Win Tickets ($90): From the Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuondo @ Revolution Hall | Cuban Singer & Dancer

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Omara Portuondo @ Revolution Hall on April 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 2.



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From our sponsors:
Omara Portuondo
April 4, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $45 ADV / $48 DOS | 21+
More info: revolutionhall.com

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

“With our music we Cubans have exported more dreams and pleasures than with our tobacco, more sweetness and energy than with all our sugar. Afro-Cuban music is fire, savour and smoke; it is syrup, charm and relief. It is like sonorous rum, which brings people together and makes them treat each other as equals. It brings the senses to dynamic life.” – Fernando Ortiz

There was fresh spring rain in Havana when I strolled into Egrem Studios in the first weeks of the new millennium, a studio where decades of gorgeous music have seeped into the walls. Hearing the warm voice of Omara Portuondo live and close up is always a joy and there she was, singing her version of “He Perdido Contigo” (“I’m lost without you”) a typically swooning , romantic song. Omara was recording an album “a dark, smoky, two-in-the-morning record, full of yearning and lost love” as producer Nick Gold described it.

The album was her first solo album since the miraculous success of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was through that record and Wim Wenders’ film of the same name that many non-Cubans discovered Omara. For Wenders and so many others, the highlight of the film was the touching duet of her and Ibrahim Ferrer singing “Silencio” “And my soul, sad and sorrowful/wants to keep secret its bitter pain.” As they take the applause, a tear forms in Omara’s eye and Ibrahim removes his handkerchief from his pocket and gently wipes away the tear.

While other much loved Buena Vista stars like Ruben Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer were lured out of retirement. Omara has been continually performing in public since the age 15, a legendary singer whose voice reflects a long, creative life of passion and music. She has been singing professionally for an incredible 70 years, and while revolutions and wars shook the globe, she has carried on, with indomitable elegance.

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26 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): From the Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuondo @ Revolution Hall | Cuban Singer & Dancer

  1. Sandra March 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    I would Love to attend…I can taste the Mojito now!!!

  2. Marie Fisher March 21, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    My friend is a fan of Afro-Cuban music and I’d love to surprise him with tickets!

  3. Beau March 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Wowza this would be so rad!

  4. Angela March 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Love this music…. my favorite, I will win!!!!

  5. david March 22, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    sounds like a magical eve. loved buena vista, and this would be a first to catch one of these legends live. ¡sí por favor!

  6. Nicholas March 22, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    I’ve been a big fan of Buena Vista Social Club since the documentary came out almost 20 years ago. It would be a privilege to hear Omara Portuondo perform!

  7. Nicolas Vavuris March 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    I’m a fan of Latin music and culture and have studied motifs of the Buena Vista Social Club as part of my History curriculum in college.

  8. Diane McLaughlin March 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    One of my faves!!!

  9. justine March 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    would so love to surprise my hubby with tix to this show! LOVE BVSC!!!

  10. Paul March 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    This is truly a once in a lifetime show! To see Omara Portuondo in such an intimate venue would be breathtaking.

  11. Kim March 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

    Buena Vista had that je ne sais quoi (or whatever the Spanish version is). They were a “Once you pop, you can’t stop.” I saw their final, final performance (sans Ibrahim) when I lived in Chicago. The music, the people behind the music, the everything. This is so exciting!

  12. Dave G. March 24, 2018 at 12:20 am #

    Puedo ir a esto!

  13. Rena March 24, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    OMG! Buena Vista Social Club is one of my first Cuban Jazz music CD I bought when I came to the US from Japan 20 years ago♥ I love love love to go! What a treat to be able to feel the soul in music.

  14. M. Tuthill March 25, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    It would be an honor to see Omara Portuondo in concert. At 87 years old, she is still delighting audiences with her soulful renditions of classic Cuban boleros. Que Viva Omara!

  15. Mariel March 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Me encanta la musica de Buena Vista Social Club. Their classics are like no other. I’m so glad that this generation of musicians is being recognized for their mastery.

  16. Sarah Rae March 25, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    SHE is a literal dream and inspiration. Burns has impacted the world through courage and passion. Dreamy to go to this!

  17. Julia March 26, 2018 at 7:48 am #

    These sounds remind me of my childhood! It would be amazing to reconnect with that part of me!

  18. Maureen A. March 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I love Cuban music!

  19. Glenn March 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    I would like to attend because I can already feel the beats building up inside!

  20. Deena March 29, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

  21. Angelica March 30, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    I would love to win tickets to see Omara! Her soul comes out in her music . It takes me on a journey of yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s!

  22. Keith G. March 30, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Like many others here in the States, I first learned of Omara Portundo when the Buena Vista Social Club album was released in 1997. Her BVSC Presents album came out in 2000, but sadly I was unable to see her during the supporting US tour because I was out of town visiting family. Then I was out of the country for about a decade.

    So, I would be so grateful to be able to finally see her, especially because April 4th is my birthday!

  23. Kieran March 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    I would love to go because I really don’t believe there is any more sexy a groove than these cats create every single song.

  24. Kerry April 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    My husband and I really like this band. He was talking about going the other day, but we are very broke, so winning tickets would be so very awesome!!!

  25. Misty Adcox April 3, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

    It has been years since I first experience this magical captivating band! Thank you for all the great memories!

  26. christine ayer April 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    Bring on the music, even though some of the original members are gone, this would be fantastic to experience.

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