Common Fence Music present their first-ever Valentine's Latin Dance Night with Roberto Arias y su Alebreke, on Saturday, Feb. 17,at 8 p.m. at Portsmouth Mainstage, Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Leading the live seven-piece ensemble is Dominican Latin percussionist, vocalist and bandleader Luis “Robertico” Arias, who has been performing professionally since his teens. He has toured internationally with such bands as Los Hijos del Rey, El Equipo de Dioni Pernandez, Boni Cepeda, The New York Band and La Gran Manzana, and recorded with such artists as David Byrne. Robertico is also a tireless educator, working with a wide range of students from elementary school-aged students in community music programs up to university students and adults, including students in Common Fence Music’s Connecting the Beats program. He and his band Alebreke have become Rhode Island institutions with their energy-filled performances of salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue.
Audience members are invited to join in for a preshow salsa lesson with FloorTime studios dance instructor Sara Barker from 7:15-7:45 p.m. The lesson is free with admission. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. This is a BYOB & Food event; other refreshments will be available for purchase. The Common Fence Point Hall is fully accessible. For tickets and information, please visit www.CommonFenceMusic.org.