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Mezcla's coming to town with their unique Cuban/Yoruba/Jazz/Rumba mix and a crew of phenomenal musicians from Havana!

Mezcla needs YOUR help to make this tour a success!

After months of preparation and hard work, Mezcla is now wrapping up their 2013 US Tour. With performances in Washington State, at the Aspen Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Oakland and the Old Town School in Chicago, the tour has been invigorating. Audiences everywhere we went were thrilled with the shows and we are full of inspiration and joy!

With a renewed emphasis on Afro-Cuban roots and rhythms, the tour features an all-star ensemble led by guitarist Pablo Menéndez, including Afro Cuban babalao priest and conga/batá drum master, Octavio Rodríguez; celebrated super-percussionist Roberto Smith "El Capitán"; veteran bass-monster Jose Hermida and multi-instrumental wizard Julio Valdez.

Rehearsing for the tour
Rehearsing for the tour

ABOUT MEZCLA

“Funky... Ebullient... Hot!”  The New York Times

Mezcla has been a part of the sound-track of the Cuban music scene for the past thirty years. When at home in Cuba we perform regularly at Havana's premier jazz club La Zorra y el Cuervo and at the annual Havana Jazz Festival (Jazz Plaza). Over the years we have played at many major jazz and world music festivals across the globe as well as clubs such as Yoshi's, Regattabar and Bimhuis to name a few.

Mezcla's music has been described as "an extraordinary celebration of Cuba's Afro-Caribbean heritage." (allaboutjazz.com) Our CD "Akimba!," was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002 and our most recent release,“I'll See You in C-U-B-A,” (ZOHO), was nominated for the Best of Latin Jazz Awards 2010.

“...a fierce group of musical entities that must be acknowledged. Their sole desire is to play great music, mindful of their roots, ever looking forward and always joyful: a real “mezcla.”   (Arturo O’Farrill)

“..A MUST for those who are looking for some more heat from their Latin jazz.” (C. Michael Bailey, allaboutjazz.com)

2013 US TOUR DATES

  • June 15: Icicle Creek, Leavenworth, WA 
  • June 21-23: Aspen/Snowmass June Jazz Festival 
  • June 26: Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA 
  • June 29: Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago

Mezcla needs YOUR help to make this tour a success!

We are asking for your generous support which will allow these talented and hardworking artists to share their music: a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!"

YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP COVER THESE COSTS:

  • International flights from Havana, Cuba
  • Domestic travel within the US
  • Passports and visas
  • Lodging
  • Per diems and meals
  • Luggage and shipping costs for instruments

As you can imagine, these costs add up!   

To date the budget for these expenses is well over $20,000.

We are seeking to raise $5,000 which is about a quarter of the cost of the entire tour. It is an all or nothing proposition - if we do not meet our goal, the funds are not collected - so the situation is urgent. No amount is too small or too large.

Please bring this project to the attention of friends and folks in your respective circles.

Thank You for your support!  YOU can make a difference!

Please check out Mezcla's website - mezcla.org and facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CubaMezcla - for more info and updates on our progress!

Los tambores batá
Los tambores batá
El Capitan's Drum kit set-up
El Capitan's Drum kit set-up

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One of the biggest obstacles for the tour's success has already been overcome!

THE MEMBERS OF MEZCLA (minus one!) HAVE THEIR VISAS AND THEY ARE NOW IN THE U.S.!!! It took focus and hard work to book the tour and cut through the red tape but they are finally here with the visas that allow them to share their culturally unique music with US audiences. Singer/Dancer/Manager Barbarita is still waiting for her visa and will hopefully join the rest of the group along the tour route.

Lining up the instruments needed for their performances in each city has been challenging as well. Especially given the set up required by super-drummer EL CAPITAN! (see above)

None of this would have been possible without the support of Mezcla's friends at Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Alchemy Concert Systems, SIR, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Old Town School of Folk Music, Yoshi's, AspenJAZZ, Gon Bops, and people like Camilo Landau, Bill Martinez, Nina Menendez, Memo Acevedo, Aldo Mazza, Cameron Sherman, Tyler Tucker, Mateo Mulcahy, Jim Horowitz, Ron Grais, Greg Landau, Arturo Riera, Walfredo de los Reyes, Michael James, Peter Stairs, Jimmy Pribbenow, Michael Olson, BIll Tilford, David Sandoval and many others who have all done their part to get the show on the road!

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    Take your picture with Mezcla at one of the gigs on their tour! Chip in $10 and the whole group will pose with you after the show for a personalized photo.

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    Mezcla will write you a personal postcard and mail it to you from Havana.

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    A brand new signed copy of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A". We'll send you a postcard from Havana too! Specify if you want the CD shipped to you or if you'll pick it up at one of the gigs on the tour.

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    11" x 17" poster of Mezcla 2013 Tour. Choose between horizontal and verticle posters. Signed by members of Mezcla

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    A brand new signed copy of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A". Specify if you want it shipped to you or if you'll pick it up at one of the gigs on the tour. AND we'll write you a personal postcard from Mezcla and mail it to you from Havana. PLUS you get a poster!

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    A brand new signed copy of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A" and an 11" x 17" poster of the Mezcla 2013 US Tour. Plus you can take your picture with Mezcla at one of the gigs on their tour! The whole group will pose with you after the show for a personalized photo, plus, we'll post your photo on Mezcla's Facebook page. AND we'll send you a personalized postcard from Havana!

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    A one-hour-long private class with the Mezcla member of your choice! Includes, Pablo Menendez (guitar); Octavio Rodríguez (congas, bata, etc); Roberto Smith "El Capitan" (drums, percussion); Jose Hermida (bass); Julio Valdés (violin or piano/keyboards). Class will be held in a city of your choice on their June 2013 US Tour itinerary or after July 2013 in Havana. Must be used by December, 2014.

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    Two passes to the US tour Mezcla show of your choice. Includes hanging out at soundcheck and afterparty- if there is one. Of course this includes photo opps! Must be used by end of June 2013.

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    Two passes to the US tour Mezcla show of your choice. Includes hanging out at soundcheck and afterparty- if there is one. The whole group will pose with you after for a personalized photo, plus, we'll post your photo on Mezcla's Facebook page. You'll also receive a signed copy of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A". Must be used by end of June 2013.

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    Private Dinner or Lunch for two with Mezcla in the city of your choice on their June 2013 US Tour itinerary (Only available in the Bay Area or Chicago). Includes cost of the meal plus the chance to interact one on one with band members. You'll also get two passes to the US tour Mezcla show of your choice. The whole group will pose with you after for a personalized photo, plus we'll post your photo on Mezcla's Facebook page. And you'll also receive two signed copies of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A". If you would like, Mezcla will thank you from the stage during the tour performance of your choice. Must be used by end of June 2013.

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    A home-cooked meal for two with Mezcla at a private home on your next trip to Havana. Includes jam session! You'll also get two passes to the US tour Mezcla show of your choice. The whole group will pose with you after for a personalized photo, plus we'll post your photo on Mezcla's Facebook page. And you'll also receive two signed copies of Mezcla's latest CD "I'll See You in C-U-B-A". If you would like, Mezcla will thank you from the stage during the tour performance of your choice. Must be used by December, 2014

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    A personalized poster (framed) featuring you on stage with Mezcla and signed by all the group members. Plus everything from the $300 level of your choice.

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    Private concert by Mezcla for up to 20 people at the world-famous Azotea de Mezcla in Havana. Must be used by December, 2014

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