Afro-Puerto Rican Ensemble Kadencia to Play Big Stone Gap on 08-23-2023

Big Stone Gap, VA Kadencia is an ensemble that plays bomba and plena, music and dance styles native to Puerto Rico, in their traditional percussive form. Founded in Puerto Rico by singer-songwriter Maurice Sanabria-Ortiz and percussionist Roberto Candelario, Kadencia was reborn in late 2018, with the help of percussionists Maurice “Tito” Sanabria and Santos Ramirez. They now call Richmond, Virginia their home base and have quickly made an impact performing their heavy-hitting original music. Using bomba, plena, and salsa, they share their Puerto Rican culture, educate audiences on the Island’s native musical expressions, and make audiences move in ways they never knew possible.

“Kadencia, to us, is a musical term but it’s also used to refer to dancing. Dancing has its own cadence, its own movement,” Mr. Sanabria-Ortiz said in a recent interview. “We’re all about making people move, making people groove, enjoy themselves and learn something in the process.”

Kadencia’s music and sounds pay homage to and follow the traditions of plena from Western Puerto Rico, with narrative lyrics that vividly describe Puerto Rican society and culture utilizing long-rooted storytelling traditions. Kadencia has opened and headlined performances at events such as the Que Pasa? Festival, Richmond’s Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival, Viva RVA Hispanic Music Festival, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Chesterfield County’s Festival de Música, and the Richmond Folk Festival. After playing extensively in Central Virginia, Kadencia is excited to bring their high-energy bomba and plena to Big Stone Gap.

Kadencia will perform on Saturday, August 26th at 7 p.m. in the Goodloe Center on the Mountain Empire Community College campus. Tickets are $15 at the door. Children and students are free to attend. This performance is brought to you by the Pro-Art Association and Mountain Empire Community College in conjunction with Pro-Art’s 47th season and the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series. For more information and to make reservations please visit

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Pro-Art is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Mountain Empire Community College, the Columbus Phipps Foundation, and the Lee County Community Foundation.

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