Live Wire Music Series Kingston is wrapping up this year’s season with a concert at The Octave Theatre on Saturday, March 29 featuring the spectacular Cuban-Canadian guitarist and singer Alex Cuba and his new band. Alex sings in both Spanish and English and has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On his newest album Ruido En El Sistema he continues his exploration of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk, and solidifies his stature as one of North America’s most critically acclaimed musicians.
Alex’s ﬁrst stage appearance on national TV was age of four, playing claves in a group directed by his father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass. He was born in Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and now lives in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. With his vintage Gibson electric guitar and forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is deﬁning his own “Latin Soul” genre and crafting brilliant songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers.
Live Wire Music Series presents
Alec Cuba www.alexcuba.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston
Press for Alex Cuba
“HE’S LIKE MARVIN GAYE, SINGING SOUL TO A NEW GENERATION…” – Boston Globe
“BEST PERFORMANCE: ALEX CUBA.” – National Post
“STAYING TRUE TO HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOLK-FUNK-ROCK HYBRID HAS PAID OFF.” – Billboard
“ROARING WITH ROCK GUITAR LICKS, UNDERPINNED BY A LACY AND OBLIQUE BUT STEELY CUBAN RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE, ALEX CUBA’S MUSIC SUPPLIED PROVERBIAL TROPICAL HEAT IN THRILLINGLY UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Miami Herald
“…A HIGH-QUALITY ALBUM—SHINY, SMART, AND AS SHARP AS CUBA’S RAZORED SIDEBURNS.” – Georgia Straight
“WICKED GUITAR, UNDENIABLY SOULFUL VOCALS. HIS PACKAGE IS SIMPLICITY, AND HE WEARS IT WELL” – popmatters.com
“…LIKE GETTING A COAT OF SUNSHINE APPLIED TO YOUR EARDRUMS…” – Halifax Chronicle Herald