Father’s Day concert shines light on Mexican, Cuban boleros

The Downey Patriot

Staff ReportJune 12, 2019

DOWNEY — “Boleros De Noche,” a musical and cultural experience that seeks to preserve, uplift, and celebrate Latin American bolero music history in Los Angeles, will be presented this Sunday, June 16, at the Downey Theatre.

The three-hour show begins at 7 p.m.

Curated by its founder Robert Carlos, a young Los Angeles-based artist and promoter who has committed his career to bolero music and its traditions, “Boleros De Noche” is now in its fourth year.

This concert is a celebration of boleros from Cuba and Mexico and will feature the Latin Grammy-nominated Cuban singer Lily Hernandez and the Mexican-American singer Julian Torres.

Latin American bolero music is recognized for its romantic lyrics and lush harmonies, and is considered by some to be the most romantic music genre of Latin America.

The genre originated in Cuba in 1883 but gained international notoriety once the music reached Mexico in the 1940s, and was interpreted by romantic trios: three-piece bands composed of three voices accompanied by a guitar and the complex instrumentation of a requinto, a smaller guitar typically tuned a fifth higher than a standard guitar.

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