Win Tickets ($65): From the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa @ 2016 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Grammy Winners, Cuban

We are giving away a pair of tickets to From the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa @ 2016 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts on August 28. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 22.


From our sponsors:
From the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo & Eliades OchoaFrom the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa
August 28, 2016
Doors: 5 pm / Show: 7 pm | $32.50 – $92.50 | All Ages

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

One of the most endearing success stories in recent memory, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club says “Adios” to world stages with their 2015 farewell tour. When Ry Cooder recruited a group of aging, forgotten musicians for a 1997 recording session in Havana, what happened next was a welcome interruption in the politically-challenged relationship between Cuba and the United States. The resulting album won a Grammy Award, the group shot to international fame, and those senior citizens began their storied journey as ambassadors for the music of Cuba. Their live performances have been praised for “taking the atmosphere up to a breathless level” (The Independent) and leaving audiences “awestruck” (The Financial Times).

At the forefront of the group are original band members who will be fondly recognized from the Buena Vista Social Club® film: band leader and trombonist Jesús “Aguaje” Ramos, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, vocalist and guitarist Eliades Ochoa and the incomparable vocalist Omara Portuondo. A younger generation of Cuban musicians is represented by such talents as vocalist Carlos Calunga and pianist Rolando Luna.

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts are presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital.

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120 Responses to Win Tickets ($65): From the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa @ 2016 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Grammy Winners, Cuban

  1. Sam Spieller July 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Love Buena Vista Social Club, especially Omara! They’d be great to see at the zoo. I was looking for things to do when my sister is visiting that weekend, and this would be a pretty awesome cap for that Sunday. Yes, please!

    • Reuben July 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

      I’d love to take my 4-year-old son (with protective headphones) to see legit live Cuban music. I heard this music growing up all the time and haven’t been able to pass along the tradition to him yet. But it would be amazing to see him take it in and dance.

    • Kath Rogers July 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

      Terrific sound, great location

    • Matt Deems August 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      It’d be a blast!

    • Courtney McHill August 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

      I was in Cuba almost a year and a half ago and saw the children of the Buena Vista Social Club and they were amazing. I want my wife to have a glimpse of what I experienced on an amazing Oregon summer night.

    • Stephanie McD August 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      My boyfriend loves these musicians and it would be such a nice surprise for him after he’s taken such good care of me this summer!

    • Stephanie W Erdmann August 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      My husband and I will be celebrating our 41st anniversary. What a fabulous way to enjoy it and the wonderful music of the Buena Vista Social Club – one of our favorite groups

  2. AJ July 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    I love the Buena Vista Social Club, but have never seen them. This would be so cool!

  3. Molli Vandehey July 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    what a unique and amazing performance this will be!

  4. Z July 18, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    This would be the perfect excuse to wear that one shirt I bought.

  5. Janet July 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    Great band!

  6. Linda S July 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    I hear this is some great music. Would be nice to go

  7. Hope July 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    This sounds like a great summer concert and I would love it. Thank you!

  8. Sameena Bachmeier July 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    The Buena vista social club rocks! Would love to see them live!!

  9. NB July 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    I love the Buena Vista Social Club and outdoor concerts at the zoo!

  10. Jennifer Kerns July 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    I would love to see this concert at the zoo! Perfect! Thank you.

  11. Daniel Johnson July 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Buena Vista would be so cool to see!

  12. MG July 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Summer can’t end without outdoor dancing. This is the perfect event for it.

  13. lorea July 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    These are some talented players. Ive been a fan for many years and never had the opportunity. Would love to bring my kids and let them dance all evening.

  14. Sonia J. July 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Oh my. My husband gets home on August 27 after spending 5 1/2 weeks working at the Olympics in Rio. He would LOVE to chill out and decompress on the 28th by going to this show. I wouldn’t even tell him if I win. I’d make it be a total surprise and a real treat after working 38 days straight! What an awesome way to spend a perfect summer (homecoming) night in Portland.

  15. Dee July 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    I’ve always liked listening to them, would love to see them in concert.

  16. LEE C July 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm #


  17. Aaron July 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Missed the “Adios” tour and thought my chance to hear Buena Vista Social Club music live was gone. But maybe this is a glimmer of Cuban hope?

  18. Dave G. July 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Muy Rico

  19. Rose Mignano July 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Cha Cha Choose me, please!

  20. Amanda July 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Love them! Pick me please :)

  21. Ann Howell July 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Such a wonderful sound! I’d LOVE to hear them in person!!

  22. Jonathan Pape July 19, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    I love Buena Vista Social Club’s music. This would be awesome.

