Back for another rollicking night of Latin music and dance, Primo Cubano will perform Friday, July 19, at Billy’s Tavern, 1 Starr St., behind the downtown business block. Cover charge is $5.

Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as salsa.  It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience.

Guitarist Paul D’Alessio came into contact with this music on a trip to Cuba in 2004 with the Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association, a cooperative between Brunswick and the Cuban city of Trinidad. He began learning to play son music on a guitar-like instrument native to Cuba called the tres and subsequently formed Primo Cubano, which means Cuban Cousin.

The band also features trumpeter Marc Chillemi, who has spent time in Cuba and also plays percussion and sings; Lenny Hatch, who has been playing congas, bongos and other percussion instruments for more than 20 years; vocalist Eric Winter, who also plays maracas and is the newest addition to Primo Cubano; and UMA grad Duane Edwards on the bass fiddle.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or