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The Pedrito Martinez Group

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8PM
Free dance lesson at 7PM

Talley Student Union Ballroom


Please use the Dunn Avenue entrance to the new ballroom, near the main entrance to Reynolds Coliseum (north side)


$22 public ($32 for reserved tables)
$17 NC State faculty/staff ($27 for reserved tables)
$5 NC State students


Call 919-515-1100 or BUY TICKETS online




Our final performance of the season will be a first: Pedrito Martinez and his band in the new Talley Ballroom. The first phase of Talley Student Union construction will open in the spring, and we’ll take it out for a spin with the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York.


The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition, and in the batá rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times calling it, “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Their music is joyful and addictive.


Born in Havana in 1973, Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Güines and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Since moving to New York City, Pedrito has collaborated with Sting, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and has been featured on more than one hundred albums.


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Prepare for a lively party! This concert will be a mixed standing/seated event, with limited reserved tables down in front (buy early), a dance floor in the center, and general admission seating on the sides.


Free dance lessons at 7PM: Learn a few basic Cuban salsa movements with an introductory dance lesson provided by Felix Padilla and Reed Colver of RuedaRDU. Beginners welcome!


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