BRATTLEBORO -- De Lomas y Sones, a six-piece Cuban son band, is presenting a Latin Dance Party at the Vermont Jazz Center on Friday at 8 p.m.
Under the musical direction of master drummer and singer William Rodriguez, formerly of Santiago de Cuba and now residing in Brattleboro, the sextet plays authentic Cuban music, playing son, changu, and cha cha styles.
Besides Rodriguez on bongo, campana and vocals, the band features Maricel Lucero, also from Santiago de Cuba, on vocals, Jon Weeks on flute and soprano sax, Dan DeWalt on piano, Julian Gerstin on congas and Wes Brown on bass.
Weeks is a veteran in the New england music scene, and has spent many years playing in a variety of Latin, jazz and dance bands. DeWalt likewise has been gigging and recording in the region for more than 30 years and performs with a number of local and regional bands. Gerstin teaches drums at several area colleges and has extensive performing credits, specializing in Cuban and Caribbean drumming styles. Brown teaches and performs throughout the Northeast, and Lucero has led choirs and has recorded in her home country singing traditional Cuban music.
Admission is $12 at the door, $10 for students and seniors. The Vermont Jazz Center is located in the Cotton Mill on Cotton Mill Hill. For more information, call 802-348-7701.