Miami, March 4, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Koubek Center as part of its Little Havana Social Club series presents La Patronal, a Peruvian folkloric brass band whose music is rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas populares’ or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America. The band and its festive entourage will perform Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
La Patronal’s music is inspired by the euphoria of village celebrations with their fireworks, dancing, and religious processions, and traditional Peruvian music genres such as huayno, marinera, tendero, festejo, cumbia, morenada and toril. The band, which was formed in 2015, is made up of direct descendants of rural musicians who combine their knowledge of folk culture and formal music studies to preserve their heritage and make the group’s sound contemporary. After premiering its first video, Abreme La Puerta, within a couple of years, the band had landed a U.S. tour.
Peruvian daily La Republica noted: “There’s no predecessor to what La Patronal is doing in Peru: picking up the tradition of village bands from the interior of the country and taking them to a new audience…”
La Patronal brings its performances to life incorporating visual aspects of country-side fiestas, including masks, costumes and traditional dance. The band’s contagious percussion, vibrant brass and winds, and exuberant delivery encourage audience participation and dancing.
The 2018-2019 U.S. tour of La Patronal is supported in part by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America.
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WHAT: MDC’s Koubek Center presents La Patronal
WHEN: Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Koubek Center, 2705 S.W. Third St
Tickets are available at koubekcenter.org, $20 in advance / $25 the day of the event.
The final season performance of the Little Havana Social Club series is a Puerto Rican bomba & plena extravaganza with Viento de Agua’s La Maquina Insular, on Friday, April 19. For more information visit https://www.koubekcenter.org/little-havana-social-club/
About The Koubek Center
The Koubek Center is an intellectual, cultural, and community hub in the heart of Little Havana. A historic landmark in South Florida, the revitalized mansion remains true to its pioneering heritage—celebrating its multicultural community with workshops, art exhibitions, theater performances, literary readings, concerts and more. In addition to the mansion, the iconic space includes glorious gardens, the Koubek Theater, the ArtSpace gallery, classrooms, and mini performance spaces.
The programs of Koubek Center are made possible with the generous support of: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissionaires; the State of Florida, Department of State , Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.