Now in its 34th year, the exhibition of musical talent curated by the nonprofit Acción Latina known as the “Encuentro del Canto Popular” will come to the Chapel tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 6). The festival usually includes dance and visual art as well as music and serves as a celebration social justice and an expression of the political climate.
This year’s festival will celebrate the reopening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and, accordingly, will feature plenty of Cuban and Caribbean tunes and rhythms.
From Acción Latina:
Our lineup showcases three ensembles representing the rhythms and music of Cuba and the Caribbean, including the renowned John Santos Sextet and special guest Jose Roberto Hernandez; La Mecánica Popular, making their debut San Francisco performance, and local newcomer Soltrón, a 10-member band that blends Latin-jazz, Chicano rock, and samba batucada with strains of hip-hop and electronic music. And finally, for the first time ever, this year we are presenting a pre-concert art exhibition of 8 historic Encuentro backdrops designed by local Latino visual artist Juan R. Fuentes.
The Encuentro has always been and will continue to be an open door for those with talent and a desire to use their music to express consciousness of our social and political times. From homegrown to international musicians, to the artists who design the graphics around our annual themes, we believe that creativity should be used to spread messages of cultural awareness and positive social change, thus helping to create a better world through art.
A backdrop exhibition begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and can be purchased here.