Frost Theatre of the Arts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opens its doors again for a special night of original music from Brooklyn Troubadour, Roberto Poveda. Performing a mix of songs spanning across his past three album releases, re-imagined with hints of jazz, soul and R&B, Poveda’s music will take listeners on a trip through the streets of Havana, Cuba and New York City exploring the life of a troubadour.
After years of focusing on the traditional aspects of Cuban and World Music, Roberto Poveda’s new sound captures a more free, jazz centric and holistic approach with an ensemble of musicians which he claims he is “blessed to play with.”
“I wanted to assemble a group of musicians that were talented and open minded to pushing the boundaries of Cuban music, but I was hesitant to actively recruit. I wanted the experience to be authentic and to meet musicians by chance. I met drummer, Layton Weedeman, after running into him several times in my building. We shared a discussion about our love of music and decided to start ‘jamming’ on some ideas. Soon after, we scheduled a session, riffed on some ideas and within seconds of hearing him play, I knew we had something special.”
Joining Roberto this evening will be Havana born traditional bassist Loisel Machin Rodriguez, and drummer Layton Weedeman of the NYC electric-blues rock band, Courtesy Tier. A special performance from Bronx-based poet and songwriter, Bob Gaulke, opens the event.
The Troubadour of Brooklyn is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).