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El Septeto Santiaguero (multiple shows, multiple venues)

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Hailing from Cuba's second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba, El Septeto Santiaguero play an exuberant, fast-moving blend of guarancha and other Latin American dance-music styles. For all its musical richness, Septeto Santiaguero are also unabashedly at it to have fun, something that's even more abundantly clear in their joyous and at times bawdy music videos. Currently touring behind their new album Raíz, the band will have a busy schedule in Madison, playing August 7 and 8 at the North Street Cabaret and August 10 at the Central Park Sessions. At each stop they'll be sharing bills with excellent bands from Madison: the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band on August 7, Malian blues powerhouse Tani Diakite on August 8, and Afro-Peruvian jazz band Golpe Tierra on August 10. —Scott Gordon