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MEGATON MUNDIAL de Polito Vega is here!!!

It’s that time of year again where the biggest Latino artists get together to celebrate the biggest party of the year. The king of Latin radio Polito Vega knows how to throw a party and he has been the voice of New York radio for decades. This time he is getting together with the biggest of the biggest including none other than Mr. Worldwide Pitbull and the queen Jennifer Lopez.

Alongside these artists you will also get to see a reunion of Los Hermanos Rosario, Toño Rosario, Grupo Mania and Elvis Crespo. Salsa will be catered by the talented Victor Manuelle, La India and Domingo Quiñones. And of course the Party would not be jumping if we didn’t have un poquito de Reggaeton with big names like Ivy Queen, Tego Calderon, Wisin and Vico C. Three new artists to look out for are Puerto Rican Bachata Singer Jay Ruiz, along with Mozart la Para and Messiah.

These are just a few of the artists who will perform at the World’s Greatest Arena Madison Square Garden on Wednesday October 28, 2015.

TICKETS are going from as low as $21.00 – $300.00



Latin Explosion Concert 2015

Latin Explosion 2015 Makes History in DMV

Latin Explosion Concert Lineup

Latin Explosion Concert. May 23, 2015 – Fairfax, VA


Nahja Entertainment and Wepa Music Entertainment present Latin Explosion 2015 in the DMV area.

The Patriot Center will be the stage for this massive urban event taking place on Saturday, May 23, 2015. This is the first time artists of this caliber unite for such an Explosive Latin celebration. Headliners include Yandel, Alexis & Fido, Ivy Queen, Andy Andy, J Alvarez, Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, and Angel Y Khriz to name a few!

Latin Explosion 2015 gathers some of Reggaeton genre’s most popular names like Ivy Queen, J. Alvarez, Zion & Lennox, Alexis y Fido, De La Ghetto, and Angel Y Khriz but it will also have a mix of romantic bachata with music from Andy Andy El Astro De La Bachata. This top notch production will make history and is the first of many to come nationwide.

Some emerging talents like El Chevo from Honduras will electrify attendees with his Electro Punta, as well as Jory Boy, Dominican rapper sensation Messiah and local talent Jason Cerda. The night will also have Dance music kings The Muzik Junkies in charge of playing some Latin Electro hits.


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Romeo Fans Get Third Date At Barclays

Romeo Santos has been the subject of increased coverage not just internationally but in the United States outlets in particular. He has been pulling in the views as noted in a recent NBC Nightly News episode where they pointed out the over 600 million views of his video Indecent Proposal. They also were quoted as saying that

“Romeo Santos isn’t just a star. He’s a global sensation.”

Bachata is hot these days and Romeo is the face as proven by his upcoming performance dates at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY this July, just as it happened with his Yankee Stadium dates a year ago, has added another date as he will now be performing on July 10th, 11th, and now the 12th has been added by Felix Cabrera Presents.

“This time we hope to leave no ‘Romeista’ outside. This third date is to them and for them, for his audience.”

concert promoter Felix Cabrera excitedly proclaimed.

Romeo Santos has been on a great run as he is currently on his VOL2 World Tour as well as appearing on NBC Nightly News, performed on NBC Live on Today, and will be well represented at the upcoming American Billboard Awards leading the nomination list overall.


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Tickets for this new date go on sale Tuesday April 28th at 10:00am through and the Barclay Center’s Box Office. For further information, log on to or call 212-923-3737.

Laura Pausini

“THE MONSTER” Surrenders to Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini

Miami, FL. (February 25th, 2014).- Award winning artist Laura Pausini captivated Quinta Vergara’s “Monster” with a stelar concert of her greatest hits that earned her the Festival’s most important awards: Antorchas de Oro and Plata and the Gaviotas de Oro and Plata. The Italian singer/songwriter and producer received all the awards with great excitement and effusivity.

In an extraordinary and emotional concert, Pausini seduced an audience of over 15,000 people while singing all of her classics that have made her one of the most important artists in the music industry.

Her show featured a band and dancers who accompanied her performance of songs such as “Entre Tú y Mil Mares”, “Se Fue” or “La Soledad”, among many others, who were part of a full repertoire which lasted an hour and a half and left all her fans very pleased.

Laura Pausini, who since December has sold out every concert in Europe and Latin America on her “20 Greatest Hits Tour“, will arrive in Miami on March 2nd to perform at the James L. Knight Center, with special guests Luis Fonsi and Biagio Antonacci.

