Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00pm

Gardenia AzulFiesta del Caribe

Center for the Arts
Tickets $45 general admission

The Cuban Jazz trio Gardenia Azul joins the MIM Festival String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet in an opening night party. A concert to bring you to your feet and get you dancing.

And this party is doing it with Caribbean style! Salsa dancing demo (and maybe even a few tips) keep the party moving.  Enjoy scrumptious appetizers from Chef Robert Smith of the Old 5 Mile House, and mixed drinks with an island flavor.  Sangria anyone?    Check out the menu!

Grilled fresh pineapple bites
Oven Roasted Yam Chips
Chilled Mango curried shrimp
Jerk chicken tenders w/ sweet & sour dipping sauce
Smoked pork bites w/ pineapple glaze
Ginger coconut chocolate brownies

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Gardenia Azul is a guitar, voice and percussion trio that performs tropical music with Spanish lyrics. This includes a wide range of songs–from romantic boleros to cha-cha-chas and mambos—that were made popular in Cuba and throughout the islands of the Caribbean Sea and México from the 1940’s through the 1960’s by musicians like Celia Cruz, Beny Moré and Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos.

The three musicians who play and sing in Gardenia Azul are: guitarist Ray Elzey, vocalist Kathy Elzey, and percussionist Cary Avery.  Gardenia Azul performs their signature brand of tropical music for weddings, parties, concerts and special events throughout Northern California.  Gardenia Azul released their first CD entitled Música Tropical in the year 2000. Their second CD entitled Amar Y Vivir was released in 2007 at The Palms Playhouse in Winters.

For more information, visit their website at