The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Latino Heritage Festival 2010

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Key Bank
Sunday, August 28: 3 p.m. - Sunday, August 28: 7 p.m.

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 Saturday, August 28 from 3 – 7 p.m. and includes performances by Ismael Miranda featuring Sammy De Leon y su Orquesta, reggaeton artist Divino and dance group Grupo Isla Del Encanto. The Museum will also screen the PBS documentary Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles and feature Q&A sessions with the film’s co-producer Nancy Wilkman. 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.

This 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:

·    Over the course of his career, Puerto Rico native Ismael Miranda has recorded more than 20 albums and performed with such noted Latino artists as Nicky Marrero and Ray Baretto. Growing up in New York City’s East Village, Miranda recorded his first single at the age of 17. He later went to tour with La Fania All Stars before launching his own record label, IM Records. Miranda continues to tour regularly, and in 2003, he performed at the legendary Copacabana nightclub in New York City.

·    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.

·    Divino began his career at the age of 15 after his family moved from Bronx, New York, to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Already a songwriter, Divino immersed himself in the islands booming Spanish-language rap scene. He started recording his very own cassettes and selling them on the streets, thereby amassing a local following. Thanks to this growing buzz, Divino managed to book gigs as the opening act for Puerto Rican rap pioneers Vico C and Ruben DJ during their performances in Ponce. Impressed by Divino’s voice and his unique songwriting abilities, other artists began requesting that he appear on their records. Among them have been Daddy Yankee  and Wisin y Yandel.

·    Cleveland dance group Grupo Isla Del Encanto consists of more than 30 dancers between the ages of seven and 19.  The Group dances the traditional Puerto Rican folkloric dance called plena & bomba, as well as bachata, reggaeton, merenque, tango and hip-hop.

In addition to live music, the Rock Hall will also screen the PBS documentary Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles in the Museum’s  Main Exhibit Hall Theater 3 on repeat from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The film's Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer, Jon Wilkman, and his wife and partner Nancy will answer questions from the audience. Paid Museum admission is necessary to enter the exhibit hall and view this screening.

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  Celebration of greater Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities is essential to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Ohio Natural Gas. 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. Each festival offers free entertainment from national and local artists. These festivals are among the Museum’s most successful events, often with record-setting crowds. The community festivals are organized around specific dates and themes.

All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.

Rock Hall Community Festival Calendar

Third Monday in January
JANUARY 21, 2013
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
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
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
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.



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