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NCSU Center Stage presents the Pedrito Martinez Group
Start Date: 4/12/2014Start Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description:

Our final Center Stage performance of the season will be a first: Pedrito Martinez and his band in the new Talley Ballroom. The first phase of Talley Student Union construction will open in the spring, and we’ll take it out for a spin with the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York.

The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition, and in the batá rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times calling it, “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Their music is joyful and addictive.

Born in Havana in 1973, Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Güines and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Since moving to New York City, Pedrito has collaborated with Sting, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and has been featured on more than one hundred albums.

Prepare for a lively party! This concert will be a mixed standing/seated event, with limited reserved tables down in front (buy early), a dance floor in the center, and general admission seating on the sides.

The best band in NYC!
- Taj Mahal

Pedrito Martinez
Admission Information:
$22-$32 public
$17-$27 NC State faculty/staff
$5 NC State students
Other Details:
Mixed standing/seated event with a dance floor. Limited reserved tables available.
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