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Artists Repertory Theatre Hosts Free Tiempo Libre Concert

Monday, September 07, 2015
Briauna Skye McKizzie, GoLocalPDX Contributor

On Monday, September 21st, Artists Repertory Theatre will host a free Tiempo Libre concert at Director Park in downtown Portland.

Tiempo Libre is the three-time, Grammy-nominated, Afro-Caribbean music group known for their jazz harmonies and sultry rhythms. 

Over the last fourteen years, Tiempo Libre has travelled all across the world sharing their Afro-Caribbean heritage with adoring audiences. 

Their set at the Director Park concert will feature songs from their new album, Panamericano. 

After their performance, Portland’s DJ Blas will keep the audience’s hips swaying by playing a special selection of salsa music. 

While the concert will be a spectacular event in and of itself, it’s also a celebration of the upcoming world premier of the Broadway-scale, new musical "Cuba Libre."

Inspired by the lives of the band members of Tiempo Libre, "Cuba Libre" tells the story of a Cuban musician living in present-day who contemplates on the sacrifices that he and his friends and family have made in order for him to become an artist in the U.S. Told in flashbacks, the musical explores the protagonist’s life from the 1990s in Cuba to preset-day in Miami. 

The musical is performed by a company of 21 award-winning and multi-ethnic actors, dancers and musicians. Additionally, Tiempo Libre will perform live for every performance of the show’s premier run, October 3rd through November 8th. 

“To us, music is not just a way of life, it is a way of experiencing life.  We all grew up together during a difficult time in Cuba’s history, called the Special Period, when Russia had pulled out its support.  Times were very hard, but music was a way in which we could escape our worries and enjoy ourselves. Later it was our dreams of playing the music we wanted to play that gave us the strength to leave Cuba and come to the U.S., a country which has made so many possibilities come true for us.  We hope you will come to the  concert and we hope you will come see Cuba Libre, because, to us, you won’t just be the audience, you will be a guest in our house, a part of our celebration, and a part of our story,” says Tiempo Libre founder and Cuba Libre music director Jorge Gómez.

Tiempo Libre Concert at Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave. Monday, September 21, 5:00pm  - 7:00pm 

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Image of Tiempo Libre Photo Credit: Elvis Suarez/GlassWorksMultiMedia

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