The annual Festival Latino Columbus will take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th at Bicentennial Park in Columbus. The Festival mixes a wide range of Latin inspired music including from pop to bachata to some Salsa and Latin Jazz. We’ve featured some of the more “jazz” inspired acts below. From the official Festival Latino website:
Saturday, August 9
2:00pm – Herman Olivera
Olivera is considered by many as one of few remaining soneros (improvising lead singer) of salsa. He has toured and continues to tour all over the world, appearing as a featured vocalist in many prestigious festivals and TV shows, including stints with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Band. His diction, vocalization, soul, and feeling combined with his charisma and the palatable timbre of his voice projects the well-seasoned mixture of Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
Sunday, August 10
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 Latin rhythms.
4:30pm – José Alberto “El Canario”
Dominican salsa vocalist José Alberto, also known as “El Canario,” is noted for his exceptional voice, unique style, and superior improvisational skills. He became a major Latin star after his debut release Noches Calientes (1984), and established a new style called salsa romántica with Dance with Me (1991). His exceptional whistling abilities led fans to nickname him El Canario (The Canary).
6:30pm – Los Hermanos Rosario
The 14-piece merengue orchestra Los Hermanos Rosario was formed by Dominican siblings Rafa, Luis, and Tony Rosario in 1978. Over the years, the group has released several hit albums including Bomba Mi Hermano, Insuperables, Los Dueños del Swing, and Bomba 2000.