On Thursday, August 9th, we are excited to bring you Kiki Valera & Cubache!
The oldest son of the famous La Familia Valera Miranda septet, Kiki is considered by many to be Cuba’s greatest living cuatro player. He is also a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist (tres, guitar, bass, keyboards & percussion), composer, arranger, sound engineer & producer.
Kiki picked up the Cuban tres under the guidance of his father Felix when he was a child, and later attended one of the most prestigious music schools in Cuba, the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba. By age 15 Kiki was touring internationally.
During his years as an electronic engineering student, Kiki co-founded the Cuban group Septeto Turquino. In the early 90’s, he played cuatro and keyboards in the popular salsa group Los Karachi. By the mid-90’s, Kiki was busy recording and touring with La Familia Valera Miranda across Europe & the rest of the world.
Kiki continues to direct, compose, arrange and perform internationally with La Familia Valera Miranda. He also performs and teaches in Seattle where he contributes to the vibrant music scene in the Pacific Northwest with a variety of ensembles.
For this performance, Kiki will be joined by an all-star lineup of talented musicians including Joshua de Jesus on vocals & congas, Alfredo Polier on vocals & maracas, Javier Maru on guitar, Steve Guasch on bongos & Dean Schmidt on bass.
Bring the family! There’s plenty of grass and natural berms to spread out those picnic blankets and enjoy some wonderful music on a warm summer night. Families can come relax, let the kids play on the playground and enjoy the entertainment at these summer events.
Concerts in the Park are presented by the Vashon Park District and John L. Scott Vashon. The concert series is curated by Vashon Events. We’d also like to thank Vashon Center for the Arts, our in-kind sponsor for Concerts in the Park as our backup venue in case of bad weather! A big thank you to Kevin Hoffberg and Angela Gist for this insurance plan! If you’ve never experienced the warmth of community at the cool nights of summer concerts in the park, you’re in for a special treat.
Please remember that there are no dogs allowed at Ober Park. Alcohol and smoking are also not permitted.