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Saturday, October 3, 2009


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What the Buena Vista Social Club did for Cuban music, 86-year-old José Cobles does for tunes from the Dominican Republic. Cobles — nicknamed Puerto Plata after the town he was born in — leads a band that takes bachata, meringue and other super-charged, brassy styles familiar to Latin pop fans and returns the music to its rural roots with classical guitar. Cobles bought his first guitar when he was 24, but he leaves the strumming to a pair of virtuosos these days: Edilio Paredes and Frank Mendez. They perform as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Viva and Gala Around Town series at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (1 Wade Oval Dr., 216.421.7350). Tickets: $34. — Michael Gill

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