For more than 40 years, Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón has filled theaters to full capacity not only in Peru – where she can fill a stadium of 30,000 –but in venerable United States venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. where she’s performed to sold-out crowds. On Sunday, Oct. 27, she will make a rare appearance in Rhode Island for an intimate concert event at the historic Park Theatre in Cranston.
Touted by the Los Angeles Times as, “The Tina Turner of Afro-Peruvian music; energetic and playful, sexy and fully charged,” and “An outrageously good singer” by the New York Times, Ayllón emerged in the early 1970s and immediately established herself as the world’s leading proponent of Afro-Peruvian music. Her recording career spans 20 albums and six Latin Grammy nominations. She is one of the few living artists to have her image on a postal stamp, commissioned and issued by the Postal Service of Peru – demonstrating her stature as one of the country’s living legends.
Ayllón’s Rhode Island performance is part of her current “Celebrating Life, Festejando la Vida” tour to spread the joy of Black Peruvian music to North American audiences. In concert, Ayllón focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Peru. She is well known for singing the Landó, Festejo and Vals; all mestizo blends of Peru’s indigenous African and Spanish musical heritage.
“Eva Ayllón is not only an icon of Afro-Peruvian culture and tradition, she is also one of her country’s most talented and influential vocalists,” said Yusuf Gandhi, Executive Director of the Park Theatre. “Having the opportunity to bring such a renowned international artist to Rhode Island is part of the Park’s commitment to spreading culture – I have no doubt our patrons will greatly enjoy her performance.”
Tickets are $25 and $35 and available by calling the Box Office at 467-7275 or online at www.ParkTheatreRI.com. The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910. Free parking is available for all shows.
Built in 1924, the Park Theatre served as a cultural landmark for nearly eight decades until its closing in 2002. Following seven years and $10 million in renovations, the Park was reborn as Rhode Island’s newest theatre and performing arts center. A fully-equipped, state of the art facility, the Park features concerts, comedy, theatrical performances, opera, dance recitals, children’s and family shows, and more. Through extensive renovations, the Park boasts a larger stage and 1,000 plush seats featuring significantly more legroom between rows than most theatres. The facility also houses the Stage Door Restaurant and Lounge, a pre-show destination that offers a unique environment for guests to enjoy dinners, appetizer offerings and cocktails. Free parking is available for all events. For more, visit www.ParkTheatreRI.com.