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Latin Music Concert Series

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Thursday, Jun 22

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Admission: $20/ $15 Mint members OR $100 VIP Table

Preregistration required


The Latin Music Concert Series seeks to showcase different music rhythms from Latin America and Spain, highlighting the talents of local musicians. From classical music to Latin jazz, these concerts will provide a taste of the variety of cultures from all corners of Latin America and beyond.

$20 Admission /  $15 Mint members
$100 VIP tables for up to four people includes a bottle of wine



A program featuring music from different parts of the world that have influenced the music of Latin America.


Enjoy complimentary beer samples!

Local brewery Free Range Brewing will be offering beer samples. Don't miss the chance of enjoying great music and great beer!



Frank Dominguez, General Manager of WDAV 89.9 FM Classical Radio



Greg LaBarbera, handpan (spacedrum)
James Brock, percussion
Eric Lovell, Indian sitar and Afghan rebab
2nd Hand Gypsies, traditional Arabic and Turkish music
The Tenya Coleman Trio, jazz


Amina, belly dance



Frank Dominguez

Since 1994 Frank has been a familiar voice to classical music listeners on WDAV.  Over the years he has played a crucial part in station programming decisions through his various roles as Announcer Coordinator, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, and currently General Manager & Content Director. His tenure at the station has seen its transition to a fully professional on air staff, several overhauls of its program schedule, and unprecedented growth in the station’s local programming, from the production of original local series such as Carolina Live, Reel Music, Open Air Brevard and The Charlotte Symphony In Performance, to the addition of the overnight Early Shift seven days a week. He has also directed or hosted a number of live concert broadcasts including the annual Charlotte Lessons & Carols from St. John’s each December. Frank is also the host and producer of Concierto, the nation’s first bilingual classical music program focusing on the Hispanic and Latino contribution to classical music. Currently the program airs on more than forty stations across the country. Because of his work on Concierto Frank was nominated for the Personality of the Year and Programmer of the Year awards at the 2012 Hispanic Radio Conference in San Diego.

Frank has served as a consultant to classical radio stations across the country through the Public Radio Program Directors association. He is currently an advisor to the Classical Music Rising project from the Station Resource Group, an initiative to strengthen classical music public radio stations. Prior to coming to WDAV, Frank began his radio career at 90.7 WFAE, where for eight years he hosted the popular Sunday evening music program, Nightscapes. In addition he has worked extensively in local theater as an actor and director, including productions for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, CAST, Theatre Charlotte and Opera Carolina. He holds a BFA in Theater from Adelphi University as well as MA and MFA degrees from the University of New Orleans.



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Greg LaBarbera

Greg LaBarbera is a life-long musician, as well as a yoga instructor and educator. He enjoys combining the elements of yoga, meditation and the sounds of his steel handpan, Native American flute, and guitar.  When he’s not playing in the yoga studio, you can find him playing guitar and singing with his band, Small Time Joe.   


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James Brock & Eric Lovell

James Brock is a multi-instrumentalist in the vast world of drums and percussion who creates new styles of music by taking the old traditional cultural origins of the world and fuses them together.

He is currently working on a world music documentary entitled Atlas: Origins of Folk, where musicians all around the globe offer their deepest talents in a collective work of original world fusion music. Several pre-releases can be found on YouTube.

James Brock’s instruments:

Udu - Origin Nigeria Africa
Nagara - Origin Rajasthan India
Kanjira - Origin South India

Eric Lovell

Eric Lovell is a multi-Instrumentalist, audio -engineer, producer, and Charlotte NC Native. He has 30 years of experience as a professional musician, twenty of them playing sitar (India), and fifteen playing the rebab (Afghanistan). The rebab is the national instrument of Afghanistan. It was gifted to Eric by a Lieutenant Colonel who used it to engage with locals while stationed there.

The Sitar was made in the late forties, prior to India’s Independence, determined by the street address on the maker’s mark on the instrument.

