The Real Thing: the Pedrito Martinez Group to Bring Cuban Music to the Play Circle
The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes the Pedrito Martinez Group on Wednesday, 03/27/19 at 8:00p.m. in the Play Circle. Prices for the event are as follows: General Public are $30, Union Members are $26, UW Faculty/Staff are $28, Youth are $20, and UW-Madison students are $10. Tickets may be bought here, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.
Pedrito Martinez, born and raised in Havana, Cuba, is a versatile percussionist. His instrumental ability, which spans the Bata drum, conga, cajon, timbale, and bongo drums, won him the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion in 2000. His musical style dynamically blends Afro-Latin jazz, Cuban rumba, and Spanish flamenco. Martinez’s most recent release, Duologue, is a collaboration with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez.
Martinez is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban band Yerba Buena. He formed the Pedrito Martinez Group in 2005. The group’s Grammy-nominated debut album, released in 2013, was chosen among NPR’s favorite albums of the year. Says Quincy Jones, “The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!”
The concert is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors are WORT, 89.9 FM and the Capital City Hues.