Cuban artist launches music series

Sooke Harbour House launches Summer Music Series this weekend.

The Sooke Harbour House will launch its Summer Music Series this weekend.

Kicking off the series Saturday (June 11) at 8 p.m. is Adonis Puentes, accompanied by a three-piece band that includes his father, renowned Cuban musician Valentin Puentes.

The series at the Sooke Harbour House pavilion will run from June through to the end of August.

Puentes was nominated for a Juno Award and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his lead vocalist work with the nine-piece, L.A.-based Mongorama.

He has toured with Irakere veteran Maraca Orland Valle and sang at L.A.’s Greek Theater, Hollywood & Highland, and Lincoln Center, where he shared the stage with Latin music luminaries Larry Harlow and Ruben Blades before 24,000 New York fans.

He has also performed at festivals around the world from South by Southwest in Austin, Tex. to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music, giving people joy,” Puentes said.

“My new recording captures my poetic journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”

Tickets are $30 and available from Sooke Harbour House, Stick In The Mud Coffee, Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart and online via Eventbrite.ca. Seating in the pavilion is limited to 100.

For more information, please call Phil Rossner at 778-922-3254.