Presenting Afro-Venezuelan Music by Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo on October 21

On Saturday, October 21, Flushing Town Hall presents “the voice of Venezuela”, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo, for a colorful evening of Afro-Venezuelan dance and music. Guests can participate in a dance lesson before the performance.

Betsayda Machado grew up in the small village of El Clavo in Venezuela and performs with her village’s own multi-generational percussion band, La Parranda El Clavo. Together they perform tambor venezolano, a Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre. Many of their songs shed light on the challenges that Venezuelans are currently facing. Experience the passion, color, and contagious beats of this spirit-shaking show that is said to make dancers float.

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo made their New York City debut in January 2017, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, which called them, “The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted.”

The group has been performing throughout the country ever since, and they are currently celebrating their 30-year anniversary with a series of concerts and residencies from Denver to D.C.

This engagement of Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Flushing Town Hall is excited to have this vibrant group share their rhythm and vocals with our community. The evening will start with dance lessons at 7 PM, followed by a performance at 8 PM. Tickets are $16/$10 for members and students. To purchase tickets, please visit

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free with a student I.D. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

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