MEMBERS of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club met their match, literally, when they visited Sheffield.
The band accepted an invitation to lunch at Cubana tapas bar in Trippet Lane – a regular haunt during their City Hall concerts – to be greeted by a surprise exhibition of artwork, featuring themselves.
“It was great to see the look on their faces when they saw the oil paintings we were exhibiting in their honour,” said Cubana’s co-owner Adrian Bagnioli.
“Being humble people, they were delighted with the exhibit and even more pleased to meet John.”
Artist John Wilsher was thrilled with their reaction, declaring: “This is one of the most memorable days of my life.”
A retired teacher at Myers Grove School, he is an accomplished artist, specialising in blues, jazz and rock art.
This is the fourth time Cubana has played host to the Buena Vista Social Club, whose style helped to launch the restaurant a decade ago.
Adrian, who has built up a friendship with many of the group over the years, laid on lunch followed by dancing.
“This year, instead of coming down after the show, they had time to relax and sip a mojito, even smoke a nice Cuban cigar while sampling our authentic Latin cuisine.
“It was a home from home!” he said.