The New York-based Clinton Curtis Band arrives in Nicaragua today for a five-day public concert series in Managua, Matagalpa, León and Masatepe. The blues rock band will be performing its concerts and music workshops under the auspicious of the U.S. Embassy—part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad Program—and in conjunction with the Rubén Darío National Theater.
Songwriter Clinton Curtis founded The Clinton Curtis Band in 2008 with the goal of uniting numerous musical influences to create a modern interpretation of “American Roots Music.” The band draws from Gospel, Delta Blues, R&B, Soul, Dixieland, Jazz, Country, Folk, Funk, Rock, Reggae and Ska, according to a State Department release.
The blues rock ensemble is visiting Nicaragua as part of a Central American and Caribbean tour that also includes concerts in The Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, and Colombia. Tour activities will include public concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, media outreach, and collaborations with local musicians.
The program starts this afternoon with an open music class for local music students from Managua. Then there will be a public concert tonight at Rubén Darío National Theater at 7:30 pm.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the band will offer another music class at 2 p.m. and then a public concert at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center for Heroes and Myrtirs in Matagalpa. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the group will offer a public concert at UNAN-León at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the group will play at the Fundación Luisa Mercado in Masatepe at 7 p.m., and wrap up their Nicaragua tour with a music class at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Rubén Darío National Theater in Managua.
The American Music Abroad program sends American musical groups overseas to engage with audiences and communities, especially underserved youth. American Music Abroad is part of the Department of State’s cultural diplomacy efforts, which support people-to-people connections and foster mutual understanding through the arts.
This season’s 12 participating American Music Abroad groups were selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to travel to more than 40 countries.