Basie Center announces annual, traditional celebration of Cinco de Mayo


RED BANK – The Count Basie Center for the Arts and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company have announced a one-night-only production of Puebla: The Story Of Cinco de Mayo on May 6th at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, located at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.

Tickets, priced at $25, are on sale now through, phone charge at 732-842-9000 and the Basie box office, located onsite on Monmouth Street.

This new story, produced by Calpulli Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera, tells of the impossible Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Folk and native traditions in song and dance will guide the audience through the influences that led to the famous battle, its heroes, and the undeniable Mexican spirit that continues to inspire us today. Live music, traditional and contemporary dance, and meticulous costuming capture the essence of the French and Mexican characters that defined history.

“The Story of Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for us to talk about who and what the date actually represents especially to young people growing up in the U.S.A.,” says Calpulli’s Herrera. “We love our community students at the Count Basie Center for the Arts and we are so happy to share this story with them.”

Puebla: The Story Of Cinco de Mayo is the latest Basie presentation to celebrate the true, cultural significance behind the national Mexican holiday. In years past, the historic theater has hosted performances from world-renowned Mariachi artists and other artists of Mexican origin. The Basie and Calpulli organizations also provide traditional Mexican dance instruction at the arts center. For more information on classes, call 732-224-8778 x 125.