Eric Lovells' instruments:
Sitar - Origin India
Rebab - Origin Afghanistan


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2nd Hand Gypsies

2nd Hand Gypsies are a group of musicians with a passion for playing music of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. Inspired by the creative interaction with dancers, they primarily play with the Belly Dancers at Haflas. In the autumn you will find them at the Carolina Renaissance Festival where they are featured with The Roses of The Realm belly dance troupe.

The ensemble is under the artistic direction of Kirk Lohry aka Lodro Dawa (BA Music, Naropa University) who has been a student of world music since 1980. Lodro Dawa plays ney, kwala and bansuri flutes, zurna (mizmar,) and is also proficient on dumbek, riq, deft, and zills.

Joe Cathcart aka Abu Zous, studied Egyptian tabla (dumbek) with master drummers Souhail Kasper and Issam Houshan as well as with many others. He is also proficient in the riq and deft. His knowledge of the Arabic Orchestra arrangements and the sophisticated rhythmic changes brings a unique dynamic to the group.

Adam Bono aka Nacif, is the newest member of the ensemble. He has recently picked up the oud and is proficient on trumpet and guitar.



Amina – Belly Dancer

Amina started belly dancing in a mother/daughter team in 2005. Growing up taking ballet, tap, and jazz, Amina jumped at the chance to start dancing again. Dancing has improved her confidence, raised her self-esteem, and helped her discover the goddess within.

Amina is excited to be able to dance with different beautiful women.  Amina is currently an assistant teacher and choreographer at Lotus Dance Studios in Charlotte.  She has danced as a member of Beledi Beat, Amani Lotus, and the Jewels of the Caravan!



The Tenya Colemon Trio

Tenya Colemon

Tenya is in love with the art of vocal expression. This love can be heard in every note she sings. Beginning her professional music career in Charlotte, NC, Tenya has performed in Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Pasadena, CA. Colemon leads her own jazz ensemble which performs as a duo, trio or quartet. Tenya has opened for national headliners such as jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison and has graced the stage with acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Tenya is also a three-time Arts and Science Council Grant Recipient.


John Gurske

John Gurske graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. While there, he studied jazz history and performance with the legendary Richard Davis. After a 15 year career in the corporate world, Gurske became Betsy Gurske’s part-time business partner with Music.4.Life. In addition to running the business, teaching guitar and bass, John has been active as a jazz guitarist and arranger for many years, and can be seen performing with his trio at several venues in the Charlotte area.


Ron Brendle

Ron Brendle has been a freelance bassist in the Charlotte, NC, area since 1981, having been recognized by Charlotte Magazine as Best Bassist. Over the years, Brendle has performed with many top jazz artists who have found their way to the Queen City, many with diverse jazz backgrounds and styles such as Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse, and Mose Allison. One of his most frequent companions in the recording studio has been hard bop pianist and North Carolina native Frank Kimbrough. Together they have produced Hypermobility, Here, and Autumn, mostly for his Lo Note label. He has received three awards as Jazz Artist of the Year by Creative Loafing Magazine and is the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant.


Watch our latest Latin Music Concert video!

Credits: Juan Ossa, Photographer & Filmaker


About Free Range Brewing Co.

Our adventures in beer making are as varied and dynamic as the seasons and environment around us; from big city foraging to quiet farmland harvests. We prefer to let the ingredients dictate the process, whether in a brettanomyces fermented blackberry wild ale, juicy hop-bombing IPA or a sourdough-bread fermented farmhouse ale. So let your taste buds roam!



Bilingual and Latino Initiatives are kindly sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Latin Music Concert Series is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, The Rodriguez Family Foundation, and 89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio.

Complimentary beer samplings kindly provided by Free Range Brewing Co.


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Cancellation Policy
Payment (minus a 20% administration fee) will be refunded, only if the cancellation is submitted to the museum five business days prior to the first class or day of the event/program.  Due to limited space, a spot cannot be held without full payment.