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Try a little Caña Son for those hot summer nights

Unique form of music comes to Sandy on Wednesday


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - Along with their audiences, performers from Caña Son feel the heat of the Cuban rhythms they produce. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage at Meinig Park also will feel the heat Wednesday evening, Aug. 7, when the group comes to Sandy.To add a little spice to the slow, and sometimes warm, summer days of August, the city of Sandy suggests a visit to Meinig Park next Wednesday evening, Aug. 7.

Under the old trees, park visitors will find seven musicians who can make it feel like summer any time of year.

Caña Son revives the era of that style of music — the 1920s through the 1950s. Son Cubano is a style of music that originated in Cuba, and gained worldwide popularity by the 1930s because it combined Spanish guitar elements with African rhythms and certain percussion instruments. Among its many derivatives is salsa.

The group’s name, Caña Son, refers to sugarcane (Caña) and music and dance (Son), which are two important parts of Cuba’s culture and history.

Caña Son is part of a movement of young musicians reintroducing this music style to Latin and world music listeners.

Formed about 10 years ago to pay tribute to the great composers of Cuban son, Caña Son plays classics and standards from the genre’s golden era.

Based in Portland, Caña Son has built an enthusiastic fan base and has continued to pack houses throughout the Northwest. The band’s self-titled debut CD, “Caña Son on Pure Cuban Sugar” (2006), is the epitome of a first-time do-it-yourself indie release, but has been revered by Caña fans and is now into its third printing.

The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is behind City Hall. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Dinner is available from Busy Bee Catering, or families can bring a picnic basket.

There will be no wine or beer vendor, but you are welcome to bring your own. The event is free and family friendly.

In case of rain, the show will be moved to the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-668-5569.