CHRISTMAS IN EL BARRIO Returns with Music from Los Pleneros De La 21


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce the addition of a second performance of its holiday concert Christmas in El Barrio, featuring the GRAMMY-nominated musicians of Los Pleneros de la 21, on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 6pm. Drawing from Afro-Puerto Rican traditions in music and dance, including the percussion driven bomba and plena, Christmas in El Barrio celebrates community, family, and cultural identity. Tickets for this family-friendly holiday event are $25 (with ½ price tickets available for children 12 and under) and can be purchased in advance at or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500. Day-of-show tickets should be purchased at Kumble Theater on the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, located at 1 University Plaza, or by calling the Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624.

About Los Pleneros de la 21
Founded in 1983 by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an East Harlem traditional performing music group and nonprofit organization created to foster awareness & appreciation of bombaand plena, two Puerto Rican cultural expressions. The ensemble, comprised of an intergenerational group of top musicians, performers, and arts educators, have since inception toured to over 200 cities worldwide, bringing bomba and plena to tens of thousands of people from all walks of life.

The unique LP21 sound combines the raw percussion elements of bomba and plena music with contemporary and urban genres like jazz, salsa, son, and even hip hop, creating an infectious rhythm and the highest caliber of musical creativity. For LP21 musical styles, dynamic and highly engaging performance style has brought the group countless critical acclaim and accolades, including a GRAMMY nomination for their Para Todos Ustedes album and a National Endowment Fellow Award.

For over 3 decades, Los Pleneros de la 21 has crossed numerous boundaries and broken several performing barriers for the traditional and Latino music genres. They are the first and only bomba and plena ensemble to have toured in the former USSR, and the first to showcase their sounds at Carnegie Hall. They have brought their infectious music worldwide to countries including Australia, Germany, Canada, Cuba, and Thailand.

For their efforts, accomplishments and their cemented dedication to community work, the LP21 familia are regarded by many as mentors. They have fostered the passion and talents of future generations of cultural leaders of Puerto Rican art forms. Internationally, they are regarded as the “Bomba and Plena Ambassadors to the World.”

The LP21 familia of musicians includes Juan Gutierrez, Camilo Molina Gaetan, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, Nelson Matthew Gonzalez, Nicholas Laboy, Zaccai Curtis, Alex Apolo Ayala, Ivan Renta, Hommy Ramos, Flaco Navaja, Karenly Nieves, and Gabo Lugo.


Multibuy discounts (three or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances at Brooklyn College. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.

Los Pleneros de la 21: Christmas in El Barrio
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3pm & 6pm

Kumble Theater at LIU-Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn

Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under

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