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2013 FESTIVAL LATINO TO EXPAND INTO BICENTENNIAL PARK

COLUMBUS: After humble beginnings as a five-hour pilot project by the City of Columbus in 1996, Festival Latino has become one of the largest Latino musical events in Ohio, offering a free, family-friendly celebration of family, community, and Latin American culture.

To be held Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, 2013, the new footprint will include its original location in Genoa Park but will also stretch across the Rich Street bridge into Bicentennial Park .

Festival Latino 2013 will be headlined by Duranguense queen Diana Reyes on Saturday night and international salsa master Rubén Blades on Sunday night. Blades is making his Columbus debut.

GENOA PARK STAGE
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:00 pm – D J C aLe: D J C ale caters to  Caribbean  and Latin American tastes, spinning salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, Latin pop, Latin dance, house, and a touch of American Top 40 music.

12:30 pm – B.A-Star: Richard Bastar Jr., known as B. A-Star, is a former member of the group Tercera Generation (or 3G) with his brothers, boasting the fact that they are the third generation of Bastar in the music industry. Now pursuing a solo project, B. A-Star has created a new urban dance sound.
 

 

 


El Corazón de México

 1:00 pm – Zancudo: Local musician Victor Zancudo and his band will perform a special acoustic set of his original music which fuses Latin pop with traditional and modern rhythms.

 2:30 pm – Amarfis y Su Banda de Atakke: Amarfis Aquino, Dominican vocalist and leader of merengue band La Banda de Atakke, released the group’s self-titled, debut album in 1998, generating hits such as "Los Grilleros," which showed up on charts all over Latin America, the US, and Europe. His next albums—Caeme Atras (2000), La Revolucion del Mambo (2002), and Chillin' (2003)—exceeded all sales expectations and generated several hits, building up a strong radio presence and making it to Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay charts in 2005.

4:15 pm – Los Amigos Invisibles: Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera” – an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. Their 2009 release, Commercial, was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album, the Venezuelan band’s fifth career Grammy nomination. In their 18 years in the music business, Los Amigos Invisibles have recorded six studio albums and one live DVD/CD, toured more than 60 countries, and established their own record label.

 6 pm – Diana Reyes: Mexican singer Diana Reyes, queen of “el pasito duranguense” or duranguense music, has released three certified Gold records since 2004—La Reina del Pasito Duranguense (2005), Las No. 1 de la Reina (2007), and Te Voy a Mostrar (2007). Winner of numerous awards at the national level, Reyes has competed on “Mira Quién Baila,” the Spanish-language version of “Dancing with the Stars;” was the first woman and the first artist of Mexican descent to perform on “IN-STUDIO,” a Univision showcase of new artists; and was a featured celebrity on “Latinas VIP,” the first Spanish-language reality series of its kind.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
12:00 pm – D J C aLe: D J C ale caters to  Caribbean  and Latin American tastes, spinning salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, Latin pop, Latin dance, house, and a touch of American Top 40 music.

12:30 pm – B.A-Star: Richard Bastar Jr., known as B. A-Star, is a former member of the group Tercera Generation (or 3G) with his brothers, boasting the fact that they are the third generation of Bastar in the music industry. Now pursuing a solo project, B. A-Star has created a new urban dance sound.

1:00 pm – Konde Norteño: The five members of Columbus-based Konde Norteño integrate different regions of Mexico into their Norteño music, performing both classic and modern songs of the genre.

 2:30 pm – Enrique Infante: Singer, songwriter, and musician Enrique Infante fronts the Latin fusion rhythms band, Déjà Vu. Recipient of a 2010 “Premio Orgullo Peruano” (Peruvian Pride Award), Enrique’s song “Colors of Columbus ” was selected as one of the winners for the “200Columbus in Song Contest.” He released his second album Canciones Ajenas (Other People’s Songs) in 2012.

4 pm – Karlos Rosé: Dominican artist Karlos Rosé is a songwriter and guitarist known for his fusion of music genres such as R&B, pop, Bachata, and urban. His 2012 debut single, a Bachata cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart and stayed in the top 20 for more than 20 consecutive weeks. His follow-up single, “Infiel” (“Infidel”), debuted at #9 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.  Rosé’s full-length album Géminis (Gemini) will be released in 2013.

5:30 pm – Ruben Blades: Panama-born Rubén Blades has recorded landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa as well as Afro-Cuban music touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and other influences from around the world. He has earned 10 Grammy Awards, as well as a Cable ACE Award and Emmy, Independent Spirit, and ALMA nominations for his acting. He has been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, the Grammy Recording Academy’s Heroes Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s arts award, and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors’ Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award.

