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Bomba y Plena en el Museo

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Saturday, June 22
Free Admission
Festival kicks off at 12pm

First time in Sandy Spring! Cultura Plenera moves their wildly popular Bomba y Plena en el Parque to the museum grounds. Expect the best in Afro-Puerto Rican music from Los Hijo ‘e Plena, Madre Tierra, and Rodobles de Cultura (among other bands). Have a picnic, take a workshop in bomba or pitorro flavoring, and enjoy great live music.
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Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Workshop (18+)Woman performing Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba dance
9am – 10:30am

One of today’s most noted dancers, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, teaches the basics of bomba accompanied by live drummers.  Tap into one of the oldest dance and music practices of the Caribbean – Afro-Puerto Rican bomba with Cultura Plenera Bomba means “the act of cooling down by heating up” and is a 500-year old tradition for self-expression and emotional and spiritual release. This workshop is known to sell out so register early. Learn More 

bomba y plena en el parquePlena Percussion Workshop
10:45am – 12:30pm

In this workshop, master percussionist Tito Matos teaches a basic plena workshop suitable for all levels. Students will learn basic rhythmic patterns from the traditional to the contemporary style of playing the hand held drum known as pandero or pandereta. Learn More


Puerto Rican Moonshine Workshop
11am – 12pm

*No walk-ins

Puerto Rican Moonshine (pitorro) rum is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane molasses, and is an integral part of the island’s culture. Pitorro specialist sAngel and Crystal Rivera will talk about the history of pitorro, including why the spirit is also known as lagrimas del monte (tears of the mountain) and why pitorro is the true Puerto Rican rum, while guests sample several flavored varieties of pitorro.  The history of pitorro will be followed by a one-of-a-kind moonshine workshop on how to flavor pitorro and will end with you taking home your own 750ml bottle of pitorro! Learn More

cabezudosCabezudos Chit-Chat
1:15pm – 1:45pm

A discussion with artisan Garwin Zamora about the history and tradition of Cabezudos in Puerto Rico. Cabezudos are large papier-mache heads in the liking of personalities.

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