TROVADORO - Original Cuban Dance Music from Seattle

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 8pm

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Doors at 7:00
$10 adv/ $12 dos

To guarantee a good seat, please make your dinner reservation by emailing
Advance tickets can only be purchased online. We do not sell advance tickets at the venue.

TROVADORO is Seattle's finest players of Cuban Son music to performing original compositions in traditional styles. The group also plays songs by some of Cuba's greatest Son music groups including La Familia Valera Miranda, Dúo Los Compadres and Trío Matamoros. In the tradition of Cuban troubadours new and old, TROVADORO evokes deep currents of the human heart and soul with strings, percussion and song. 

Santiago de Cuba's Kiki Valera guides TROVADORO with his lifetime of extensive performance, international touring, arranging, recording, and mastery of the Cuban Cuatro. Kiki is the eldest son and director of La Familia Valera Miranda - one of Cuba's most revered families of Son musicians. Justin Maggart (lead vocals & maracas) and Steve Smith (bongos & vocals) are core members of SuperSones - a traditional Cuban septet that has performed Cuban Son in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last 16 years. Javier Marú (guitar & vocals) brings years of experience playing Trova and Son in Havana, Switzerland and now in Seattle with Trío Cubay and others. The group is also features Lalo Bello on Congas and Vocals (Picoso, Polyrhythmics & Trío Cubay). 

TROVADORO began as a collaboration between Justin Maggart and Kiki Valera to compose, arrange and record an album of original songs in traditional Cuban styles and perform them for a variety of audiences in Spring 2017. In June 2015, this project was funded, in part, by a grant from King County 4Culture. In June 2017, the group released their album "Lengua, Alambre y Cuero" (Tongues, Strings and Skins) of Justin's original songs arranged and recorded by Kiki.

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Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.