After this anticipated concert, the tour will continue in New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 6, where artists like Gloria Estefan, Ivete Sangalo, Il Volo, Miguel Bosé and Biagio Antonacci, will be part of the great repertoire prepared by Laura Pausini for her faithful fans. The event is produced by Fep Group while the wardrobe worn by Pausini on stage has been designed by the King of fashion Giorgio Armani.

The multiple GRAMMY-winner artist, who is celebrating 20 years of successful career, will perform all the songs included on her latest album ‘20 Greatest Hits’ live during both concerts. The album includes her most celebrated songs as well as her most recent radio hits ‘Limpio’ a duet with Australian singer Kylie Minogue, ‘Víveme’ with Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz and ‘Se Fué’ with the king of Salsa Marc Anthony. Other international guests that participate on the extraordinary album include Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, Miguel Bosé, James Blunt, Ivete Sangalo and Andrea Bocelli.







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Festival Vina Del Mar

Festival Viña Del Mar 2014

Festival Vina Del Mar

Today the most iconic festival in Latin America will begin, with over sixty years of artistic and cultural tradition, festival of Viña del Mar is the most anticipated music event of the year in Chile.

Some of the highlighted performances will be headed by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin who kicks off  the festival tonight.  Followed by Laura Pausini  and Fito Páez  tomorrow.  On the third  night,  Ana Gabriel takes the stage.  The fourth night, will be the comeback of native Chilean rock band La Ley and others to confirm. One of the most anticipated artists of the festival is Rod Stewart, who will perform on the night of February 27 with Paloma San Basilio and La Sonora Palacios.  Finally, on the last night, for the grand finale,  Jesse & Joy, Melendi and reggaeton duo Alexis y Fido close Viña del Mar Festival.

To see the show live on ChileVision‘s signal click here
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Selena Gomez’s Visa Denied to Russia Over Gay Rights


Selena Gomez was denied a visa request by Russian officials reportedly due to her stance on gay rights. A representative from Selena’s camp talks to E! News.

The 21-year-old singer-actress was supposed to play St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on Sept. 23 and Moscow’s Olimiisky stadium on Sept. 25.

The news that Russian officials denied Selena’s entry is no doubt disappointing to her fans in the former communist nation. But to U.S.-based author and gay rights activist, John Becker launched a petition on calling on Gomez to stand up for Russia’s LGBT crowd when she took the stage there, the government’s decision was a sign the administration of President Vladimir Putin is feeling the heat over its anti-gay policies.

“This cancellation of Selena Gomez’s visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defense, and shows that the pressure from people all around the world and the backlash against these laws is strong,” Becker told E! News in a statement. “They’re afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights.” Read More E! News

His petition has so far gained over 15,000 signatures as of press time. Click here and sign the petition

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Photos: 6th Annual Tropical Fest ft. Tito Nieves

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The 6th annual Tropical Fest this past Sunday afternoon, August 18th was the latest in the Central Park Summer Stage series. The top bill for this event was Tito Nieves along with a mix of young stars on the rise, some re-invented, young veterans and, along with Tito, a legend in his genre. Nieves is celebrating his 30th year in the business and, along with 30 albums recorded, has long-established himself as one of the iconic figures in Latino music, and even beyond.

The show was led off by Max and Lenny Santos, two former members of the immensely popular Bachata band, Aventura. But since lead singer Romeo left, Max and Lenny  have tried to keep a grasp on their positions in the business with limited success. However they have returned with a new band they have formed called Vena. Along with former Xtreme member, Steve Styles, this new group looks to have something unique to offer. With both Santos flanking Styles on Guitar and a slew of background complements, Vena started the show off right pulling screams from the younger members of the audience as well as fans of their past music. The singing of “Shorty Shorty” is an example that they will play the vintage but mix it with their own elaborate technical undercurrents.

Keeping with the youth movement, 19-year-old K-Rose followed as he once again sang a lot of his hybrid hits that kept the vibe going. This young crooner melted the ladies while a curious site saw two young boys, who couldn’t be more than 8, distributing free CD singles. Andy Andy was the bridge between the past and the future. The Bachata artist looked a little older but he still had that Aura of past glory and in turn simply showed why he was an elite artist only a few years ago. No woman in the temporary stands or in the mass of humanity in front of the stage was complaining.

The pre-main event followed with Jose Alberto, “El Canario” putting on a display of footwork and song that was so old school, it looked like the 54-year-old was in a time warp and transplanted from his prime straight to Central Park this afternoon. Dressed casually Jose, dominated the stage with effortless dance steps and a command that many of the younger artists should take notes on. The highlight had to be when Jose pretended to be playing an instrument with his hands while whistling the notes. The legend of his name confirmed for all to see, El Canario’s performance was so electric and lengthy that it almost superseded the finale.

