Classic Cinema meets Cuban music on the ECA stage

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Alma Villegas heads up the Latin music combo Alma y Azu’car on the ECA stage for an evening of high-energy Cuban music, providing the perfect lead-in to a screening of the classic film, Buena Vista Social Club. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

In the second-to-last offering in the Edmonds Center for the Arts’ Film Cabaret series, the audience was treated to a bistro club-style hour of all-Cuban music from Alma y Azu’car to set the mood for a screening of the classic film Buena Vista Social Club. Led by vocalist dynamic Alma Villegas, the traditionally staid Edmonds audience was all toe-tapping and smiles after the first number, and it only got more exciting from there.

The film traces the heart-warming story of a group of aging traditional Cuban musicians who had fallen into obscurity under the Castro regime came back together, ultimately to play a triumphant concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Packed with high-energy Cuban music and sensitive portrayals of the artists, this cinematic feel-good gem has gained a well-deserved cult following.

There is one more offering remaining in this season’s Film Cabaret series. Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be screened on April 26, preceded by an hour of mid-century jazz in the stage bistro by Edmonds’ own Jake Bergevin quartet. More info and tickets here.

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