Melissa Etheridge and Ben Folds team with Music & Arts live 2017

For the first-time ever, MELISSA ETHERIDGE and BEN FOLDS will each host a fan camp experience in Havana, Cuba, in conjunction with event producer Music & Arts Live. This marks an historic career first for each artist. In an unprecedented move, the country has opened its arms to these performers and fans, providing the backdrop for a truly unique, undeniable, and unforgettable experience.

These icons will be joined by guests for four days and four nights of adventure, sightseeing, fine cuisine, dancing and music in Cuba. Guests will stay at theMelia Miramar Hotel in Havana. In between an itinerary packed with sightseeing and cultural experiences, the artists will perform both intimate private concerts and public shows alongside some of the country’s finest musicians. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to visit this coveted destination with a legend of their choice.

Ben Folds’ Havana Getaway is May 25-29 and includes a photography workshop led by Folds for photo aficionados of all levels, and even smartphone shooters. Melissa Etheridge’s M.E. In Havana is scheduled for June 22-26 and will also raise awareness regarding the country’s LGBTQ community. Both artists will also host music workshops for guests.

Engaging A-list local talent, Folds will team with Cuban musicians including El Noro, Otto Santana, Annie Garcés, and Interactivo, while Etheridge joins forces with Canelas, Haydée Milanés, and William Vivanco. Obini Bata performs at both respective events.

“I’ve wanted to go to Cuba since I saw that sign on Key West saying the country is only 90 miles away,” Etheridge exclaims. “I want everyone to be ready for an amazing musical journey. We’re going to come back so much more full than we ever were.”

Folds comments, “Cuba has always seemed like a magical place to me. I’ve been inspired by the culture and art for as long as I can remember. This is going to be an incredible opportunity to experience the magic of Cuba firsthand.”

Signing up immediately is encouraged, as the events will sell out soon!

For more information and to purchase packages online, go to and

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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