Blondie have announced a four-day “cultural exchange” to Havana, Cuba and invited their fans along to join them from 14-18 March 2019.
‘Blondie In Havana’ is being billed as a “historic cultural exchange” that will include two headlining concerts, a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the band, visits to local musicians and cultural institutions and performances by local Cuban artists.
The band will perform two sets at Havana’s iconic Teatro Mella venue, and will be joined by Cuban artists Alain Perez, David Torrens and Afro-Cuban progressive rock act Sintesis.
US tourists have only recently been able to travel to Cuba and the organizer Dreamcatcher Events is offering specific cultural activities that are rarely afforded to visitors. The full program will also include exclusive visits to private Cuban art studios and galleries as well as photography and architecture tours.
The band shared their excitement for their upcoming trip in a statement saying, “We’ve never been to Cuba, though we’ve always hoped to get there some day,” said guitarist Chris Stein. “We’ve been talking about it for ages, and now it’s finally happening. Havana is such an incredible scene, such an incredible city. I’ve always been fascinated by their music and their wildly creative culture. It’s going to be an amazing trip, and we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Drummer Clem Burke added, “Blondie has always had a love for music from that part of the world”, he said. “All the way back to ‘Rapture’ and ‘The Tide Is High,’ we’ve always experimented with Caribbean sounds and polyrhythm. So as soon as going to Cuba became a possibility, we started putting something together. I think there will be a really special energy. To be with some of our closest friends and fans in a whole different environment, a whole new plane. We’re really looking forward to it.”