T- minus 07 days until the
2017 Day of the Hispanic World Program at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Join us to honor Puerto Rico with Gary Nunez & Plena Libre.
October 27th at 7:30 PM
Organized by the Folkloric Festival Committee
This production has been possible through a matching grant from the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board through the City of Houston and businesses, individual sponsors and donors.
About Gary & Nuñez & Plena Libre
Captivating and moving audiences over the course of a 23-year, 15-album career, this fine-tuned Puerto Rican-based ensemble of virtuoso musicians has only gotten better with age, as evidenced by their four recent Grammy nominations and world-wide touring schedule.
Plena Libre infuses their contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions, known as “plena” and “bomba”, which developed on the island over a century ago. Unlike salsa bands, who usually only have two singers, Plena Libre features three vocalists singing in lush three and four part harmonies; a musical representation of a traditional community gathering. Further giving their live performances a memorable standout quality, occasionally, the entire band will vocalize the percussion parts of the plena, creating an a cappella polyphonic polyrhythm. These artistic choices drive home the core of the tradition in an aesthetic that appeals to broad audiences and aficionados alike. With an aggressive, tight, yet sensitive style, which balances the traditional with the contemporary, the global and the local, Plena Libre creates a brand of music and live performance that is both profoundly Puerto Rican and universally appealing. Plena Libre creates a brand of music and live performance that is both profoundly Puerto Rican and universally appealing. Filtering the sounds of various Afro-Caribbean forms like merengue and cumbia, and Afro-Cuban like mambo and yes, and salsa, this versatile collection of expert performers create a celebratory spectacle and engaging sonic ecstasy.
Comments from the press
"The biggest band to play plena... Plena Libre knows the tradition but aren't afraid to draw upon stuff from outside the genre to keep it fresh" -The Village Voice
“Plena Libre is one of the most outstanding shows we’ve ever had... superlative and excellent in every way!” Michael Savage, Napa Valley Opera House
“The crowd went wild.” —Sun Sentinel (Florida).
“Plena Libre has given a new era to this wonderful rhythm plena” — Daily News (NYC)
“Where would the contemporary bomba and plena be without Gary Nuñez of Plena Libre” — The New York Post
“Plena Libre stole the show.” — Latin Beat Magazine
“The band… conquered the stage with their unique, yet sophisticated sound, a fascinating blend of folkloric tunes with contemporary beats such as salsa, samba and reggae. To watch a Plena Libre’s performance is to witness a realm where tradition truly meets modernity.”— NY Mosaico
“Plena Libre made a strong impression because of their musicality, togetherness, growth and dynamism on stage.” — El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico)
“Tropical music will never be the same after the emerging of the vigorous group, Plena Libre.” — The San Juan Star
“Tres chic” — Liberation (France)