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Saturday, August 16, 2014

TODAY: Morrison Avenue Festival Dedicated to Jose 'Cheo' Feliciano

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the Annual Morrison Avenue Festival, which is dedicated this year in memory to music legend Jose 'Cheo' Feliciano who died last April after a fatal accident in Puerto Rico. Domingo Quiñones and Raulin Rosendo are among the artists who will be participating in this special tribute to Cheo Feliciano.

The festival is from noon to 6 pm on Morrison Avenue (between Westchester and Watson avenues).


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

The Puerto Ricans are coming. Hope to see some of you join us in the Bronx. ) Home of the largest Puerto Rican population in New York City. WEPA!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer in the Bronx Means SALSA

Music Series will feature all-star performances


El Condado de la Salsa (the borough of Salsa) will, once again, celebrate the music, the dance, and the artists in a month-long festival.

Presented jointly by the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and The Bronx Tourism Council, SalsaFest begins with the Orchard Beach Sizzling Salsa Summer Concert Series on Sunday. “We’ll be dancing under the sun, in the streets, and barefoot in the grass this summer” says Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council.

Events include concerts, dance lessons, street fairs, book readings and panel discussions throughout the borough.

Here is the lineup:

AUGUST 1 - 31 9AM – 5PM | FREE
LATIN & HISPANIC HERITAGE SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Celebrate the legacy of Latinos interred at The Woodlawn Cemetery! This self-guided tour features cultural icons from the “Queen of Salsa,” CELIA CRUZ to political revolutionaries such as AMBROSIO GONZALES, the first to shed blood in the fight for Cuba’s independence.
Presented by The Woodlawn Conservancy.
Woodlawn Cemetery, 4199 Webster Avenue.
www.woodlawnconservancy.org

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 1PM – 5PM | FREE
ORCHARD BEACH SIZZLING SALSA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS MAMBO LEGENDS
The former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra have re-invented themselves as the MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA, bringing together amazing talent driven by a commitment to keeping the Salsa sounds
of the 50’s and 60’s thriving.
Orchard Beach Stage

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 7PM - 8PM | FREE WITH ADMISSION TO GROUNDS
SUNSET MUSIC: LOS MONSTRITOS (YOUNG MONSTERS)
Los Monstritos are young "monsters" percussion virtuosos who hurtle headlong into a variety of Latin music genres—from plena to boogaloo, from bomba to bachata and salsa, from rumba to merengue. To these styles, they add their own twist, reflecting the hip-hop and regaaeton rhythms of their Bronx neighborhoods. The members are NELSON MATTHEW GONZALEZ, scion of one of the great families of Afro-Puerto Rican music; ORESTE ABRANTES, a Cuban Puerto Rican powerhouse conguero; and JASON GONZALEZ, bongo virtuoso.
Wave Hill, W 249th Street
www.wavehill.org

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 6:30PM – 8PM| FREE
BAREFOOT DANCING AT VAN CORTLANDT PARK
Van Cortlandt Park welcomes ¡RETUMBA!, a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble. Live music and free salsa lessons.
Sponsored by Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy & Lehman College.
Lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum (enter at 246th and Broadway)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 12PM- 7PM | FREE
CASITA MARIA FESTIVAL
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education will celebrate its 80th anniversary by hosting a street festival that will attract youth and families from across The Bronx and beyond. Over 1,000 community members as well as dance and music enthusiasts will enjoy performances by local and international talent, games and conversation. Throughout the afternoon, Simpson Street will be jumping with Latino, African and Hip Hop music and dance, focusing on salsa and hip hop, which have roots in the South Bronx. Supervised play areas will be provided for families with very young children.
928 Simpson Street, www.casitamaria.org

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 1PM – 5PM | FREE
ORCHARD BEACH SIZZLING SALSA SUNDAYS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS* TIPICA 73
TÍPICA 73 took the Latin Music world by storm during the nascent and thriving New York Latin jazz and salsa scene in the early 1970s. Salseros the world over come together dance to the nostalgic rhythms of this well-known Charanga band.
Orchard Beach Stage

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 6PM – 8PM | FREE
SALSA GRAPHICS: THE ART OF VISUAL CLAVE
PABLO YGLESIAS, author of Cocinando: 50 Years of Latin Album Cover Art (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005) will give a slide lecture on the subject of Latin album cover art, with a focus on the evolution of LP cover design from the 1950s to the 1980s, concentrating on the New York scene and the Fania umbrella of labels. He will talk about various themes in cover art, as well as the artists and designers who brought the covers to a new level in the modern era.
The Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab
1303 Louis Nine Blvd.
www.whedco.org/Arts/BMHC-Lab

