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Pedrito Martínez Group

Pedrito Martínez Group

Saturday, March 23
7:30pm in Stewart Theatre

$35-$40 | $10 NC State Students | $20 Faculty/Staff

IMPORTANT: Always purchase your tickets through our website or box office. Tickets obtained from unauthorized online sources may be stolen, counterfeit and/or extremely overpriced.

If you prefer to buy your tickets in person, the box office will be open one hour before showtime for cashless sales (subject to availability). You can also make an appointment with Ticket Central by emailing

Pedrito Martínez…is a source of rhythmic delight and inspiration… an incomparable performer… a traditional Afro-Cuban music superstar.” 

The New York Times

About the Event

Get ready for an NC State LIVE fan favorite! With his hypnotic drumming and captivating personality, Pedrito Martínez is one of those special artists who our audiences ask for time and time again. Martínez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1973 in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood where rumba is played all day long, and began his musical career at the age of 11, with a foundation in the rumba and Afro Cuban Yoruba traditions.

Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with some of the biggest names in music – Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and Sting – and has contributed to over 75 albums.

A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, he is the first call for dozens of Cuban rumba groups. If you’re a Pedrito fan or a newbie, come get swept away by his Afro-Cuban rhythms.


Before Pedrito heats up the stage, join us in NC State’s 1887 Bistro for an elegant three-course prix fixe meal inspired by the cuisine of Cuba. Dinner is $45.95 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer. Doors open at 5:00pm. Reservations required. Reserve online or at the box office when you buy your concert ticket.

dinners sharing a meal in 1887 bistro
Faculty, students and staff enjoy lunch at the 1887 bistro at the Talley Student Union. Photo by Marc


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.

It Takes a Village

NC State LIVE is supported in part by grants from the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.