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A Full Weekend of Dancing and Music Featuring Legends of Latin Music


Tri-C JazzFest presents the 2nd Annual JazzFest Picante, one of the most exciting events to hit Cleveland. Sizzling hot Latin jazz is on tap from November 17-18, with a lineup that includes The Conga Kings, Grupo Fuego, and Johnny Pacheco Y Su Tumbao Anejo.


The weekend kicks off with The Conga Kings at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17 at the Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium.  The 11 piece Rumba group features three of the master congrueros of Afro Cuban music:  Candido Camero, Carlos, “Patato” Valdes and Giovanni Hidalgo.  Tickets are $25. 


Dinner starts the evening off on Saturday, November 18 at the Holiday Inn Independence, 6001 Rockside Road. Grupo Fuego sets the musical tone with contemporary Latin jazz, starting a 9:30 p.m.  The internationally renowned Johnny Pacheco Y Su Tumbao Anejo takes the stage at 11 p.m. to rev the weekend into high gear.  With nine Grammy nominations and ten gold records, Johnny Pacheco’s salsa renditions are sure to please and prove why he is a true legend of tropical music.  Tickets are $50 for dinner, concerts and dancing; and $25 for concerts and dancing only.

OTHER EVENTS: Tri-C’s Showtime at High Noon Series will feature Sammy De León Y Su Orquesta during a one hour concert lecture/demonstration on Latin Jazz at the Allen Theatre on Friday, November 17 from noon to 1 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to make reservations for groups, call 216-987-4940. 


A Late Night Latin Jam featuring Sammy De León will be held at the View Niteclub, 618 Prospect Avenue on Friday, November 17 following The Conga Kings performance.  This event is co-presented by Tri-C JazzFest and Tropical Rhythms.

A series of dance workshops will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 12-4 p.m. at Viva Dance Studio, 12381 Pearl Road, Strongsville.  Dance lessons in salsa, mambo, cha cha, merengue and bachata are featured at a cost of $15 per class or $50 for 4 classes.  To register, call 216-987-4400 or visit www.tricpresents.com.


The JazzFest Picante Weekend is presented by Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Tropical Rhythms, National City Bank and MQ Productions.  Major Tri-C Division of Performing Arts season funders include Arts Midwest, National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities Council and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Media sponsors include The Free Times, WCLV, WKSU, and WVIZ/WCPN.

Johnny Pacheco

For more information about JazzFest Picante, go online to www.tricpresents.com.  For single tickets, call 1-800-766-6048; visit www.tricpresents.com; or purchase tickets at the following retail outlets:  Isla Music, 3070 West 25th Street, Cleveland, 216-687-1997; and Joyeria Viejo San Juan, 2705 Clark Avenue, Cleveland, 216-961-1347.







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