Time: September 24, 2011 from 1pm to 9:30pm
Location: Old Town Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.cabq.gov/cultural-…
Event Type: salsa, food, music, &, dance
Organized By: Friends of Old Town
Latest Activity: Sep 24, 2011
Old Town Salsa Fiesta to Feature Hot Latin Bands
Headliner for September 24th Event is Famed Spanish Harlem Orchestra
ALBUQUERQUE NM—The 7th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta, dubbed “A Hot Time in Old Town,” will offer tasty salsa in two forms. First is the Homemade Salsa Competition featuring dozens of salsas made by local residents. To taste and judge which is the best, between the hours of 4 – 6:30 p.m. visitors to the event may purchase a $4 wristband, choose their favorite recipe, and cast what could be the deciding vote.
The second form of “hot salsa” will fill the air with the sound that gets everyone moving to the beat. Beginning at 1 p.m., Salsa bands will perform throughout Old Town to add spice to the occasion.
The musical highlight of the event moves the crowd to nearby Tiguex Park where from 8 – 9:30 p.m. the very popular Grammy-winning group Spanish Harlem Orchestra will end the day with a lively performance. The group is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin Jazz combos of the present day. Yet for all of its appeal and success with contemporary audiences, SHO’s success is actually rooted in the past. The 13-piece collective owes its front-line status to an unwavering respect for the music’s rich history and a tenacious adherence to the music’s enduring traditions. The group’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Their album “Viva La Tradición” won the 2010 Grammy® for "Best Tropical Latin Album." Their winnings also include the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, 2003 Latin Billboard Award for "Salsa Album of the Year-Best New Group,” and they were honored in 2002 with a Grammy nomination for "Best Salsa Album."
In Old Town, a number of salsa bands will perform in rotation in several locations.
Latin Cumbia, Salsa and Bachata band Sabor Canela is comprised of vocalists Felipe Ruibal and Omar Villanueva, who have been recognized for their talents by Albuquerque the Magazine and the New Mexico State Fair, respectively. With leader Omar Villanueva’s vistuosity on the requinto (Mexican guitar) and guitars strummed by Arnaldo Gutierrez and Felipe Ruibal, all backed by guests on congas and timbales, this band will be a memorable addition to the day.
Picoso specializes in Latin and “old school” rhythm and blues, funk and jazz. A collaboration of talented musicians, the group features Ray Avila on bass, Benito Encinias on keyboard, Pete Gabaldon on drums, Jerald Lujan on guitar, Steve Staton on congas and Teri Slack on vocals.
The band Candela features the music of Mexico, New Mexico and Latin America, blending a contemporary feel with respect for the original styles. The group consists of Sam Candelaria (requinto and vocals), Pat Candelaria (guitar and vocals), Bobby Espinoza (guitarron) and Christina Candelaria (vocals, percussion).