Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa to Tour U.S.

Omara Portuondo
Carlos Perica?s

Omara Portuondo

The 85-year-old singer and the master guitarist of Buena Vista Social Club join forces for August appearances

The Buena Vista Social Club, which began with the smash 1997 album of the same name, finally said “adios” with a final three-year tour that ended this past May in Havana.

But jazz-loving bolero singer Omara Portuondo, the 85-year-old Cuban musical firebrand who over the years was the centerpiece of the evolving band, is staying on the road.

In August, the unsinkable Portuondo will play six dates with fellow original Buena Vista member Eliades Ochoa, a spry 70 years old. A master of the tres guitar,  Ochoa’s seductive Cuban country manner and hoarse vocals have led to frequent comparisons to Johnny Cash.

The two performers, along with a band of younger Cuban cohorts, will play a half dozen U.S. dates in August.

Portuondo is currently traveling through Europe with flamenco singer Diego el Cigala. Her “85 Tour” comes to the States in the fall, when she’s scheduled to appear at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Chicago Symphony Center, among other venues. Prepare to be astounded by her enviable octogenarian moves.

See all of the summer and fall U.S. dates here.


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