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Summer Concert Series Highlights Two Vastly Different Rolling Stones Cultural Moments

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon

By John Wharton

Now that the expat “snowbirds” of San Miguel de Allende have gone north, Shelter Theater once again shows its appreciation for the residents who live here year-round by giving back to the community it loves with its Summer Concert Series, including two Rolling Stones concerts greatly separated not only by time but also tone.

Kicking things off this Saturday, Shelter presents The Rolling Stones: Live in Havana, which documents when the British rockers attracted a million people to a concert the same week as President Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba in 88 years.

The Stones took to the stage in front of an ecstatic crowd under a perfect Havana moon, and enacted a cultural moment. Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd with, “Finally the times are changing, Cuba. We are so happy to be here.”

The Daily Telegraph calls this concert, “an epic and history-making performance!” See the magic for yourself on Shelter’s big screen with surround-sound stereo!

Friday, May 24 at 5 pm, Gimme Shelter: This documentary of The Rolling Stones’s 1969 US tour spotlights a very different cultural moment, a harrowing symbol of the tragic demise of the 1960s “peace and love” era.

Called by some the greatest rock film ever made, this documentary captures the moment 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hell’s Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway and transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment.

Friday, May 17 at 5pm, Buena Vista Social Club: Musicians Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in Cuban music, some in their nineties, to collaborate on a best-selling album. This film documents that experience. According to Boulder Weekly, “The music is incredible enough on its own—but the lives and the culture behind it, that’s what makes this documentary a must-see!”

Every Tuesday at 7pm, Open Mic: If you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! A different group of amateurs and professionals perform each week. Locals call it the “Cheers Bar” of San Miguel. You can do (almost) anything you want with your 10 minutes. Admission is 80 pesos for audience members and 60 pesos for performers and includes a drink.

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! Visit for a map, information on events, and to purchase online tickets. Send questions and comments to Find Shelter’s logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. Please respect the artists; no-show tickets may be released at showtime.


Documentary and Discussion

Buena Vista Social Club

Fri, May 17, 5pm

100 pesos


Concert on Screen

The Rolling Stones: Live in Havana

Sat, May 18, 5pm

100 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, May 21, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


Concert on Screen

Gimme Shelter

Fri, May 24, 5pm


All events are in the Shelter Theater

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