SALSARENGUE PA GOZAR!
Featuring LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO, LUISITO CARRION,
RAUL ACOSTA & ORO SÓLIDO and RAULÍN ROSENDO
(Published: May 16, 2014)
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present SALSARENGUE PA GOZAR! on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 8pm featuring the Latin Grammy nominated Merengue sensation LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO, Salsa superstar LUISITO CARRION, the Band El Swing de New York RAUL ACOSTA & ORO SÓLIDO and from the Bronx, El Sonero del Pueblo RAULÍN ROSENDO. 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 SALSARENGUE PA GOZAR! on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at8pm are $50, $45, and $35 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 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 available for $5.
LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO was formed in 1978 in the Dominican Republic by the seven brothers of the Rosario family. In 1980, they released their single, “Maria Guayando” which quickly became a local success. Later that same year they followed up with their first album ¡Vienen Acabando! that also contained the hits “Las Locas”, “Vengo Acabando”, “Bonifacio” and “El Lápiz.” With their 1987 album Acabando containing the classic songs “Borrón y Cuenta Nueva”, “Adolescenta” and “La Luna Coqueta”, the Rosario brothers were established as one of the most popular Merengue bands. The next few albums Otra Vez! (1988), Fuera de Serie (1990) and Insuperables (1991) were also successful. The 1993 album Los Mundialmente Sabrososwith its hits “Amor, Amor” and “Morena Ven” was a turning point for the group with the latter single earning the number nine spot on the Billboard Hot Latin chart. In 1995 the album Los Duenos Del Swing reached number three on the Tropical/Salsa chart and Y Es Facil', with its hit single “Fin De Semana”, went all the way to number one. Four Rosario brothers, Toño, Rafa, Luis and Tony continue to be active members of the band and they regularly release hit songs like “Siento”, “Alo” and “Esa Muchacha” (2011). Toño Rosario’s song “Yo Me Muero Por Ella” was nominated for a 2001 Latin Grammy award. Their most recent album is Aura on Sony Records.
LUISITO CARRION, considered one of the best Puerto Rican soneros today, was born in 1962 and started his musical career playing trumpet at age 13 with his father’s band, the Kafé Orchestra. Five years later he found his voice and started singing with Adalberto Santiago and Santitos Colon. In 1982 he joined Julio “Gunda” Merced’s group Salsa Fever to record the hit song “Renta de Amor”. He sang with the Bobby Valentín Orchestra from 1984 through 1989, recording the classic songs “El Agua”, “El Señor de Las Señoras”,Ramos de Flores”, “El Gigolo” and “Tributo de Cali”. Luisito recorded “La Fuga” in 1989 with the Don Perignon Orchestra before becoming the vocalist for Sonora Ponceña in the early 90s, releasing the hits “Yaré” and “A Comer Lechón”. After recording the album Mi Musica 1997 with Roberto Roena and Su Apollo Sound, Carrion went solo, regularly recording albums with popular songs like “Sin Tu Amor”, “Porque”, “Amiga Mia”, “Muriendo” and “Para Ser Real”.
RAUL ACOSTA was born in the Dominican Republic in 1971 and at age seven, with his two older brothers, formed Los Sobrinos Del Rey, a Dominican version of the Jackson 5, which performed locally and on television. A couple of years later, the family moved to New Jersey. In 1994, Acosta formed the band ORO SÓLIDO in New York City, releasing their self-titled debut album to resounding success with the smash hit “Esta Cache”. Further releases soon followed, including Y Sigue el Cache (1995) and Internacional (1996) containing the dance hits “La Tanga” and “El Vacilón”. The late ‘90s saw a Latin music craze sweep the U.S. and the band got a boost when their hit song “La Paleta” was included in the remake of the movie Shaft. Continuing to release albums almost every year with hits like “La Morena”, “Abusadora”, “La Nalgadita” and “El Baile Del Gorila”, Oro Sólido has become one of the most popular meringue bands world-wide. Their latest album Top 40 Hits was released in 2011 and reached number 17 on the Billboard Latin Tropical Chart.
RAULÍN ROSENDO also hails from the Dominican Republic, where he was born in 1957 and grew up surrounded by the musical rhythms of the local Afro-Antilles culture. At age 12 he started singing with the group El Chivo y Su Banda, and performing with Fernando Villalona, Conjunto Clásico and Los Vecinos. Known as the “Angry Sonero”, he made his solo debut in 1990 with the album Salsa, Solamente Salsa. By 1993 Rosendo had moved to New York City to record the album ¡Lo Maximo! that included the hits “Amor en Secreto” and “Santo Domingo”. His very popular 1995 album El Sonero Que El Pueblo Prefiere spawned the chart-topping single “Uno Se Cura” and earned Rosendo nominations for both the Cassandra and A.C.E. awards. The subsequent success of albums ¡Simplemente Contrólate! (1997), Llegó La Ley (1998) and Non Stop Double Exitos ’99 established him among the biggest salsa performers of the period. He has continued to record successful Salsa albums, the most recent being Dame Otra Opportunidad (2006) that contained the hit “Si No Van A Morior Mi Muerte”.
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 2013-2014 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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