Downtown San José has a full card of performances

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
Grupo Son del Virilla performed Tuesday as part of the downtown cultural series.

The Municipalidad de San José is inviting the communities to Las Noches Culturales on Avenida Central. The cultural event will last for two weeks with performances in front of the Banco de Costa Rica. The events are a way to entice persons to come downtown.

Today begins with a show by professional clown, Payaso Mantequilla at 10 a.m. followed by a cimarrona traditional band with paper mache mascaradas at noon. Concerts from Grupo Octavo and Son Mayor will last into the night.

Payaso Mantequilla has another show Thursday at the same time. Son Mayor, the Costa Rican orchestra group, will give another performance in a week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Switching from the Latin tones, Sasha Campbell, pioneer of American Latin jazz, soul and rhythm and blues in Costa Rica will perform on stage Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Costa Rican artist has performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica in Teatro Nacional, and has shared the stage internationally with Latin American artists such as José Luis Rodríguez and Sean Paul, according to her website.

Ms. Campbell’s CD, “Soul Mate,” was produced and directed by Oscar Marín and Walter Flores, who won a Grammy in 2002 for best music album. It has songs in both English and Spanish.

Other concert performers include Grupo Octavo, Calipso Urbano, Los Legendarios, Madera y Son, Haury and Grupo Chiqui Chiqui.

Cultural nights was inaugurated Monday with a performance by Costa Rican group, Grupo Marfil. The seven-member band made up of friends from Limón is known for its soca, reggae and Latina tunes. Their most popular song is “Saca Boom Boom,” which has more than 67,000 views on YouTube.

The activities will continue this week to Friday, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m.

After the weekend, the concerts will continue Monday until Dec. 21 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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