by Roberto Carlos/Ánimo Productions and Shannita Williams
When you think of bolero, you might imagine the sweet, sweet sounds of Stanley Jordan’s classic jazz reimagining of Ravel’s Bolero. Bolero (boleros) music is considered to be the one of the most romantic musical genres in Latin America with origins dating all the way back to the 19th century. In fact, its history can be traced to traditional Cuban trova, a style of music which was popular in eastern Cuba during the 1880s. This romantic, poetic and heartfelt music gained international popularity when it reached Mexico in the 1940s and ‘50s during the country’s Golden Age of Cinema. And, it was Mexican artists who solidified the art form as one of the most important traditions of the trio. When Latin music superstar Luis Miguel recorded Romance in 1991, the album sparked a renewed interest in boleros and introduced it to a new generation of music lovers.
On Friday, July 6, Boleros De Noche celebrates this timeless art form with a concert that pays tribute to both traditional and contemporary forms of boleros music featuring the legendary Los Tres Reyes and GRAMMY ® Award-winner Rosalie Rodriguez.
Considered one of the last of the great trios from Mexico, Los Tres Reyes, founded by twins Gilberto and Raúl Puente, got their start in 1957 and made their mark with their unique arrangements and mastery of guitar playing. Singer Rosalie Rodriguez, who released the critically-acclaimed bolero album Frente a Frente earlier this year, opens the evening with a special performance.
“We wanted to bring this to the Ford because we wanted to share our love for a musical genre that binds cultures and families together,” said producer Roberto Carlos.
The starry night sky over the Ford’s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre will be the perfect romantic setting for an evening that will take you back to Mexico's golden age.