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Back To The '80s II Featuring Eddie Santiago & His Orchestra, Tony Vega, and Ray De La Paz
(Published: May 22, 2012)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its fantastic 31st season celebration with BACK TO THE '80s II -- a night of Salsa Romántica hits performed by three renowned salseros. EDDIE SANTIAGO and his Orchestra will be joined for this special concert by fellow singers TONY VEGA and RAY DE LA PAZ on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8pm. This concert is produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for BACK TO THE ‘80s II featuring Eddie Santiago & Orchestra, Tony Vega, and Ray De La Paz on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8pm are $60, $55, and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking is available for $5.

Eddie Santiago, born in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, began performing at a young age and spent two years with El Conjunto Chaney, singing the band's hit "Detalles." Going solo and forming his own band in 1986, he gained international acclaim with "Lluvia," which went to the top of the charts and helped spawn the Tropical music sub-genre of salsa romántica. His success continued with such hits as "Tu me quemas," "Antídoto y veneno," "Que locura enamorarme de tí," and "Insaciable." Between the mid-‘80s and the early ‘90s, six of Santiago's albums reached #1 on the Tropical music charts. His romantic lyrics combined with his sensual interpretation and melodious voice has made him one of the most popular salseros of all time. He has released over 25 albums, many of which have gone gold and platinum. In 1999 he released Celebration: Epic Duets, joined by Latin music stars Victor Manuelle, Huey Dunbar and Elvis Crespo. The album was named one of the best recordings of 1999 by the National Foundation for Popular Culture. His 2004 CD Después del silencio, nominated for a GRAMMY in the Tropical Music" category, produced five radio hits: "Loco por tu amor," "No me hables mal de ella," "Falsa," "Todavía hay swing" and "Llover sobre mojado." Santiago's latest CD is 2011's Reyes de la Salsa with Lalo Rodríguez.

Tony Vega was one of a new breed of salsa performers emerging from Puerto Rico in the ‘80s. The singer and band leader, who played congas in a band with friends at age ten, began his career and recorded his first album in 1978 as one of two lead singers with Raphy Leavitt's La Selecta, singing the very popular "Cosquillita," "Sheila Taína" and "El picaflor." Vega performed and recorded with Willie Rosario's band from 1980 to 1986, sharing lead vocals with Gilberto Santa Rosa and recording such hit songs as "Mi amigo el payaso," "Caramelito del campo" and "Busca el ritmo." Vega was an important contributor to Rosario's La nueva cosecha album, which received a GRAMMY nomination. He later joined the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and was featured on the album La verdad, which earned Palmieri his fifth GRAMMY Award and led to a European tour. Since his 1988 solo debut, Yo me quedo, Vega has sung on 75 recordings. His most recent releases are 2010's Oro salsero and 2011's Deluxe with Grupo Gale.

Ray De La Paz, who was born in Spanish Harlem but has lived in the Bronx since age five, made a name for himself as salsero and co-leader with Latin music genius Louis Ramirez, of the Louis Ramirez-Ray De La Paz Orchestra. Known for his clear, clean, honey-colored voice and finely tuned intonation and enunciation, De La Paz also swings hard and hot with the coro. He has appeared on 50 albums and has recorded with such stars as Ray Barretto, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch, Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Fania All-Stars, Latin Giants of Jazz, Mongo Santamaria, Michael Stuart, and Johnny Ventura.

Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2011-2012 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

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