This 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 6: Eric Germán y su Orquesta

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

A well-known timbalero across the Massachusetts festival scene, Eric Germán and his 12-piece orchestra bring audiences to their feet with their high energy and swinging Salsa music. A prodigious musician, Germán has been performing since age 10 with renowned artists such as Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, and Tony Vega; and in 2017, he’s slated to release his debut solo album.


 July 13: Zayra Pola Zayra Pola_website

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

Dubbed “La reina del timbal” (the Queen of timbales) in Puerto Rico, Zayra Pola’s rhythmic beats and melodious voice puts a spell over the audience, so you won’t be able to resist dancing for her entire performance! A Berklee College graduate, Pola has performed with musical legends such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Cheo Feliciano, Grammy-winner Eguie Castrillo, and Grammy-winner Bill Whelan.


 July 20: Metrobar Project by Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos

Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St., Jamaica Plain

This dynamic duo introduces a new approach to world rhythms, combining the sounds of Hip-Hop, Brazilian Samba, and Cuban Makuta. Their energetic show blends drumming with life experiences to explore “the language of ethnic hand percussion.” The group also invites “aNova Brazil,” a 12-piece afrobrazilian drumming group, to join in the concert, as well as audience members, to create a powerful & collaborative experience for everyone.

 


July 27: Radio Calle 32

Mission Hill Playground, 1545 Tremont St., Roxbury

Born from a late night jam session at 32nd street in Boston, Radio Calle 32 includes artists from all corners of the world who will make you laugh, move, and dance with their upbeat & eclectic rhythms. This colorful mix of musicians, heats up any performance with an array of Latin music – playing anything from Latin top hits to salsa and merengue.

 


August 3: Jesús Pagán y Conjunto Barrio

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

Led by local star, Jesús Pagán, this 9-man band has played at some of the best Latin and Jazz Festivals in the world for nearly a decade. Performing a myriad of Latin styles, including salsa, jazz, merengue, bomba, cumbia, and more, their music has landed them on Top Ten Latin Song lists and earned them 3 award-mentions in the 2014 Latin Grammy’s.


August 10: Los Hacheros

Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner St., East Boston

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

This Puerto Rican & Cuban influenced band is reviving Latin folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha, and salsa by combining them with the fiery rhythms of bomba. Though only consisting of 6-musicians, this conjunto makes up for size with their explosive enthusiasm and are widely known for their improvisation that keeps audiences on their toes.

 

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