SECCA WELCOMES ORQUESTA AKOKÁN FOR CROSSROADS @ SECCA #021
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 23, 2018) — The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) (secca.org) is proud to announce that Orquesta Akokán (orquestaakokan.com) will headline Crossroads @ SECCA #021 on Sun., Sept. 9, 2018.
Acclaimed Cuban Big Band Performance to Coincide with SECCA Art Exhibition, “Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain”
Tickets for the show go on sale at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at http://secca.org/programs-crossroads.php.
Advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP tickets (reserved seating, one custom letterpress show poster per ticket order & other sponsor giveaways), and $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP tickets when purchased on the day of the show. Children under the age of five are welcome and will be granted free admission.
“The Crossroads series has endeavored to bring world-class musicians to Winston-Salem, and we’ve been successful in doing that since our first show in February 2011,” said Andy Tennille, SECCA Foundation board member and curator of the concert series. “Yet, for the first time in our seven-year history, we’re reaching out beyond our nation’s borders to bring in Orquesta Akokán, an amazing Cuban ensemble straight from Havana to be our first international artist presented on the SECCA stage. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Doors will open at 5 p.m. on September 9 and music will begin at 7 p.m. Food trucks and beer from Foothills Brewing will be available for purchase.
About Orquesta Akokán
Straight out of Havana, Cuba comes Orquesta Akokán – a blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940’s and 50’s. The album boasts all original songs recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba’s finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José “Pepito” Gómez, produced by Chulo Records’ Jacob Plasse, with incendiary arrangements by Michael Eckroth.The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond.
Spring 2018 found this brand new project released on Daptone Records; their first Spanish language album, one recorded outside of Daptone’s studios, yet bursting with the label’s innate sense of soul, fine-tuned attention to sonic detail, and songcraft that’s timeless and immaculate.
“A groove as intense as a runaway train” hails NPR Music.
Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in July 2018 (including a date at Lincoln Center) and will continue to tour internationally for the rest of the year.
About Crossroads @ SECCA
Launched in 2011, the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series aims to provide attendees with an extraordinary evening of music, art, food and drink featuring world-class musicians in an intimate concert environment. To date, the series has hosted Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Leon Russell, Jim White, The South Memphis String Band, David Grisman & Del McCoury, Charles Walker & the Dynamites, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Justin Townes Earle, Phil Cook, David Holt Band, Amythyst Kiah, Lonnie Holley, Ben Sollee, Caleb Caudle, Loamlands, Dean & Britta, William Tyler, Patterson Hood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Odyssey 5, Love Language, Estrangers, Chris Stamey and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
“SECCA’s Crossroads concert series has secured a firm foothold as one of the Piedmont’s most innovative – and maybe even the Triad’s premiere—concert series.”
Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.