The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome back the Latino Heritage Festival, an annual event that celebrates the rich Hispanic culture and its musical traditions. This event will take place on the outside plaza of the Rock Hall on Sunday, August 28th from Noon to 4 p.m. and includes performances by Hector Tricoche, Sammy De Leon y su Orquesta, Latin Soul Ballroom Dance Company, Julia De Burgos’ Explosion Divina Dance Troupe, Zumba instructors and more. The Latino Heritage Festival is FREE, however paid admission is necessary to tour the Rock Hall exhibits and participate in this film screening. The Rock Hall’s Community Festivals are presented by Ohio Natural Gas and sponsored by KeyBank and Amtrak.
The Museum’s community festivals offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become more acquainted with the Rock Hall and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates. The Latino Heritage community festival is a kick-off to Latino Heritage month, celebrated September 15-October 15 every year. In tribute to Latino music and culture, the festival will feature an array of musical talent that will provide the soundtrack to an afternoon of lively entertainment, including:
· One of the Original Salsa Kings, Hector Tricoche is an international musician of Puerto Rican descent who sings in the genre of Latin pop and salsa. With his high and melodic voice, Tricoche has stood out in the sleepy decade of the 1990s salsa scene through his richly textured and versatile musical compilations. Critics have praised him for combining a harmonious voice with the creative snappiness of an improvisation artist. A highlight of Hector Tricoche’s albums is the intricate and sophisticated horn arrangements. He has released nine albums in the United States and more internationally.
· Sammy De León, former musical director of the legendary Impacto Nuevo, has put together a combination of traditional salsa rhythms with a more aggressive and progressive style that lends an appeal to a multi-cultural audience. This style enables De Leon’s music to delight not only fans of salsa, merengue, and Latin Jazz, but of all music genres. The whole band, known for their lively performance, may stop on a dime, change directions in a heart-stopping second, speeds up or slows down with the sound of his stick and shifts grooves with a look.
Along with live music, the Museum will also welcome JiBARO Gourmet Food Truck to the Latino Heritage Festival to serve Latin-inspired food and beverages for purchase.
See photos of this year's performers here.
All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Third Monday in January
JANUARY 21, 2013
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FESTIVAL
Free admission day
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates this National Holiday with free admission to the general public. A celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the focus of this glorious day of song and dance by outstanding national and local artists.
Third Saturday in May
MAY 18, 2013
ROCK YOUR WORLD
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partners with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Arts Education Department in the presentation of its All City Arts Festival. This event is designed to feature the best work in all the arts disciplines of the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, from grades K-12.
Last Sunday in June
JUNE 30, 2013
ROCK AND SOUL FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of rock and roll music. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
Last Sunday in August
AUGUST 25, 2013
LATINO HERITAGE FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the rich Hispanic culture and musical traditions. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
Second Sunday in October annually
SEPTEMBER 22, 2013
The greater Cleveland area is a rich mosaic of ethnic groups, each with their own traditions and musical legacies. This colorful festival with participants in their native costumes celebrates each culture through song and dance.