 

BICENTENNIAL PARK STAGE

Saturday, August 10, 2013
12:00 pm – Watch a taekwondo exhibition given by instructor Enrique Infante and a few intermediate students from the Columbus-based Centro Esperanza Latina and Infante Taekwondo School .

 

2:00 pm – Local Latin fusion artist Enrique Infante will host an interactive hour for children in which they can sing along with traditional Hispanic songs, listen to short stories about Latin American culture, and join a drum circle.
3:00 pm – Dayton-area dance company Grupo Caribe will hold a demonstration of the dances of Puerto Rico.
3:30 pm – So cold, it’s hot! Join COSI for their live, liquid oxygen show and learn more about one of the coldest liquids on earth and the amazing things it can do.
4:00 pm – Zumba Fitness with Esperanza Elliott and Just Dance Ohio
5:30 pm – Toledo-based dance company El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico will demonstrate the beauty and charm of traditional Mexican dances.
www.ElCorazonDeMexicoDance.com

 Sunday, August 11, 2013
11:00 am – Alejandra Ferrer will hold a children’s drumming circle featuring traditional Hispanic music.
1:00 pm – Toledo-based dance company El Corazón de México will demonstrate the beauty and charm of traditional Mexican dances. www.ElCorazonDeMexicoDance.com
3:00 pm – Learn salsa from Columbus’ first and only salsa dance studio, the Salsamante Dance Academy . www.salsamante.com
3:30 pm – So cold, it’s hot! Join COSI for their live, liquid oxygen show and learn more about one of the coldest liquids on earth and the amazing things it can do.
4:00 pm – Toledo-based dance company El Corazón de México will demonstrate the beauty and charm of traditional Mexican dances.
www.ElCorazonDeMexicoDance.com

 

American Family Insurance Children’s Area
12 pm – 6 pm daily, located in Bicentennial Park , no charge for activities

Children’s activities will include:
Balloon Twisters
– Balloon artists from Creative Distinctions will create fun balloon designs for children from 2-4pm daily.
Columbus Clippers
- Columbus Clippers mascot Lou Seal will visit the Children’s Area to meet young fans and pose for pictures. www.ClippersBaseball.com
Columbus Metro Parks
– Children can see and learn about a local animal and get their hand stamped with animal tracks.
COSI's Science Spot
– This traveling exhibition gives families the opportunity to play, explore, and learn about science together with hands-on kiosks featuring activities to help children learn about basic science concepts, including force and motion, structures, magnetism, gadgets, and more.
Mexican Flowers
– Big, beautiful flowers are used in Mexico to decorate on days of celebration. Join the members of Organización de Damas Latinas as they help children construct these colorful creations.
Mexican Folk Art
– The Columbus Museum of Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, and State Auto Insurance will be demonstrating papel picado (“perforated paper”),
a decorative craft used to celebrate holidays by cutting paper into elaborate designs.
Scioto Mile Fountain
– The spectacular 15,000 square-foot fountain has more than 1,000 jets of water and interactive features for children of all ages.
Traditional Candy Skulls Workshops
– During the Mexican holiday
Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead,” a favorite among the children are candy sugar skulls. Leticia Vazquez-Smith will hold workshops from 1-4pm daily in which children can create their own.

VISUAL Artists’ Showcase
Ohio-based Latin artists will display and sell their visual artwork in the Artists’ Showcase area. Featured artists will be:

Nhora Regina Soto Bermeo – Colombian painter Nohra Bermeo has entered a new stage in her work, representing the sense of women in its simplest form.
Ani Palacios McBride – Peruvian author and journalist Ani Palacios McBride has written extensively on the immigration experience and how to successfully adapt to a new country, as well as three award-winning novels.
Wladimir Muñoz Ecuadorian painter Wladimir Muñoz has exhibited his work at various galleries and arts festivals. He is currently an art teacher and paints portraits of public figures.
Cecilia Román – Local business owner and painter, Cecilia Roman creates oil paintings focused on abstractions.
Will “Topiltzin” Sanchez – Mexican painter Will “Topiltzin” Sanchez uses acrylic, oil, watercolors, and crayon to create his unique portraits and personal art.
Ricardo Trujillo – Colombian artist Ricardo Trujillo creates hand-made home décor and novelties such as wall art and magnets from wood and mud.

 

 
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