Concert and Afropop Hall of Fame Award for Pedrito Martinez

Thursday, September 28 2023 at 7:00 PM

Doors: 7 PM  

Performance: 8 PM

Pedrito Martinez Group

Grammy®-nominated, percussionist and vocalist presents, his groundbreaking quintet.

“Mr. Martínez, is as close as traditional Afro-Cuban music has, to a superstar.”
– The New York Times

20 dollar table minimum per person is required.
Tickets are non-refundable.

$30 in advance
$35 at door


Public radio’s Afropop Worldwide and will be celebrating their 35th anniversary and will induct maestro Pedrito Martinez into the Afropop Hall of Fame. (Inductees include Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Habib Koite, King Sunny Ade, Oumou Sangare, Aurelio Martinez, Bassekou Kouyate and Harry Belafonte.)

Bring your dancing shoes!


Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973 in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana, and began his musical career at the age of 11. Since settling in New York City in 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with several well known artists. They include Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Palmieri, and several more. A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum he is also the world’s first-call rumbero—playing, singing, and dancing with dozens of Cuban rumba groups and contributing to, or appearing in, several important films, including Calle 54 (2000) and Chico and Rita (2010).

Pedrito was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world in the mid- to late-90’s.

As a Leader

Mr. Martinez’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of the The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s first, self-titled studio album was released October, 2013 and nominated for a Grammy. Additionally, it was selected for NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums 2013.

Habana Dreams, their second album, recorded largely in Cuba, was released in June 10, 2016. Guests include, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo. In February of 2019, Pedrito and Cuban pianist, Alfredo Rodriguez, released a duo album called Duologue to critical acclaim and was selected by NPR for a First Listen. Quincy Jones was Executive Producer. In July 2019, Martinez and Eric Clapton recorded a newly arranged version of Clapton’s song, My Father’s Eyes for a new Pedrito Martinez album, called Acertijos (Riddles), to be released in early 2021. And on September 22, Pedrito and Clapton performed the song together at Clapton’s, Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas.

On March 12, 2020 at the Beacon Theater in NYC, Pedrito had the honor of performing, with Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, and The Tedeschi Trucks Band, for Love Rocks NYC. In June of 2020, Pedrito began releasing singles that were recorded for album, due in early 2021, Acertijos-starting with Yo Si Quiero, an original by Isaac Delgado Jr, Mitchell Delgado, and Pedrito, followed by My Father’s Eyes, a duet with Eric Clapton.

Pedrito Martinez uses LP Percussion, A. Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, DW drums, Remo drumheads, and Earthworks audio mics.

You can visit his website here

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