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MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: Grupo Escobar / Mariachi COMPASS Concert marks Cinco de Mayo, Arab American National Museum's 9th birthday Friday May 2nd 2014

The AANM has always observed Cinco de Mayo, because it's such a rich cultural holiday and because May 5 marks the day the AANM opened to the public in 2005  - we are nine this year! Come celebrate a few days early at the 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 Global Fridays concert featuring the Cuban/fusion musical stylings of Grupo Escobar and opening act Mariachi COMPAS, the sizzling youth ensemble from Southwest Detroit.


Cuba has long been a hotbed of cross-pollinating musical styles, especially when it comes to dance music. Grupo Escobar, an 11-piece ensemble specializing in Cuban salsa and timba, seizes the spirit and energy of those forms, but allows them to evolve by fusing them with cumbia, jazz, Arabic traditional and modern tropical rhythms. It's a process similar to the fusion that originally developed these styles from African and Caribbean sources.


Formed in Detroit by musicians of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, Grupo Escobar delivers a rich, high-energy dance music that brings all of these influences to bear. It is among the largest ensembles ever to grace the Global Fridays stage!


Tickets are $10/$9 Museum Members, available at the door and in advance online at