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Leila Cobo with Agueda Pacheco Flores (livestream) An Oral History of Latin Music

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Have you ever wanted to ask Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, and Gente De Zona about their 2014 hit “Bailando”? What’s the story behind that Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine hit “Conga,” the one you that makes it irresistible to move? How does Daddy Yankee feel about being the “King of Reggaeton,” and were he and Luis Fonsi surprised by the outcry when the “Despacito” lyrics were translated to English? Billboard’s VP of Latin music Leila Cobo joins us with the answers to all of our burning questions about the last five decades of the genre, gathered in her book Decoding “Despacito”: An Oral History of Latin Music. She has collected oral histories—veritable treasure trove of never-before heard anecdotes and insight—from interviews with a who’s who of Latin music artists, executives, observers, and players. 

From the salsa born and bred in the streets of New York City, to Puerto Rican reggaetón and bilingual chart-toppers, she takes us inside the hits, to the inner sanctum of the creative minds behind the tracks that have defined eras and become hallmarks of history. Leila Cobo is a classical pianist, novelist, and executive Editor for Billboard. She has published two award-winning novels, The Second Time We Met and Tell Me Something True. Her biography on Jenni Rivera remained among the top 10 most-sold books in Spanish in the United States for more than 25 consecutive weeks and was named a top read by publications such as Latina and People en Español

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Irish Festival Seattle

  • Presented by Irish Heritage Club and Seattle Center Festál
  • When: Saturday, March 13 - Sunday, March 14, 2021
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Online at http://www.seattlecenter.com/e...

About the Event:

Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club (IHC). Irish Festival Seattle is held in March, on or near St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating Irish heritage, culture, and arts with two-days of traditional music, step-dancing, lectures, genealogy workshops, Irish films, exhibits, displays, and more.

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Portland Roadhouse 2021 Virtual Pi-Day Party

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It’s still not safe to dance together, but after a Year Of A Thousand Zooms, we have all learned a few ways to have fun with our friends in virtual gatherings.

This year, the Portland Roadhouse will gather online on Pi-Day from 2-5 pm PST (don’t forget to spring forward that morning), with music, singalongs, stories, games, workshops, discussions and other folderol.

As usual, the Roadhouse is a benefit event, and this year any proceeds beyond operating expenses will be donated to food banks in Oregon and Washington.

A schedule of events is available here. Four of these events will be performances, featuring several NW folk luminaries. Every other event will be interactive, meaning you can actively participate. Those events will be hosted by a panoply of other Pacific NW personages.

Sign up to volunteer at volunteer@portlandroadhouse.org.

A Night at the Opera: Celebrating Black Voices

  • Presented by: Northwest African American Museum & Seattle Opera
  • When: Saturday, March 20
  • Time: 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Where: Museum of Flight, Space Gallery Parking Lot
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Opera meets drive-in theater at this unique event co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Opera. You'll hear acclaimed vocalists from thOpera meets drive-in theater at this unique event co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Opera. You'll hear acclaimed vocalists from the opera stage in a video recital presented in drive-in format on the big screen, with introductions by Seattle Opera Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Naomi André. The program features a breadth of music from beloved arias to traditional hymns in celebration of Black voices in classical music.

*This is a drive-in movie concert.

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Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures

  • Presented by: France Education Northwest and Seattle Center Festál
  • When: Sunday, March 21, 2021
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Online at http://www.seattlecenter.com/e...

About the Event:

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures in partnership with France Education Northwest (FEN).

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures celebrates the diversity of traditions, ideas, dialects, and more, that comprises French-speaking cultures around the world. While France is often the most well-known French-speaking country for people in the U.S., there are many other countries and places all around the world where French is spoken. French and several similar dialects are even spoken by groups in the U.S., particularly in Louisiana.

The festival aims to embrace this diversity of French-speaking cultures in the types of activities offered at the event. It promotes the French idea of “joie de vivre” through music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, baguette tasting contest, and more. Each year, there are live performances on the main stage featuring traditional dance and music from French-speaking countries or in the French language.

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Movin' Around the World: Virtual

  • Presented by: Northwest Folklife
  • When: Livestream (Wed., 3/24, 2-4:30 PM); Special Rebroadcast (Sat., 3/27, 11 AM)
  • Where: Online at nwfolklife.org./obn, Facebook, and Twitch

About the Event:

Movin’ Around the World: Virtual brings the arts, cultures, and traditions alive in the Pacific Northwest right to your own home! Get up, move, and learn along with us as local artists showcase arts and culture from Our Big Neighborhood!

Featured performances include Philippine folk dance with FCS Kalahi presented by Northwest Asian Weekly, Russian folk songs with Juliana & PAVA, a performance by Northwest Tap Connection, a Turkish cooking demonstration with Pinar Ozhal, and more!

Join us live on Wed. 3/24, 2-4:30 PM with a special rebroadcast on Sat. 3/27, 11 AM. Streaming online at nwfolklife.org/obn, Facebook, or Twitch. Learn more at nwfolklife.org/obn.

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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

  • Presented by: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee and Seattle Center Festál
  • When: Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Online at http://www.seattlecenter.com/e...

About the Event:

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee (SCBJCF). The festival deepens the understanding and serves as a vehicle for sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage through hundreds of performing and martial arts, exhibits and demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, culinary treats, and more!

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Clinton Fearon (livestream) Prolific Reggae Vocalist and Guitar Player

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Born in Jamaica, Clinton Fearon became the bassist, vocalist, and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age of 19. After leaving Jamaica in 1987, he started a new career in Seattle, forming a band with some of his Gladiators bandmates: The Defenders. Then in the mid-90s, he formed his own band, Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band. During this musical journey, he has traveled the world to deliver magical guitar and vocal performances, presenting reggae songs filled with messages from the heart, presenting a glimpse of a man who is dedicating his life to help a better world to come. With chiseled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae up to a wider audience—all of us. Find out more about Clinton and his work at his website. This program will be available to purchase and watch/rewatch until 4/15. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

  • Presented by: Northwest Folklife
  • When: Memorial Day weekend (May 28-31, 2021)
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Online at nwfolklife.org

About the Event:

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Northwest Folklife returns with its 50th Anniversary Northwest Folklife Festival, taking place virtually on the From Home to Home platform (nwfolklife.org) on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31, 2021.

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