Tumbao Bravo: Opening Concert For The "Latino Americans: 500 Years Of History" Series

Wednesday January 13, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for this opening concert for the Ann Arbor District Library’s film & discussion series "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History".

Created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this six-episode series features documentary film screenings and discussions exploring the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

This opening concert features the music of the exciting Cuban jazz combo Tumbao Bravo. Formed in August 2003 by reedman Paul VornHagen and conguero Alberto Nacif, Tumbao Bravo is known for their authentic Cuban polyrhythms including mambos, cha chas, rhumbas, boleros, and danzones all based on the Cuban montuno.

The opening event also includes a preview/film montage of the upcoming films in the series and remarks from Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Director of the University of Michigan, Department of American Culture, Latina/o Studies Program.

Films in the series will be screened from January – April on selected Mondays (English version) and Wednesdays (Spanish version) with discussions to follow led by University of Michigan faculty from the School of Literature, Science & Arts, Department of American Culture Latina/o Studies.

Join us for a delightful evening of music and learn more about upcoming films in the series.

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of 203 sites nationwide to host this series, which has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The AADL series is also co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and the U-M Latina/o Studies Program and is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities In the Public Square. For more information about this AADL series, visit aadl.org/latinoamericans