Cuban celebration of independence
There’s one Latino stereotype nobody’s likely to protest: Cubans know how to throw a great party.
The 13th annual Cuban Music Festival returns to Echo Park on Sunday, with traditional food and dancing to four L.A.-based bands — Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, La Charanga Cubana, Chino Espinoza, Bayalo and Timbao.
Billed as the only major celebration in Los Angeles of Cuban Independence Day, it’s one of the city’s most enjoyable ethnic festivals. The event was canceled two years ago for lack of funds and the city was poorer for it. Kudos to longtime sponsors — Liborio Market, Gavina Coffee, Copelia Bakery, and the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department, among others — for restoring an important civic tradition. 2007 Cuban Music Festival: Presencia Cubana en Los Angeles, Sunday, noon to 7 p.m., Echo Park, Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue near Sunset. Free. (818) 383-2563. Gurza covers Latino music, arts and culture. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, events and ideas for this weekly feature.