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 12PM – 6PM | FREE
MORRISON AVENUE FESTIVAL
Join thousands of visitors as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Morrison Avenue Street festival. Food, fun and music as Salsa & Merengue bands take the stage from noon until 6.
Morrison Avenue and Westchester

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 6PM – 9PM | FREE
BRONX SALSA MONTH AND 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FANIA
BRONX RISING! Music, dance, film, and art, featuring Bronx artists.
The Bronx Music Heritage Center will celebrate Fania's legacy with a screening of El Cantante, the story of Fania legend HECTOR LAVOE, produced by Jennifer Lopez and starring her and Marc Anthony. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Gilberto "Pulpo" Colón and José Mangual, who were members of Hector Lavoe's band. The evening will end with a performance by Mr. Colón's band, ENSALADA DE PULPO.
Please note: El Cantante is Rated R.
6:00-8:00 Screening of El Cantante followed by a Q&A
8:00-9:00 Concert: Ensalada de Pulpo
BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd.
www.whedco.org/Arts/BMHC-Lab

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 8PM
WILLIE COLÓN: DE VUELTA AL BARRIO
By special request from the salseros; WILLIE COLÓN returns to “La Casa de la Salsa” (Lehman Center) for an exclusive performance of all his greatest hits. De Vuelta al Barrio is an evening of remembrance of one of the best salsa eras. Fans will enjoy classics like "El Gran Varon," "Oh Que Sera," “Sin Poderte Hablar," "Che Che Cole," “Calle Luna Calle Sol," "Gitana," "La Murga," “No Me Digas Que Es Muy Tarde," to mention a few.
Produced by Lehman Center & José Raposo
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West
For ticket information, contact the box Office: (718)960-8833 or online at www.LehmanCenter.org

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 1PM – 5PM | FREE
ORCHARD BEACH SIZZLING SALSA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS THE NELSON GONZALEZ ORCHESTRA
NELSON GONZALEZ has performed with a virtual Who’s Who of Salsa legends. He is known for his mastery of the Cuban Tres guitar.
Presented by the National Jazz Museum
Orchard Beach Stage

For updated information, visit www.ilovethebronx.com.

source: The Bronx Tourism Council

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bronx Latino

Updates to Bronx Latino are being made via our social media outlets. Like our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/bxlatinoblog or follow @bronxlatino. This blog has been discontinued. Thank you.

UPDATE: The Bronx Latino blog is back. Continue to follow our social media channels too. Thank you for your loyalty. (July 31, 2014)



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bxbiz Holiday Network and Toy Drive

The Bronx Entrepreneurs and Business Network (BEBN) Toy Drive will go to benefit kids and teens living in Bronx shelters. Our chosen charity is Bronx Works who will distribute the toys. Our toy drive runs until December 12, the night of the BEBN Holiday Network and Toy Drive event at El Habanero Restaurant, the Bronx.

We recommend focusing on toys appropriate for two age groups:
* Infants and small children (0 months - 6 years)
* Pre-teens and adolescents (14-18 years old)

It is generally the case that people buy toys for school aged children (6-12 years) and the teens get left out. If we get too many gifts geared at teens, these can generally still be given to school aged children. A fun gift for a teenager is usually also fun to a 10-year-old, but this is not true of a gift geared for a 10-year-old being given to a 15-year-old.

Collections for unwrapped new toys are being raised offline, thanks to our toy drop off sponsors.

NEW: Toy Drop off locations for the Bronx Entrepreneurs and Business Network Toy Drive and Holiday Network:

MC Insurance
Contact: Anel Solano
929 east 169th Street

Sunshine Bronx
Contact: Cheni or Joe
890 Garrison Ave., Second Floor

The NetWorks Jingle Jubilee on November 29 (5 to 8 pm only)
Spotos Wine Bar, 4005 E. Tremont Ave.

The Complete Package Holiday Network on December 15 (10 am to 6 pm)
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

Donations are also being raised online through this ChipIn campaign at http://prsun.chipin.com/. Anyone could contribute to this campaign. If you prefer to mail a gift (gift cards preferred), send them to Clarisel Gonzalez, PRSUN Communications, 890 Garrison Ave., Second Floor, Bronx, NY 10474.

Poet and Social Entrepreneur Mariposa Maria Teresa Fernandez of Poetry for Entrepreneurs will perform at the December 12 holiday network. To RSVP, http://bxtoynetwork.eventbrite.com.

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