Levitt AMP Sheboygan

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Plena Libre

July 18, 2015 at 2pm


The four-time GRAMMY nominated Puerto Rican-based ensemble Plena Libre has been captivating and moving audiences for nearly two decades. Plena Libre infuses their Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of indigenous musical traditions, accompanied by contemporary influences such as jazz, merengue, cumbia and mambo. Featuring five vocalists singing in lush three- and four-part harmonies and a swinging horn section, Plena Libre is the music of Puerto Rico as it should be experienced.

With an aggressive and tight yet sensitive musical style, Plena Libre creates a universally appealing brand of music that balances the traditional with the contemporary and the global with the local. Occasionally, the entire band will vocalize the percussion parts of the plena, creating an a cappella polyrhythm. The simple elegance of plena rhythms reflects the inclusive spirit of the music and encourages all to dance with carefree abandonment. Plena Libre concerts also feature elaborate and visually stunning choreography that takes its inspiration from the traditions of the Caribbean.

National Geographic has recognized Plena Libre as one of four Puerto Rican musical acts along with Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez that are "spearheading the Latin invasion of American popular music."


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