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Latin American Folk Singers Headline West Bay Cafe at St. Kevin’s March 9

[CREDIT: West Bay Chorale] Czésare Santana and Hugo González Koppman headline the West Bay Chorale's West Bay Cafe March 9 at St. Kevin’s Church.
[CREDIT: West Bay Chorale] Czésare Santana and Hugo González Koppman headline the West Bay Chorale's West Bay Cafe March 9 at St. Kevin’s Church.
[CREDIT: West Bay Chorale] Czésare Santana and Hugo González Koppman headline the West Bay Chorale’s West Bay Cafe March 9 at St. Kevin’s Church.

WARWICK, RI — The West Bay Chorale’s annual spring coffee house concert, West Bay Café, is back, this time at their new, more spacious home, St. Kevin Church, with headliners Czésare Santana and Hugo González Koppman

performing Latin American folk and love songs at their new Warwick home, St. Kevin’s Church.

Santana, a singer-songwriter of Latin Alternative Folk/World Music, hails from the Dominican Republic, and lives in Providence. Koppman, a vocalist originally from Chile, also lives in Providence.

“We’re really excited about them,” said Jeni Luther, West Bay Chorale president.

The two often play as a duo in Pawtuxet Village tea house Schastea, and International House, among other venues.

“Hugo is a wonderful singer,” said Luther,” He does these glowing, luminous folk songs.”

The second half of the show will feature performances by West Bay Chorale members and friends singing, performing dance or poetry, and playing instruments. One additional performer will be the Chorale’s

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accompanist, John Boutcher, a skilled pianist and teacher who is invaluable to the Chorale, said Luther.

“There will be a nice mix of entertainment and every time we’ve held this event, people are dismayed by how quickly the night has gone, wanting to stay and hear more. It is really a fun evening out,” said Luther.

Regarding the Chorale’s move away from their former home at Edgewood Congregational Church in Cranston, Luther said the move was necessary to accommodate the group’s growing following.

“We just needed to find a place that could handle a larger crowd,” Luther said, adding that Edgwood was a “wonderful” home for the group.

The West Bay Cafe will be held in the hall at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick March 9, from 7 – 9:15 p.m. Tickets, available at the West Bay Chorale website, are $17 in advance by March 2, and $20 at Door ($10 Children).