Vol. 6, Issue 24, June 13-19, 2008

By Paulina Woods

The Capistrano Dispatch

Plena Libre returns to Capistrano after a two-year absence.

Looking for a night of family entertainment at an affordable price? The Grammy-nominated 13-piece orchestra, Plena Libre, will perform two shows at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library on Saturday, June 14 as part of the library’s Multicultural Art Series.

Making its first appearance in San Juan Capistrano in two years, Plena Libre offers a chance to experience Afro-Rican music. The group, which originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, plays music that’s a mixture of Puerto Rican folkloric rhythms of plena and bomba infused with salsa, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, according to its Web site.

“People who live in town know that they can go to the local library on Saturday night to hear good music,” said Teri Garza, branch manager. “People are sometimes dancing in the aisles and walkways, just having fun.”

And now with longer days and summertime weather, the evening concerts are held in the outdoor courtyard. Shows are set for 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A limited numbers of dinners will also be provided by Metro Java Café for $8. The menu includes lasagna with a side of salad and a roll. Beverages, including coffee and blended espresso, are also offered year-round, along with different kinds of snacks.

The library’s Multicultural Art Series has been around for 19 years and provides about 20 shows a year; it’s sponsored by the Friends of the Library, a self-supporting program geared toward bringing affordable music to town.

Tickets: adults, $10; children 12 and under, $5. Seating is first come, first serve. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.musicatthelibrary.com

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