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Thursday June 30, 2016

Legendary Cuban Icons Omara Portuondo &
Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club™
Announce Select U.S. Cities for Summer Tour

“a nostalgia trip of traditional Cuban styles…it was a showcase and testament to virtuosic skill…” – Rolling Stone

“With our music we Cubans have exported more dreams and pleasures than with our tobacco, more sweetness and energy than with all our sugar. Afro-Cuban music is fire, savour and smoke; it is syrup, charm and relief. It is like sonorous rum, which brings people together and makes them treat each other as equals. It brings the senses to dynamic life.” – Fernando Ortiz

Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa are the most charismatic existing members of the world acclaimed Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club™. Portuondo and Ochoa broke new ground by performing at the White House in 2015, which marked the first time a Cuba-based musical act had played there in over five decades. The Buena Vista Social Club™ also recently concluded their 20th Anniversary Adios Tour in Havana last month, but these two members will continue to be music ambassadors of son, mambo, montuno and cha cha cha. Both Portuondo and Ochoa embark together to select cities for a U.S. summer tour performing timeless songs. Portuondo will also celebrate her 85th birthday with an expanded fall itinerary featuring musical director Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, and violinist Regina Carter.

The great Cuban diva Omara Portuondo has been continually performing in public since age 15. Her legendary voice reflects a long, creative life of passion and music. While other much loved Buena Vista stars like Ruben Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer were lured out of retirement, Portuondo has been singing professionally for an incredible 70 years.

This tour will be a grand fiesta that will take the listener on a journey throughout Portuondo’s long stellar career from her younger years to her continual love of elegant cabaret, and the Buena Vista days right up to the present with various tastes and flavours. It will be a musical feast, full of piquant sabrosura.

The guitar and voice of Eliades Ochoa became a worldwide symbol of Son Cubano, the traditional music of Santiago de Cuba. His first performance was at the age of 11, and since then he has participated in several projects and received numerous Grammy® nominations and awards worldwide.

Ochoa will perform with his own group Grupo Patria. The Cuarteto Patria, originally created under the Revolution times is always evolving, and is not content with repeating ancient formulas. Ochoa has invited outstanding musicians from Santiago’s younger generation to be part of this historic group including two trumpeters and piano.

Through their deep traditions and stunning musical personalities, 2016 will bring us the Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa Tour.

August 17 / House of Blues / Houston, TX
August 19 / Austin City Limits – Live at the Moody Theater / Austin, TX
August 20 / Tobin Center / San Antonio, TX
August 22 / Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA
August 26 / Britt Pavilion / Jacksonville, OR
August 28 / Oregon Zoo Amphitheater / Portland, OR

For more information on Omara Portuondo, please visit: omaraportuondo.com
For more information on Eliades Ochoa, please visit: eliadesochoaofficial.com

For media information, please contact:
DL Media · 610-667-0501
Don Lucoff · don@dlmediamusic.com
Maureen McFadden · maureen@dlmediamusic.com
Greg Angiolillo · greg@dlmediamusic.com