Harlem Havana: Celebrating a Love of Music & Culture 2017



Harlem Havana: Celebrating a Love of Music and Culture         August 12-23, 2017

It’s Time for Harlem Havana! We are posting events in the order we receive them.

Harlem Havana: Celebrating a Love of Music and Culture, is returning to New York from August 12 – 23.   The Event is an 11-day celebration of all-things Cuban by musicians and entertainers who descend upon New York for the weeklong Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival.  Look forward to jazz performances, dance workshops, and authentic Cuban cuisine.

Harlem Havana: Celebrating a Love of Music & Culture will kick-off on August 3rd at American Museum of Natural History at their exhibit, Cuba! And continue on, within the Jazz at Lincoln Center Series, featuring Tim Zagat, at Gracie Mansion – which also celebrates Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary.



Harlem/Havana Kick-Off on Saturday, August 12th at 3:00 pm at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street.

Harlem/Havana After Service Performance on Sunday, August 13th. The Service is at (am and the Performance begins at 10:30am.  This event will take place at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 55 South 13th Street in Newark N.J.

Harlem/Havana Sunday Brunch on Sunday, August 13th at Streetbird Rotisserie, 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th Street. Featuring Cesar Lopez. For reservations call 212-206-2557.

Harlem/Havana in Times Square on Monday, August 14th and Wednesday, August 16th at W Hotel. Time to be announced.

Harlem/Havana Culinary Initiative (During Restaurant Week in Harlem) August 14thAugust 20th.  Led by Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and will include 12 Harlem Restaurants: Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, Streetbird Rotisserie, Oso, Flordita, Melba’s, Ponty Bistro, 809 Sangria Bar & Grill, Coogan’s, Malecon Restaurant, Victor’s Cafe, and La Fonda Del Sol.

Harlem Havana Music Concert, Sunday, August 14 from 1:30 to 3pm at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featuring the Harlem/Havana All-Stars with Baba Don.  The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is located on 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Morningside Heights.

Harlem/Havana International Art & Photography Exhibit opens on Tuesday, August 15th and will run to Monday, October 30th, 2017 at Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion, 512 Malcolm X Blvd. at 136th Street

Harlem/Havana Dance Workshop, Tuesday August 15th at 6 pm.  Dance Theatre of Harlem, 466 West 152nd Street.

Harlem/Havana Live (During Restaurant Week in Harlem) August 15 or August 16, Victor’s Cafe, 236 West 52nd Street. Time to be announced.

Harlem/Havana Live during Restaurant Week in Harlem, Tuesday, August 15th at Sylvia’s Restaurant, 328 Malcolm X Blvd. at 126th Street (Reservations)

Harlem Havana Nights,  Jazzmobile’s Summerfest –  August 16 from 7:00-8:30pm, presenting Cesar Lopez & Habana Ensemble  ~  Obini Bata Dance & Drumming Ensemble at Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Drive at 122nd Street.

Harlem/Havana at Harlem Summer Stage in collaboration with Jazzmobile, Thursday August 17th at 5:00 pm   ~  Jorge Luis Pacheco and Obini Bata Dance & Drumming Ensemble on the Plaza at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, 163 West 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

While you’re there, check out the Harlem African Burial Ground Exhibition right inside the State Office Building.  The exhibit has been extended through September 15th.

Harlem/Havana Live, Latin Night at Red Rooster Harlem, Thursday, August 17th, 310 Malcolm X Blvd. at 126th Street.


Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco. Image via National Jazz Museum


August 17th at 7:00 pm, Ray Mantilla ‘High Voltage’ at The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens

Harlem/Havana Festival Concert, Tim Porter Trio & Jorge Luis Pacheco Group on Friday, August 18th at 7:00 – 9 pm.  The show will open with mandolinist Tim Porter and his trio.  Tickets are $15.  This event is in partnership with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce as part of Harlem Week. Location will be The National Jazz Museum, 58 West 129th Street in Harlem.  Q&A discussion with the artists to follow.

Harlem/Havana Live during Restaurant Week in Harlem on Friday, August 18th, 7:00 pm at Harlem’s Flordita, 2276 12th Avenue at 125th Street.

August 18 at 7:00 pm, Swing & Blues Night with King Solomon Hicks & special guests at Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth Avenue & 124th Street entrance.

Salute to Cuba featuring Harlem/Havana during Harlem Week on Saturday, August 19th at 4:00 pm.  Harlem/Havana Fashions, St. Nicholas Avenue Stage at West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue (check Harlem Week Schedule)

Salute to Harlem/Havana Cultural Exchange on Sunday, August 20th at 1:00 pm. Three stages across 135th Street at Fifth Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, and YMCA Stage at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

Capsulocity Live! on Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm. This may not be part of Harlem/Havana, but worth a mention – now in its fifth year, Capsulocity will take place at The National Jazz Museum, 58 West 129th Street, Harlem and is a Free event.

Image via Whole Foods Harlem!     Cuban Sandwich

Monday, August 21st at 6:00 pm, From Cuba – Jorge Pacehco or Cesar Lopez performing at Whole Foods Market, 100 West 125th Street, at Malcolm X Blvd. While you’re there, enjoy a Cuban Sandwich and a Cuban Coffee – in-store or at the West 125th Street Whole Foods Market window – and only sold at their Harlem store!