Bronx Salsa Fest

Friday, August 2, 6pm-11pm
Salsa Fest KICK-OFF
Screening of documentary followed by a Salsa Dance Party
The biggest Fania All Stars show of all time took place far away from the epicenter of salsa- The Bronx. In 1974, the band was invited to participate in a huge music festival that took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. Fania All Stars Live in Africa gives Fania aficionados a unique opportunity to experience the salsa movement at its absolute apex.
Stay for an evening of dance with fellow salseros as we officially kick off the month-long celebration.
Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 856 River Avenue. FREE (cash bar)
PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE

Sunday, August 4, 1pm – 5pm
Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series Presents*
Frankie Morales in a tribute to Tito Puente
Presented by WPAT 93.1 FM / WSKQ 97.9 FM
Orchard Beach Stage FREE

Starting August 5 and all month long,
Celebrate Latino musicians and Latin heritage at
The Woodlawn Cemetery
Among those at rest in the 400-acre burial ground are many individuals who took great pride in their Latin heritage and made great contributions to the growth and diversity of New York. Heroes, artists, entertainers, businessleaders and sports figures are among those in Woodlawn’s care. From cultural icons like the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz, and her long-time collaborator, Tito Puente, to political revolutionaries such as Ambrosio Gonzales, the first to shed blood in the fight for Cuba’s independence. A self-guided walk of the cemetery will uncover little-known connections among our “permanent residents” that speak to the cultural and historical heritage of Latinos in America. The guide is available for FREE to all members of the public, and can be picked up at the Webster Avenue administration building as well as the Jerome Avenue and Webster Avenue security boothsFREE; for more info, call 718-920-1469 or email cpena@thewoodlawncemetery.org.

 

Thursday, August 8, 6:30pm
The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy Presents
Barefoot Dancing: Live Music and Salsa lessons
Learn to dance on lush green grass. The Lorenz Dance Studio, featuring Carlos Ortiz, will perform and provide salsa lessons for the public with live musical accompaniment. The event is free and open to all ages.
Lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum (enter at 246th and Broadway) FREE

Sunday, Saturday, August 10, 12pm- 3pm
Salsa Dance Party sponsored by the Westchester Square BID
The dance party will feature Salsa Star Chris Alfinez who has worked with artists such as George Lamond, La India, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez.   The party continues with performances by local salsa dance troupes and music by our one and only DJ Nitro.  Salsa lessons will be ongoing throughout the event.  Bring your dancing shoes, because the party will be non-stop!
Owen Dolen Park, 2551 Westchester Avenue (Intersection of Westchester Avenue and East Tremont, 200 feet north of Westchester Square subway station) FREE
** No rain date; if inclement weather please call 718-597-4629 to confirm or log onto WSBID.org**

Sunday, August 11, 1pm – 5pm
Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series Presents*
Michael Stuart featuring Tito Puente last lead singer and original band members in 2007. He is active in the music business and participates on stage productions in Puerto Rico.

Presented by WPAT 93.1 FM / WSKQ 97.9 FM
Orchard Beach FREE

Wednesday, August 14, 7pm – 8pm
Milteri Tucker/Bombazo Dance
A mix of folkloric, contemporary and social styles of dance draws on the American and Latino experience
Wave Hill, 249th Street and Independence Avenue
$8 admission. Free for members. Visit www.wavehill.org

Thursday, August 15, 8pm
WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center Presents

Ray Martínez and Cuerda y Tambo
A prominent bassist/arranger in the contemporary Latin and Salsa music scenes with a percussive style that is both melodic and hard-driving, Ray Martínez has composed, arranged, recorded, and performed with Latin jazz legend Mongo Santamaria. He has also recorded and performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Barreto, Johnny Pacheco, and others. As the leader and creator of his own salsa band, Conjunto Tipico Criollo, Martínez has produced three albums and was a member of the Buddha Latin Jazz All Stars. Additionally, he was chosen to participate in several recordings with Paul Simon and has performed in two world tours with David Byrne, founding member and principal songwriter of the Talking Heads.

The BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. (Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street.)
suggested donation of $5 for each performance

 

Friday, August 16, 8pm
WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center Presents
the film: Our Latin Thing and Q&A with director Leon Gast
Academy Award winner Leon Gast (“When We Were Kings,” 1996) presents his 1972 documentary featuring the sounds of New York’s top Latin bands in the 1960s and 1970s. Paying tribute to the legendary Fania All-Stars, the film presents an assortment of the group’s biggest hits from artists such as Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, and Johnny Pacheco which helped popularize the genre to a wide-scale audience.
The BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. (Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street.)
Suggested donation of $5 for each performance

Saturday, August 17, 12pm – 6pm
Morrison Avenue Festival
Join the community for music, food, and summer fun. Performances by:  José Alberto “El Canario,” Los Hermanos Colon y Angelo y su Conjunto Modelo
Morrison Avenue and Westchester. FREE

Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm
WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center Presents
Palabras/Words: Reading from Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente by author Joe Conzo with special guests
As Tito’s confidant and chronicler for nearly 40 years, Joe Conzo has put together a comprehensive biography replete with captivating anecdotes from their lengthy friendship. Along with journalist David A. Pérez, Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente details both the public persona of the widely popular and sometimes combative King of Latin Music, while also highlighting many deeply personal moments of Puente’s rise to fame from the East Harlem barrio. Conzo will conduct a Q&A as well as a book signing as part of the event.
The BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. (Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street.)
suggested donation of $5 for each performance

Saturday, August 17, 8pm
The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Presents:
ISMAEL MIRANDA: 45 AÑOS DE TRAYECTORIA (45 years
With Special Guests ANDY MONTAÑEZ and PAQUITO GUZMÁN
Puerto Rican Ismael Miranda became involved in popular music at a young age, participating in different local bands before teaming up with Andy Harlow. He debuted in 1967 with the release of an album recorded along with Joey Pastrana, featuring the hit “Rumbón Melon.” In 1973, Ismael Miranda joined Fania All-Stars, getting the nickname of “Niño Bonito” (Pretty Boy) due to his youthfulness. Later, he assembled his own orquestra called La Revelación, releasing a successful full-length record titled Asi Se Compone Un Son. He toured around the world soon after.

LEHMAN CENTER for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West Bronx, New York 10468
Tickets: $60, $55, $45
Buy Tickets online at www.lehmancenter.org/buy-tickets

Sunday, August 18, 1pm – 5pm
Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series Presents*
Hector Lavoe Tribute, with Original Band Members
Presented by WPAT 93.1 FM / WSKQ 97.9 FM
Orchard Beach FREE

Sunday, August 25, 1pm – 5pm
Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series Presents*
Toby Love
Presented by WPAT 93.1 FM / WSKQ 97.9 FM
Orchard Beach FREE

Sunday, August 25, 2-4PM

A Tribute to the Memory of Ibrahim González
Woodlawn Conservancy, BronxNet, and The Bronx Tourism Council celebrate the memory of Ibrahim Gonzalez, a tour de force within the Bronx arts and cultural community. Mr. Gonzalez passed away in June and was laid to rest in The Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring his legacy, a Proclamation from the Bronx Borough President’s office will be presented, Sandra Maria Estevez will present an original poem penned for Mr. Gonzalez, and Latin jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill will perform. All members of the public are welcome to join in this afternoon of remembrance and celebration.
Woolworth Chapel at The Woodlawn Cemetery via Jerome Ave. entrance. FREE; for more info, call 718-920-1469 or email cpena@thewoodlawncemetery.org.

 

 

*Performers subject to change

 

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