My apologies to Aly Tadros, who plays tonight (September 23) at the Candlelight, and to other bands and soloists who will be performing in town this week in town and who are usually featured in this column.
But I’m still shaken by what took place in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. In the middle of transcribing interviews for my first Current cover story, I couldn’t help but get swept away by Juanes, Miguel Bosé, Orishas, Silvio Rodríguez, Carlos Varela, and others who, against the usual protests and even death threats, performed a free show for peace at the very Plaza de la Revolución.
In my next Kamikaze (October 7), I’ll talk more about this, but let me just say, for the record, that it was one of the most moving concerts I’ve ever experienced (online). The record-breaking crowd of 1.5 million had me at the verge of tears from beginning to end, and there was no Kanye West interrupting the show to remind us that the greatest peace-promoting concert of all time was Woodstock, as a Facebooker posted during the concert.
The blockade sucks, so does a lot of stuff going on in (and out) of Cuba. Let this concert mark a before and after.