And a fine finale it was with Tito Nieves, looking thinner and majestic in the cool night air spoke of the late 80’s reminiscing. His deep operatic voice gave depth to the old hits and he even gave his background singer a moment in the sun to sing a song that was not rehearsed but held his own and then some while Tito took the guiro and played backup for a song. He playfully joked if there were any English only fans that it must have been a culture shock surrounded by so many Latinos. But soon thereafter he did his English hit “I like it like that” to close the proceedings. A night to remember for sure on a night where the rains stayed put and watched the show.

Photos by Marlene Amaya-Vazquez


Salsa Meets Funk, Tribute to Charlie Palmieri

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The Salsa Meets Funk event that took place at S.O.B.’s last Friday night, August 2nd in New York City was a celebration of bandleader and musical director Charlie Palmieri through his son, Eddie and James Brown. The idea of assembling quality artists together into all-star teams such as GRG-All-Stars, was something Charlie did and after his death in 1988, the first tribute was staged for him in 2004. Music producer Rene Lopez was in the house to take in the sounds and reminisce. “I’m just here to hear good music primarily and Eddie Palmieri’s son knows what’s he’s doing. I know all these musicians for many years and their going to kick.” And kick it they did.

Eddie Palmieri Music Management (EPMM) and the Global Rhythm Group (GRG) prepared to pay tribute to both pioneers this evening with a jam session and descarga which was done in two sets with the GRG All-Stars Bernard Purdie, who played with James brown, DJ Questlove and DJ Henry Knowles. The tradition of Latin music was displayed in full force. Trumpeter Jonathon Powell agrees, “This music is just as rich, just as diverse as any other.” Rene Lopez explained why we were here. “One of the things they are doing is celebrating the memory of Charlie Palmieri, one of the great piano players of our music. He played with all the great bands while leading his own.”

The GRG All Stars under the direction of Jimmy Bosch has always featured the best of Latin music including Herman Olivera, Bobby Allende, Marc Quinones, Arturo Ortiz and Pete Nater. DJ Henry Knowles, world renowned, curated the Latin musical selections when Salsa Meets Funk was presented. “These are seasoned musicians that have arrangements to play.” Rene Lopez explained, “They will be able to play them to the max. They know what they are doing and they know the music. The music is familiar. That’s how you keep the tradition alive.”

S.O.B.s has a long history of supporting Latin music over the years. It stands as a historical landmark in the music business. Rene agrees, “They have to be applauded for that.  It’s a place where great music could be heard especially for the Latin community.”

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Photos: Locos por Juana at SOBs

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This past Thursday at S.O.B.’s, Latin Recap got to interview Locos Por Juana, the multiple Grammy award nominated bilingual jam band. The band, created in 2000 in Miami, Florida, shared the story of the origin of their name, their current album, and travel experiences.

When the band was created a decade ago, the name came about through their early relationships as teenagers. “Juana is a mystic character. We kind of created in an innocent kind of way. “Lead singer Itagui Correal said “In the early part of our career, we started writing about our girlfriends. We were single at that time. It was the point of no return. Juana represented our relationships.”

Locos por Juana’s performance that evening was part if the “Somos de la calle” tour. After three years of travel they emerged with an album very different from their previous efforts. “We were in the street , traveling more than any other year. It’s been an amazing feeling being in a lot of places, cultures, you learn things and get inspired.” Correal explained. “This album was the result of how we digested all this. We drew a lot of ideas from the road and it’s different, because It was born in the street.”

The band has been all over, Europe, South America, and all over the U.S. in festivals and concerts. But it was a short trip that really stood out. “For a band it’s great to travel. We just took a trip to Canada from the U.S. We always fly to another country. But It was a feeling that we never expected. It’s like so there is Canada and over there the US. These things hit the spot.”, Correa recalled.

The band mentioned on their website that they could have up to seven musicians join them on stage. Guitarist Mark Kondrat explained the reason. “When you travel you make friends in each town and not just friends but musicians.” Mark explains. “They are amazing artists. As a musician you always like to collaborate. We always want to introduce artists we like. It happens naturally, we don’t set it up.”

The longevity of the band is something to emulate. They work hard and are committed to their craft. They’re advise to upcoming bands. “Just be true to yourself. Being responsible makes you disciplined. If you have discipline you can achieve anything.” Itagui says. “Respect your life, teaching yourself good. Do everything from your heart. If you do these things, you’re going to be ok.” Locos Por Juana will be releasing the last single from the current album and will be starting on their new project within the year.

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