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A hot night in old Havana (in San Antonio!)

Tito Gonzales brings his Zona Cuba club act to Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio Tlaycapan Wednesday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m.

There aren’t many people who can claim to have cut their musical teeth while traveling worldwide as a fisherman, been blasted onto national television as part of a taxi driver’s collective of musicians, and had a government agency land them a gig playing for one of the top Cuban son bands of their era.

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Tito spent his young life walkabout, picking up guitar licks around the rim of the sea thanks to a Cuban-run company that sent fisherman like him far and wide to find the catch. The open water swept him into the urban narrows, and, back on dry land, he traded up for the sound of the tres (small Cuban guitar) and the Cuban son, yet his talent only led him to ordinary labor. Fate had in store for him a different destiny, a rapid ascendance from cabbie to celebrity and star of the Cuban music scene.

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