Direct from the land of Castro, Cubanismo will bring its traditional Cuban music to The Granada Tuesday night.
For years Cuban music was isolated and rarely heard outside of the island. However, Cubanismo has changed all of that.
Smack dab in the middle of its largest U.S. tour and the largest tour of Cuban music, the 15-piece orchestra plans Tuesday night on blowing the roof off The Granada, 1020 Mass.
Cubanismo follows the lead of trumpet master JesÃ°s AlemaÃ±y, who has appeared on the Latin music scene only in the last two years. Cubanismo has released a new album, "ReencarnaciÃ³n," and also recently appeared on the movie soundtrack "Forces of Nature."
Put on your dancing shoes because this will surely be a highlight of Lawrence's music scene in the coming week.
Cubanismo is your best bet for the week. But there's another great show taking place in Lawrence.
KJHK-FM 90.7, Kansas University's student-run radio station, is again holding the Farmer's Ball, the eight-band gritty rock competition that began this week at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H.
KJHK's staff ranked 71 submitted tapes of local bands. This year's selection includes The Palindromes, Starsky, Bandit Teeth, Filthy Jim, Bovine Domesticus, Black Squirrel's Property, Klee Young and The Electron Volts, all of which will be placed on the pedestal as the audience selects the best two bands. (If you weren't there Wednesday night, you missed half the show. However, not all hope is lost -- tonight marks the show's second night.)
Saturday, the finalists will go head-to-head for the championship. How medieval. But don't expect any blood and guts. Everyone wins at this concert. In fact, the two bands that make the finals will be the opening acts for Day on the Hill, slated May 1 on the KU campus.
If you haven't been to a concert at Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., do yourself a favor. Coming up in the next week or so are two terrific concerts.
The Chieftains, one of the world's most famous and talented Irish groups, will perform Saturday night. The band will be offering a variety of Chieftain favorites and many new songs off its latest album, "Fire in the Kitchen."
On April 30 is Ani DiFranco. DiFranco's punk-folk rock style has been going nowhere but up, up, up, after her latest release, "Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up."
Tickets are going fast, so get them soon. Order tickets through Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330. The Midland Theatre is at 1228 Main.
Looking ahead to May 1, The Kinleys, an exciting new country duo, will perform at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, Third and Hickory. These attractive young twins have been climbing the ladder of country success in Nashville for 10 years, and it looks like they don't have much farther to climb.
They have received an ACM Award for Best New Duo, an AMA nomination for Best New Artist in 1999 and a CMA nomination in '98 for Best Country Performance by a Duo. Their first release, "Please," is the highest debuting single by a female duo in country music history and spent four weeks in the Top 10. Not too bad.
The Kinleys' latest song, "Somebody's Out There Watching," was recently featured on the popular television series "Touched by an Angel."
Tickets are on sale now. Call (785) 242-8810.
Other acts in our area include Technics Regional DJ Championships Friday night at The Granada; Fear Blood for Blood May 5 at the Grand Emporium, 3832 Main, Kansas City, Mo.; and Two Skinny J's with Kottonmouth Kings May 5 at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.
There will also be a surplus of bands at The Bottleneck: Mudslinger on Wednesday night; Tina and the B-Side Movement with Exit 159, April 29; Poster Children, April 30; and Jesse Jackson 5 with Space Pocket, May 1.
Until next time, enjoy yourselves, have fun, listen to live music.
-- P.J. Wagner is the music writer for The Mag.