Musica Latina – upcoming concerts in LA and Houston.
Los Angeles and Houston,
being the first and third (respectively) American city when it comes to
Latino population are particularly rich in Latin Music. We thought you
might like to know what’s happening around the town in that regards..
Marco Antonio Solis who comes to the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sunday, Aug 23 started his career at the age of 12 as one half of Los Hermanitos Solis. As lead singer and chief songwriter of Los Bukis, Solis became known in the industry for outside writing and producing for popular singers such as Marisela and Rocio Durcal. In 1996, after almost 20 years of working with the group, he decided to pursue a solo career. As a solo artist he has remained wildly popular in his native Mexico as well as in countries throughout Latin America and Spain. In the United States, Solis has been successful, with over thirty entries on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, including multiple number one hits. His albums have also been successful within the U.S. Latin community. He also remains a sought-after record producer, having worked with Olga Tanon, Laura Flores, and most recently Enrique Iglesias and Anais, among others. Joining Marco Antonio Solis on stage is ranchera singer Pepe Aguilar, born in the U.S. but raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, son of recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, Pepe Aguilar was influenced and supported by his parents to start singing. He reached the stage for the first time at the age of three, performing at New York's Madison Square Garden two years later. In 1990, Aguilar debuted as a solo singer, with his album, Pepe Aguilar con tambora; the album gained him some celebrity in Mexico and Latin America. He went on to release a number of CDs through the 1990s, and became a producer, starting two record labels and producing songs for Lupita D'Alessio, Lupe Pineda, and Julieta Venegas, among others. In 2002, Aguilar became the first Mexican regional music singer to perform at Los Angeles' well-known Hollywood Bowl. He was also the first Hispanic to sing at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater. Two stories, two legends, and one evening filled with emotions, love songs and mariachi tunes.
In 1954 Beatrice Handel moved to Dallas from Cleveland, determined to organize a civically supported theater oriented to presenting fine drama and teaching people how to do it. John Rosenfield was the only one to “buy” the idea. He was the powerful amusements editor for The Dallas Morning News and he was just as interested in making art happen in his native city as he was in covering it. He called a meeting of ten people on Mrs. Handel's porch on August 19, 1954. Less than a week later a second meeting took place. The Dallas Theater Center, as it later became known, was conceived.
Los Angeles has much to offer when it comes to Latin music concerts. The biggest and most respected cultural institutions like LACMA present us with series of Latin music concerts that are not only first class but also free. Here’s what LACMA has for us until the end of the hot hot summer in Latin Sounds series.
On August 1 @ 5 pm in Hancock Park the top recording artist Freddie Revel will bring us his unique blend of tropical rhythms, jazz textures, and rock rhythms. The keyboardist began his career with Sergio Mendes at the age of twenty-three and he has gone on to record such radio favorites as Midnight Passion and Sol to Soul. Ravel was recently awarded the Los Angeles Award of Recognition for his Tune Up To Success program and contributions to the city.
Lucky 7 is coming to share their music in Hancock Park on August 8. Inspired by the multiethnic music fusion of 1950s and '60s Spanish Harlem, Lucky 7 brings to the West Coast the high energy sounds of the classic mambo. The band is inspired by old-school greats like Jimmy Sabater, Cheo Feliciano, and Joe Cuba. This uniquely American-made style draws the best of Cuban son, African-American jazz and Puerto Rican soul.
Tango singer Esther Segovia began her career as the lead vocalist for the folklore group Romantico Sur. She has recorded a number of albums, including a dream recording project with El Maestro, Jose Luis "Pepe" Motta, in her homeland of Buenos Aires. This production is a collection of unforgettable songs within the Tango genre like "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron," "Garufa," and "Soy La Segovia, Soy El Gotan," written by Argentinean composer Lito Solanas. Esther will sing in Hancock Park on August 15.
Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad will come to the Hanckock Park on August 22, to close the Latin Sounds series. Johnny Polanco is one of the most sought-after bandleaders in the U.S. He has gained the distinction for making the type of contagious Latin music that is truly appreciated by salsa dancers worldwide. Polanco has been performing concerts the world over for nearly thirty-five years and has worked with such artists as Cachao, Tito Puente, Jr., Charlie Zaa, Ray De La Paz, Tito Nieves and many others.
The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Salsa Music Festival is the # 1 Salsa event of the Summer featuring top name International Tropical Salsa artists at the most beautiful outdoor amphitheatre in all of Southern California The Greek Theatre on August 22nd. This year's event brings together great talent with diverse musical styles for your listening pleasure. From Puerto Rico (celebrating 60 years on the bandstand ) El Gran Combo will perform their hits made famous all over the world plus from Miami a performance by the hardest working showman in the business Cuban born Willy Chirino and his Orchestra who will perform his greatest hits.To balance the night NYC influenced Legends of Fania Records Puerto Rican singer Ismael Miranda, Puerto Rican Folk guitarist Yomo Toro, Cuban born violinist Altredo De La Fe and singer Junior Gonzales will perform their hits under the musical direction of composer / arranger Isidro Infante. The music will be hot and a great night of Salsa music under the stars is guaranteed. Bring the family.