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Juan Cruz-Barrios

Company editor and mentor.

June 28, 2004


Summer Musical Fun 2004

Several days into the 2004 summer and numerous musical events have already come and gone. In the meantime, our troops are still in Iraq, with no end in sight, in spite of America’s political handover to Iraq’s interim government. The economy is said to be improving, but I don’t know anyone to this point that feels this so call improvement. I guess just like reagonomics, it’s supposed to eventually trickle down. Nevertheless, with the summer just beginning, we can still look to the forthcoming musical events as a welcomed relief from all that we’ve had to endure over this past year.
Inclusive in our summer plans, the one thing that many of us have in common is thinking about the free tropical live musical performances that we'll be treated to throughout the summer. In the big apple and surrounding states, there will be an abundance of free live music to entertain us, to dance and party to, and yes, even to romance to.
Among those events and festivities that have already passed us by are the:
· Bronx 152nd st. festival;
· Manhattan 116th St. festival;
· International Puerto Rican Day Parade; and
· Several at the South Stree Seaport.

Have no fear, the weeks and months to come will treat us to an abundance of terrific musical enjoyment that awaits us this summer. The flood gates of tropical music have already been released, to bring us a summer long, musical feast throughout the tri-state area.

Here is a rundown on the dates and places of this cornucopia of "nuestra musica" that is yet to come:
Ø South Street Seaport Music Festival: (6pm-9pm)
Wednesday, June30th Jose “El Canario” Alberto

Friday, July 9th Hector Tricoche

Friday, August 13th Tiempo Libre

September shows are to be announced at a later date.

Ø Tropical Music Festival at Orchard Beach: (6pm-9pm)
July 4, 11, 18;
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Ø Tropical Music Festival at Bryant Park
July 9, 16, 23, 30;
August 6, 13, 20.

These venues charge no admission, yet provide us with the opportunity of sizzling to the vibrant and passionate sounds of mesmerizing Latin rhythms. Along with these tropical music festivals, you'll also find other free musical events throughout the summer, such as those of the Latino radio stations, along with local neighborhood events.

There is no doubt that you will be getting to hear salsa, merengue and Latin jazz performed by some of today's hottest international recording artists at absolutely no cost to you.

Nevertheless, the local neighborhood festivals may also display local performers that merit attention for their impressive presentations. As a matter of fact, I just finished serving as master of ceremony for a local event this past weekend.
This event runs from June 25th through July 2nd and is a street festival that took place at 175th Street and Southern

Boulevard in the Bronx. Tanima Production, Inc. under the leadership of Nereida Medina and her community associates produce the festival, in celebration of "San Juan Batista," the patron saint of Puerto Rico.
Now I’m going to conclude with what I consider desert, saving the best for last. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the new kid on the block, not that Eddie Rodriguez, the producer of this event by any means is new to this music business.
I’m talking about the Budweiser sponsored Summer Nights Latin Concert Series at the “Museo del Barrio.” Here I was turned on to what I can only describe as a hot, smoking, explosive Eddie Pamieri & La Perfecta II concert. In addition to the master Palmieri, the band included Nelsom Gonzalez, Alfredo de la Fe, and Willy Torres among others greats. Here is the line-up of this great concert series:

July 1 – Hilton Ruiz
July 8 – Larry Harlow & The Latin Legends
July 15 – Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye
July 22 – Jose Mangual Jr. & Jimmy Sabater
July 29 Chembo Corniel & “Chaworo”
August 5 – Son Café
August 12 – Johnny Colon
August 19 Oro Solido
August 26 Treibute to Tito Puente with Dave Valentin & The Farnkie Morales Orchestra.

While this event is free, admission is by ticket only. Tickets are distributed on day of event from 11:00am to 3:oopm, with a limit of two tickets per person.
So if you're looking to have a good time, weather it's just to listen, dance, or party, don't hesitate to be an intricate, positive part of anyone of these productions. It's a safe bet you will have a great time.