  23. Kyle B July 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    Yay! I would love to win these tickets

  24. Bobbie July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    Eai yai yai! Pick me!

  25. Frank Byers July 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    I like BVSC!

  26. Lynn Elsdon July 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Cuban music makes one want to dance,…sooooo much fun!

  27. Lisa July 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    OMG! What a party this will be. Sing, dance, joy, live.

    Let’s go.

  28. Chris Bloom July 22, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Never been to Cuba (yet!) but love this music. Would *Really* love to attend!

  29. Judy Wiebe July 22, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    I’d love to give this to my daughter for her birthday for something special! Nothing could be better than a sponsored Zoo concert!

  30. Cory July 22, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Bueno me

  31. rossana s. July 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

    Would love to see this !!!

  32. Sue A July 24, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    I love the movie, this would be fantastic.

  33. sonya July 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    This sounds fantastic! I would love to take my man and help him appreciate his Cuban heritage a bit more. :)

  34. Graham D. July 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Another act I should have seen in the day.

  35. Melina July 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    ¡Arriba! ¡Baile! I’m ready to salsa.

  36. Josh G July 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    It’s only 90 miles from Florida to Cuba.. even closer to the Zoo.

  37. Dee July 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Years and years of living abroad and always wanted to see BVSC.

  38. Josh July 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Cuba is only 90 miles from Florida. The Zoo is even closer.

  39. Camille July 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    For months I’ve been hoping to have a chance to go to this show. I want to pick up cuban salsa and would love to soak up the music of Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa. And who wouldn’t want to sit in the grass and dance on a Portland summer evening with a friend or a few. This one would be really special for me. Thanks, PDX Pipeline!

  40. Bridget July 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Buena Vista Social Club is so fun! And I’ve never been to a Zoo Concert! I wanna go boogie down by the elephants!!

  41. Reuben July 26, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    I’d love to take my 4-year-old son (with protective headphones) to see legit live Cuban music. I heard this music growing up all the time and haven’t been able to pass along the tradition to him yet. But it would be amazing to see him take it in and dance.

  42. Sher Shepps July 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    We would love to win as we have their CDs and enjoiy dancing to their music.

  43. Ruth July 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    In the throes of such tumultuous times; only the beautiful and healing vibrations of Cuba can help us define the quintessence of timeless rhythm and spirit to reconnect us to the world and each other…. at the very least may it console the critters in their captivity

  44. Sarah Gulde July 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    I’ve never been to a Cuban concert!

  45. Ashley July 27, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Please Cuba me!

  46. Cris July 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    I would really like to treat a special someone & big fan of the artists to this show.

  47. Wayne Lee July 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Por favor!

  48. Amanda Davis July 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    They are awesome! Please pick me

  49. Alex Perez July 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    My dad loved this band growing up I hated the music as I got older I starting digging the music, reminds me of my younger days. Pick me!

  50. Criselda July 28, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this zoo concert!

  51. Robert G July 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    They are great and I would love to see them!

  52. Sara GOldman July 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    So amazing! I’d love to experience this!

  53. delia July 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

    Por favor!

  54. ashlee July 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    most excellent! goes with my rueda habit! Pick me!!

  55. mel August 2, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Pick me!

  56. Melanie August 2, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Would love to attend

  57. Aleks August 2, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I love outdoor concerts!

  58. Sandra Tate August 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    I love Buena Vista Social Club, this would be wonderful!

  59. Michelle Leeper August 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    What an amazing and talented group!! Would love to attend with my best friend/partner❤️ I’m a teacher getting ready to go back to work and this would be an amazing finale to my summer

  60. John August 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Awesome band!

  61. Veronica August 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Exciting music that’s happening during summer and in a beautiful/magical arena

  62. Tara August 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I wanna shake it in front of some elephants!!!

  63. Tonya August 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Sitting on the lawn at the zoo listening to Buena Vista Social Club sounds like a perfect Sunday evening

  64. gail August 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I love these guys and I’ve never been to the zoo!

  65. Laurie August 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Would love to hear some Cuban music!

  66. roy nifoussi August 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    fabulous musicians

  67. panda August 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    the 28th is my partner’s birthday!

  68. catie August 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    that’s my 32nd birthday!!!!

  69. panda August 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    would love to treat my partner on her birthday!

  70. pdxmeg August 2, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    I’d call myself lucky if I won tickets and if chosen, I know just which friends will be calling me to find out who I’m taking along.

  71. Katie August 3, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    I have been a fan of the Social Club for years! My step daughter is Cuban and she is really exploring her cultural roots – I would love to take her and share the experience.

  72. Lisa Kendall August 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    I want to get my Latina on.

  73. Vanessa August 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Darn, didn’t know they were coming! Would have saved up to buy tickets sooner. Might be my last chance to see them :'(

  74. Lynn August 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing concert!

  75. Lynn August 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I would love to see this concert!

  76. Max August 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    these guys are the best….like in the universe…….

  77. Pam Evans August 5, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Cuban music outside on a summer night. Nothing better!

