|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
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
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
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.