Events downtown

Dec 31

Primo Cubano New Year’s Eve Dance Party!
Location: 181 State St., Portland, Maine 04101, US
9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event website

Please note: This show is standing room only for dancing. Coat check will be available.

Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance music called “SON” dating back to the turn of the 20th Century.

The band was formed in 2007 by founder, Paul D’Alessio after an inspiring artist exchange trip to Trinidad De Cuba run by Brunswick/Trinidad Sister City Association first brought him into contact with the Son music and the local Cuban musicians who still play it.

Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience.

Primo Cubano consists of Paul D’Alessio on Tres Cubano and vocals, Marc Chillemi on Trumpet, percussion and vocals, Lenny Hatch on Congas, Bongo and Bell, Duane Edwards on Upright Bass, and Eric Winter on Timbales, percussion and vocals.

Primo Cubano interprets the classic Son Cubano with affinity, appreciation and inspiration bringing this vibrant music to life for audiences in Maine and beyond.

As the Soneros of Cuba say; “Pa’ Goza!”