TitoPuentesConcert_Sonatempo_0789 copyThis summer do something different. Enjoy the weather as you listen to some of the best Latin music throughout various parks in the city. The six-concert Tito Puente Latin Music Series presents a soundscape of live Latin music with a strong salsa influence. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists.

All the concerts start at 7pm. They are completely free and open to everyone. Don’t miss this chance to dance, have fun, and truly take advantage of the season!

 

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July 7: Latin Logic Band IMG_0696 copy

O’Day Park, 85 W. Newton St., South End

Rain site: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St., South End

Combining the sounds of their Costa Rican and Venezuelan origins, this duo plays a special brand of Latin, Jazz, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Having been near and far, exploring remote corners of the world while spreading their music, their style has retained a unique quality making for a welcomed addition to the typical Latin sounds you hear around the city — and a Grammy Award nomination.


 July 14: Mango BlueWT Alex Alvear 1 copy

O’Day Park, 85 W. Newton St., South End

Rain site: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St., South End

Led by the renowned Alex Alvear, Mango Blue has become an award-winning Afro-Latin music ensemble. Alvear does it all as composer, singer, bassist, and arranger while bringing a little of Ecuador, his country of birth, to Boston. With his unique compositions he has been a driving force in New England’s Latin music scene, making him one of the most accomplished Latino artists in the city.


 July 21: Conjunto Chévere  ElGrupoChevere

Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St., Jamaica Plain

It all started in 1994, right here in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. El Conjunto Chévere has moved away from their original bachata and ballads towards a more lively expression of their roots; and have combined the sounds of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Curacao, and Cuba in an explosive mix of salsa and merengue.

 


July 28: Clave & BluesClave and Blues copy

Mission Hill Playground, 1545 Tremont St., Roxbury

An authentic Cuban sound mixed with other contemporary influences has earned this local band a significant following across New England. Includes professional musicians from Berklee College and is directed by Cuban Pianist Anibal Cruz who graduated at ISA University of Arts in Havana, Cuba.

 


August 4: Orquesta Homenaje DSC_0113-2-C[1] copy

O’Day Park, 85 W. Newton St., South End

Puerto Rican percussionist Frankie Rodríguez has been a mainstay in the New England music scene as the go-to bandleader whenever salsa superstars are performing in the region. His band, Orquesta Homenaje, joins forces with some of the most talented performers and offers an exciting blend of salsa.

Rain site: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St., South End


August 11: The Remedy

LoPresti Park, 33 Summer St., East Boston

Rain site: Zumix, 260 Summer St., East Boston

This 6 piece  band is taking contemporary pop and reggaeton and transforming it into what they call tropical pop. They blend salsa’s biggest hits with current trends resulting in remarkable numbers that will make you move. Their special bond is apparent in all of their music, as they were friends at Berklee College of Music before deciding to form the band.

 

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