The Buena Vista Social Club released their debut, self-titled album in 1997, and introduced America to the spirit of Cuban music. After the album caught fire in the States, a film followed in 1999, along with several solo albums by contributing members, all under the Buena Vista Social Club moniker. The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club plays the Green Center on Aug. 16, as part of their Adios Tour.
The original band members hit their prime in the 1940s and '50s, and though some of these integral musicians, like Compay Segundo, Rubén González and Ibrahim Ferrer, have since passed, the current touring ensemble keeps the tradition of Cuban son music alive and well. Surviving members include trumpeter Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal, laúd player Barbarito Torres, trombonist and conductor Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos, and the multitalented guitarist Eliades Ochoa alongside newer members. The show also features chanteuse Omara Portuondo, who could sing excerpts of a Volvo car manual and make it sound wonderful.
The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club's Adios Tour takes arrives Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall and lawn, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4pm. $15–$45. 866.955.6040.