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Hear Sonido Costeño live!

posted Jul 12, 2015, 1:22 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 8:50 AM ]
On Wednesday evenings now, the outdoor plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library's main branch transforms into a dance floor, where you can boogie to hot jazz as part of the library's free Plaza Swing Series. For six years this series has been a summer favorite! Each week, a swing dance lesson is given at 6:30 pm, with various bands featuring different styles of swing starting at 7:00 pm.

This Wednesday, July 15th, the modern-day Latin band Sonido Costeño performs more than just salsa. Their fusion of world music includes a high-energy mix of Cuban son and guaracha, Dominican merengue and bachata and Jamaican reggae.

Sonido Costeño’s band leader, Juan Manuel Morales(a.k.a. JuanMa) is a parishioner here at Immaculate Heart of Mary and plays guitar at 11:45 Mass! He studied at Julliard School of Music, NYC New School of Music and received his degree from Cornell University. He also studied the National instrument of Puerto Rico, the cuatro, with the legendary master Paquito Lopez Cruz. The cuatro is a Latin American instrument of the guitar or lute family. Its 15th century predecessor was the Portuguese cavaquinho, which like the traditional cuatro, had four strings. The Puerto Rican cuatro is shaped more like a violin than a guitar, and has five sets of double strings.

So come hear this instrument played, and dance with me on the plaza at Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Park Slope! In case of rain, this event will be held on Thursday, July 16th. Or if you can’t make Wednesday, Sonido Costeño will be at Havana Central Times Square on Friday and Saturday, or Riverbank Park on July 25th!