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Plena Libre Delivers Traditional Sounds of Puerto Rico

Plena Libre’s music is a culmination of African, Spanish and Caribbean sounds.

Tropical, topical, and totally danceable, Plena Libre delivers traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba to Santa Barbara County venues March 20-23, presented by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!  Experience this great music live at Isla Vista School at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 21; at Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, March 22, 7:30 pm; and at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Jr. High on Sunday, March 23, at 7:00 pm. Receptions with the artists follow each concert.

Plena Libre will teach Puerto Rican drumming and dance in a free workshop co-presented with the Westside Association at La Cumbre Jr. High, Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Pack your own drums and of course, be ready to move.

Founded in 1994, Plena Libre is among the most significant modern groups representing Puerto Rico’s musical roots. They infuse their contemporary Caribbean sounds including jazz, mambo, cumbia, and merengue; with a deep sense of the island’s century-old indigenous music and dance. Unlike salsa bands, Plena Libre features five vocalists singing in lush harmonies representing a traditional community gathering. Horns, keyboards and bass, as well as the cuatro puertorriqueño, Puerto Rico’s national string instrument, create a rich mix in constant conversation with the call and response patterns of the drums.

Plena Libre’s visit marks the end of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!’s ninth season. Viva’s programs are rooted in community and ideas for future guests and programs are welcome. Join the conversation on our Facebook page

Isla Vista School is located at 6875 El Colegio Rd., in Goleta. Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium is located at 918 Obispo Street, in Guadalupe. Marjorie Luke Theatre is located at Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota Street, in Santa Barbara. La Cumbre Jr. High School is located at 2255 Modoc Road, in Santa Barbara. For more information, call Isla Vista School at (805) 893-5037, Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium at (805) 343-2939 or Marjorie Luke Theatre at (805) 884-4087 x7.

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