Experience Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now

The Music Center invites you to experience Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now, a three-day exploration of traditional and contemporary Cuban art for the people of Los Angeles.

This diverse, multifaceted program will provide more than 48 Cuban and Cuban-American artists the opportunity to engage with their U.S. neighbors and present their distinctive art forms—dance and music—to audiences at The Music Center and at Grand Park in Los Angeles.

Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. 


November 30, 2017:


Artist Conversations (SOLD OUT) 

The Music Center is presenting this event in conjunction with the Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibit Cuba Is. Artist Conversations features a panel discussion and live performances by artists and musicians whose work is vital and relevant to the Cuban arts scene of today. Pancho Amat, master musician of the tres guitar, Yissy Garcia, innovative percussionist in both traditional Cuban rhythms and 21stcentury jazz styles, and Telmary Diaz, inventive rapper, musician and spoken-word artist, demonstrate their craft and technique.

The panel includes producers from Cuban-based artist management company 4C Producciones, including Darsi Fernández Maceira, entertainment producer and attorney; Yoana Grass Recio, founder; and Rafael González Escalona, journalist and art critic. Moderated by Betto Arcos, DJ, radio journalist and professor, the discussion explores Cuba’s dynamic arts and culture scene and the evolution from its historical roots to its modern interpretations.

Admission is free with ticket. SOLD OUT.  Program and artists subject to change.

December 1, 2017:


Afro-Cuban Dance + Percussion Workshop 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Grand Park will set the stage for the community to celebrate Cuba with a free Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshop.


Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

This special edition of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours will feature Cuban artists Pancho Amat, Telmary Diaz and Yissy García., who collectively illustrate and exemplify what is current, exciting and inspiring in Cuban music today. This 10th edition of The Music Center’s highly popular Sleepless event will offer a 21st-century re‐imagining and re‐interpretation of what it means to be a contemporary Cuban artist working in a globally-influenced world, all in a late-night experiential environment.

The event will transform The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, filling it with the rhythms and sounds of Cuba not heard before in Los Angeles; originally created photographic, sound and light installations; short film screenings; as well as a mercadito and lounge featuring Cuban artwork.

Tickets to Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours will be released on November 27, 2017. Purchase tickets here. 

In a special salute to the event’s 10th edition, tickets will be free, with a $6 per ticket handling fee.  Program and artists subject to change. 

December 2, 2017:


Rumba Dance Party + Jam Session

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Led by a collective of musicians and dancers presenting the ancient traditions of Rumba, Grand Park will host free Rumba performances in grand Cuban style! This event will feature Made in Cuba, an L.A.-based Afro-Cuban band comprised of Cuban and Cuban-American musicians, and celebrated artists Pancho Amat, Telemary Diaz and Yissy García.   Program and artists subject to change.



Malpaso Dance Company

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Feel the rhythm of Cuba with the syncopated movements of Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company, led by its charismatic Artistic Director Osnel Delgado. Committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century, Malpaso fuses movement from the streets with traditional dance by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.

Home to iconic dance traditions such as the Habanera, Son, Mambo and Cha-Cha, Cuba has a deep history, as “a dancing island.” Malpaso honors that history yet creates a dance vocabulary all its own, blending ballet technique with earthy modern dance articulated by fluid athleticism.

This dance presentation is part of The Music Center’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA programming, Cuba: Antes/Ahora, Then/Now. As part of this initiative, and to foster artistic dialogue between the two countries, The Music Center will commission a brand-new piece that pairs Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Sonya Tayeh with the dancers of Malpaso.  Program and artists subject to change.

Purchase tickets here.

Restaurant Partners:

Continue your exploration of Cuba with three-days of Cuban cusine, coffee and pastries from our restaurant partners.

El Cochinito

Silver Lake  – 3508 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Ticket holders to Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours & Malpaso Dance Company will receive 15% off their check. Not combinable with any other offers or specials. Must show ticket or ticket confirmation to receive discount. 

Don Francisco Coffee Casa Cubana

Downtown Los Angeles  –541 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Attendees of any of our Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now events will receive 20% off their  check if they mention “three days of Cuba.”