Monday, July 13, 2009

Blowouts Double Up In The Heat Of The Moment

Afro-Cuban All Stars perform at Sunday's Fiesta Cubana blowout.
Photograph by: Tyrel Featherstone, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

Cubans, Ben Harper end 30th edition.

Havana, meet Montreal. Oh - you've met?

Given the instant vibe of sultry summer familiarity that rolled from the stage up Ste. Catherine St. and back again at last night's jazz fest closing event(s), you could have been forgiven for thinking the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Los Van Van and this massive crowd knew each other - in every sense, including biblical. Fiesta Cubana, in the universal language of the hips.

Typically ambitious to the end, the festival was sending the 30th edition into history with its first-ever double-closing concert - triple, really, given the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Los Van Van and Ben Harper and Relentless7 were lined up to lay down the Latin, salsa, son, chachacha, bolero, funk, soul and balls-out rock 'n' roll. In pretty much that order.

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