Latin American Festival


RUMBA STAGE - Live Performances:


TITO NIEVES – Known for such hit songs as "Sonambulo," "I Like It Like That," and "El Amor Mas Bonito," this Puerto Rican-born salsa music singer/multi-instrumentalist rose to fame during the 1980s and produced or contributed to nearly forty recordings between 1988 and 2013. Better known as “El Pavarotti de la Salsa,” (the Luciano Pavarotti of salsa music) he set himself apart by singing salsa in English and became a chart-topper in 1997 with mega hit "I Like It Like that". 


DESORDEN PUBLICO – is a ska/rock band founded in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela. The band's music mixes ska, Latin rock, reggae and traditional Latin music styles. The group's lyrics are known for commenting on Venezuela's and Latin America's politics and society. Influenced by the English 2 Tone movement, Desorden Público's embraces different languages and promotes racial and social tolerance. The band has a dozen or so releases to their name and have had platinum sales, No. 1 and top 10 hits. They have tours that have taken them all over Latin America, North America and Europe.


LOCOS POR JUANA –  a 2x Grammy Nominated, bilingual Jam-Band formed in Miami, FL in the year 2000 most notably recognized by their electrifying dynamism onstage and their unique take of Afro-Caribbean Music. Locos Por Juana’s sound is a distinct one, drawing from the members’ diverse backgrounds. The heart and soul of their hybrid style emanates from Colombia. Itagui and Javier were born in Colombia, and Mark is Miami-born of Colombian descent. As such, they incorporate the beloved sounds of their heritage and their upbringing, like Cumbia, Champeta and Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Mapale and Chande, reshaping them, breathing a new life into them, and giving them an altogether new identity. Also, Integral to Locos Por Juana’s style is the musical influence of Reggae, Dancehall and Ragga from Miami and the Caribbean; and Hip-Hop, Rock and Funk from the US.


CONGANAS - features some of the most talented and experienced players in the Los Angeles music scene today, not only do they perform with their own band but are also touring musicians with some of the greatest bands and musicians in the Latin Jazz, R & B, Pop and Soul genres. Conganas was formed in 2010 and is led by percussionist Christian Moraga originally from Chile. What started as a concept and challenge of replicating the sound of a full Latin orchestra with only a quartet has led to many performance opportunities in diverse venues throughout Southern, California. The band has quickly created their unique Latin sound and spellbinding shows to other cultural frontiers. Each of the band members executes a vital instrument and also sings, making this complicated task and particular sound, a sought out band


GONIN -  Esteban Gómez Vargas was born in 1988 in San José, Costa Rica. “Gonín”, as he was called by his brothers, decided to dedicate his life to singing when he was only 8 years-old. In 2008, Gonín started his career as a solo singer. He released several single  that were nominated for the "Los de la Casa" awards. His greatest musical growth took place in December, 2013. This is when his Hit “Playa, Montaña y Sol” was released. Nowadays, it is one of the most representative hits for his country. This hit open doors, not only in each corner of Costa Rica and large scenarios like the National Stadium, but also in the United States of America, Central America and Cuba. As a matter of fact, it has been the official theme for dancing groups in Japan, Europe, Colombia, Israel, and India among others. Currently Gonin is recognized as the most cheerful and representative of his country.


JAHLISTIC -  a 4-piece Latin, Reggae Roots band based from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Their sound is easy identified by the heavy Drum and Bass driven structures, Smooth Soulful Voices, and a strong Reggae Roots Rhythm Section.  Their sound is also highly influenced by their Latin Roots as three of the members are from South America.

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