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Forty-something music director and tres (Cuban guitar) player Juan de Marcos González wasn’t satisfied with merely keeping son dance music alive with his group Sierra Maestra. So in ’96 González put four generations of Cuban musicians together as the Afro-Cuban All Stars to revitalize brassy, ’50s-originated, Havana floor-fillers and swaying rural rumbas. The recorded result was last year’s scintillating A Toda Cuba Le Gusta. While many supergroups end up as less than the sum of their members, González’s ensemble succeeds because the melodic and rhythmic elements of the songs never take a back seat to overly showy displays of technical prowess by the instrumentalists. While some CD participants, like legendary pianist Rubén González aren’t touring, enough are to keep the theater’s aisles filled with movement. At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-25. (202) 994-6800. (Steve Kiviat)