Cuban Sonero Adonis Puentes Joins Flautist Maraca for an Unforgettable U.S. Tour

Get ready for a celebratory experience — Puentes’s collaboration with Maraca is expected to be a cocktail of eclectic rhythms & Salsa melodies! Don’t miss them!

Sweeping your souls with Salsa rhythms and heart felt ballads, international Cuban Sonero Adonis Puentes joins Orlando Valle “Maraca” for an unforgettable tour throughout the United States. Adonis and Maraca kick-off the tour throughout the United States on August 27, 2008 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco. Along the way, they will make stops at various venues to include Juneau Salsa Festival, Madison World Music Festival, and Global Union Festival Milwaukee, to name a few. With Maraca’s Latin Jazz tributes and the tenor of Adonis Puentes’s voice, expect a cocktail of eclectic rhythms and vibrant Salsa melodies — a celebratory spectacle!

“I’m excited to be joining Maraca’s band again this year as the lead singer,” Adonis Puentes says. “This will be my third time joining Maraca. I had a wonderful experience the first time in 2006 and 2007 was also incredible.”

With Maraca’s Latin and Afro-Cuban sounds and the wonderfully elegant and upbeat energy of Puentes — the undeniable talents are sure to shine the entire night. Adonis Puentes brings his unique, upbeat Salsa melodies, rhythm and clever instrumentation to his recordings, but also romances his listeners with beautiful ballads.

Puentes should be on everyone’s shortlist of artists to see performing live. Adonis Puentes has already swept away his listeners in Canada, and now he is ready to put a new name to Salsa music in the United States. Look out for Adonis Puentes’s U.S. debut album, as he is currently working in the studio on a solo project slated to be released in late 2008. “I’m excited to release this solo album in the U.S. This next album highlights my original music, and also features some distinctive sounds from some of today’s top artist — expects a deep fusion of flavors with delights from all worlds,” Puentes says.

Maraca’s 2008 tour with Cuban Sonero Adonis Puentes is set to be a festival of fun with many surprises. Look out for Adonis Puentes, at the following venues: Hollywood & Highland with JLS August 26, Jazz Alive San Antonio Texas with JLS September 20, and at the San Francisco Jazz Festival on October 16 with Rebeca Mauleon. From wonderfully elegant ballads to upbeat tunes without missing a beat, Puentes and Maraca’s mission is to make you dance. For the exact Maraca 2008 tour dates go to

About Adonis Puentes:
Adonis was born into an atmosphere charged with Cuban music. His family lived 45 miles southwest of Havana, Cuba in the town of Artemisa. Adonis’ father, Valentin Puentes, taught music and played guitar, and wasted little time before passing on his gifts to Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis. Already at the age of 6, Adonis was playing with a Children’s Guitar Ensemble formed by Valentin. By the time he was 14, he was singing and writing his own music. In 1995 along with his brother Alexis or “AlexCuba,” The Puentes Brothers recorded a CD called ‘Morumba Cubana.’ The disc caught the ears of the Canadian music industry that rewarded the brothers in 2001 with a Juno Award nomination, West Coast Music Award, and a Canadian Independent Music Award. In 2005 Adonis was ready to take a giant step forward with the realization of his personal music vision and released his first solo album called ‘Vida’ or ‘Life’. Puentes’ solo debut contains a diverse and dance-friendly collection of original, contemporary takes on Cuban tradition. In his West Coast home, Adonis received the Island Music Award for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in 2006.

Juan de Marcos, one of the masterminds behind the Buena Vista Social Club and leader of the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban All-stars calls Adonis, ‘Verdadero Sonero, “A True Sonero.” To date, Adonis has shared stages with illustrious Latin music legends like Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Juan De Marcos and The Afro Cuban All Stars, Orlando Valle ‘Maraca,’ Cuban Timba All Stars, Pianist Hilario Duran, Jane Bunnett and Pancho Quinto. The work has been done; the skills have been learned, and now is the time for Adonis Puentes to add a fresh voice to the list of great Cuban Soneros.

About Emerson Bran Management:
Emerson Bran Management is a full-service booking and management agency established in 1999. Our commitment is to bring you the best performers in Jazz, Fusion Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban music and more. EBM artists are some of the finest performers, clinicians and educators in the world. EBM represents, books, and has produced events with Grammy Award winners, national and international recording artists as well as emerging talent. From celebratory international and national headlining performances, to unforgettable collaborations and special presentations, EBM’s artists offer a diversity of world genres and rhythms for any size engagement. For a complete roster of EBM artists, please go to

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