  78. Nasheena August 5, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    To be given the opportunity to see these fabulous musicians live & at the Zoo would ultimately be the best ending to my summer break. Please pick me

  79. lorea August 5, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    This is one to take my young kiddos to. They live to dance anything salsa and Cuban music would get those feet moving! Would love to see these talented artists!

  80. June August 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    Love to win tickets

  81. justine Light August 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    my hubby and I don’t always share the same tastes in music or who we’d like to see Live but this would make a perfect date night for us since we both love BVSC and have Eliades Ochoa’s CD… would be super fun! thanks!!

  82. Lex Jimenez August 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    These guys sounds great! i have not heard of them before but would be honored to get tickets for my wife and I to see them live. We love all Latin music and would love to get our salsa on or merengue the night away!

  83. leonard August 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    love buena vista

  84. Judy Wiebe August 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    These Cuban singers from Havana will be fantastic! Love the Zoo concerts!! Pretty Please!

  85. Jessica Poundstone August 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    These two performers are incredible – would love to have the chance to see them!!!

  86. Andrea August 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    What wouldn’t I do to see my Cubana shake her–well, everything–oh my…talk about a buena vista…

  87. Heather August 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    I would be thrilled to win and surprise my boss with these tickets! :)

  88. Emily August 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Come to me CUBA!!! Love, love, love the passion and art that these performers exude. So awesome! I hope I’m the lucky one.

  89. Jason Goodman August 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    No way! I have always wanted to see members of Buena Vista live. I listen to them daily. crossing my fingers in hope that a dream comes true. Also what a great venue to enjoy such a great opportunity.

  90. Jennifer Brown August 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Love the Buena Vista Social Club! Husband and I are arriving in Portland on 8/26 for a 9 day vacation and this would be the cherry on the sundae! Please pick me!!!

  91. 'Licia August 10, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    The BEST way to Blast out of summer! I want to conga around the zoo promoting PDX Pipeline!

  92. Kristen August 10, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Love zoo concerts and BVSC! Would be fantastic:)

  93. Lisa August 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    Buena Vista at the Zoo. What a party.

  94. Holly s August 12, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    This would be a great concert to take my musical 18 year old son to before he takes off to college. He would love this!

  95. Annie August 15, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    me encanta a Cuba!

  96. Jahnel August 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    I just visited Cuba and absolutely loved the latin music over there. this would be amazing to reminisce of the great times I had there :)

  97. Kelly Gappmayer August 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    Nothing gets you on our feet like Cuban music! What a great venue too! I would love to experience a concert at the zoo!

  98. Jennie August 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Haven’t been to the zoo yet – this would be a great excuse to make it over there!

  99. Dan August 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    I’ve loved these guys since that firs.the album came out. Totally need to see them on their farewell tour!

  100. Judy August 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Love to see this Cuban band and dance to the beat!

  101. Laura August 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    I would love to go so that I can cry with joy as my soul soaks in their musical beauty…in person.

  102. Stephanie R August 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    I love live music and would love to spend my last night of summer vacation at an outdoor concert!

  103. Joey Scruggs August 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    One of my favorite groups, EVER!
    I have a great friend who’s suffered a stroke, and I’d love to take him to the show – Buena Vista Social Club is his favorite group, too.
    Haven’t been to the Zoo since they’ve adopted the new setup, and am curious to see a show there again.

  104. James August 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    From the first time I heard them, they have not failed to knock my socks off!

  105. Joni August 17, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Aye Curumba!!!!

    Un concierto que me gustaria llevar a mi abuela para. Abuela, es salvaje en el Corazon.

  106. Amy A.S. August 17, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Son is named after them!

  107. Stephanie McD August 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    My boyfriend loves these musicians and it would be such a nice surprise for him after he’s taken such good care of me this summer!

  108. david August 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    this is my summertime gardening soundtrack.

  109. Stephanie W Erdmann August 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 41st anniversary that weekend. What a great way to spend it with one of our favorite groups.

  110. Colleen August 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Its my birthday on the 28th – great way to celebrate with great music!

  111. sameena bachmeier August 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Sounds fun!!!!! :-) way to break into fall

  112. Kathy August 22, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    My autistic son loves all kinds of music, this would be so fantastic to take him to!

  113. Celia August 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    My best friend is leaving the country at the end of the month for the forseeable future… I would really love to go out with a bang!

  114. Aaron August 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    I had in mind to try to catch the Buena Vista Social Club’s ¡Adios! Tour, but alas, did not make it. Would quite enjoy this great opportunity to catch Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa!

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