranda, is considered by many to be Cuba’s greatest living cuatro player, according to Pete Welch, of Vashon Events, who has organized the concert.

Valera is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer. Music has defined his life — he picked up the Cuban tres under the guidance of his father Felix when he was a child and later attended the Conservatorio Esteban Salas music conservatory in Santiago de Cuba. By age 15, he was touring internationally.

Valera’s all-star band on Vashon will include Joshua de Jesus on vocals and congas, Alfredo Polier on vocals and maracas, Javier Maru on guitar, Steve Guasch on bongos and Dean Schmidt on bass.

Don’t miss the chance to groove, dance and experience Cuban music at this free concert at Ober Park. Dogs and alcohol are not permitted. The concert series is presented by Vashon Park District and Vashon Events. In case of rain, the show will move to Vashon Center for the Arts.

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