Country music star Tim McGraw is headed down South – way South – for “four days of music and adventure in the city of Havana.”
McGraw’s 2019 Memorial Day Weekend trek, dubbed “One of Those Havana Nights” will include a concert at Mella theater together with two of contemporary Cuba’s most important artists – dance band Los Van Van and rock troubador Carlos Varela.
“Though I’ve never worked with any Cuban musicians, I’ve long been influenced by music with Latino beats and soul,” McGraw says in a statement on the event’s site, organized as an opportunity for McGraw fans to travel to Cuba along with their idol. “I’m excited to meet them all and to hear them play. Musicians, from whatever country or background, always love to meet other musicians. We share the same love of music, so it’s just a matter of time before we find sounds that we have in common – and use those commonalities to build something new together.”
The four-day Cuba experience, which includes the main concert — open to Cubans — will also include a private acoustic show for visitors offered by Music & Arts Live, a company approved by to U.S. government to organize cultural exchange trips to Cuba. Music & Arts Live previously announced a similar Cuba experience with the group Blondie, which is to take place in March.
The McGraw trip offers lodging in ocean-view rooms at Havana’s upscale Meliá Hotel, where a box of cigars and a bottle of rum will await each traveler. The all-inclusive tour is designed to make foreigners’ typical Havana dreams come true, featuring a ride around Havana in a classic American convertible, a rumba party, and the chance to “Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway and Obama!” in Old Havana.
Prices range from $2,999 to $5,799 for the four days (May 24-27), which does include airfare, Cuban visas, taxis and other incidentals.
“One of the best things we can do as humans is to expand our knowledge of other cultures and people,” McGraw says. “The best way to do that is through travel. As an artist, I am energized by exploring a new country and through meeting the people who call it home. Cuba will give me a new palette of sounds and colors to draw from next time I go to create.”