The Grammy winning ensemble Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club stops in Austin, Texas on the Adios Tour this October- bringing the history, excitement, and culture of Cuban music to the Long Center. The thirteen piece band, who’s most recent album “provides a gorgeous reminder of what made it so famous to begin with — and what we’ll all be missing,” plays their final tour together this year. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.
Named after the members club in Havana, Cuba that closed its doors in the 1940s, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club became an international success, and the ensemble was encouraged to perform with a full line-up in Amsterdam in April 1998. German director Wim Wenders captured the performance on film and the one that followed on the 1st of July 1998 in Carnegie Hall, New York City for a documentary—also called Buena Vista Social Club—that included interviews with the musicians conducted in Havana.
The success of both the album and film sparked a revival of international interest in traditional Cuban music and Latin American music in general. Some of the Cuban performers later released well-received solo albums and recorded collaborations with international stars from different musical genres. The “Buena Vista Social Club” name became an umbrella term to describe these performances and releases, and has been likened to a brand label that encapsulates Cuba’s “musical golden age” between the 1930s and 1950s.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will perform Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7 PM. Tickets start at $49 and are available online at www.longcenter.org or through the 3M Box Office by phone at 512-474-LONG (5664) or in-person at 701 Riverside Drive. For groups of 10 and more, call 512-457-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.