Now in its 16th year, Festival Latino returns to downtown Columbus’ Genoa Park on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. Produced by CAPA, the festival will offer a variety of local and national Latin-American music acts including Saturday night headliner, 24 Horas, and Sunday night headliner, Tito Rojas with the Sammy DeLeón Orchestra. Admission is free.
New to the Children’s Area in 2011 will be COSI’s live liquid oxygen show, interactive drum circles with local musician Enrique Infante, bilingual storytime, a taekwondo demonstration, and a visit from Columbus Clippers mascot Lou Seal.
Returning in 2011 is the Artists’ Showcase displaying the works of Ohio-based Latin artists, the Columbus Crew children’s soccer clinic, Latin dance demonstration and instruction, a Latin-inspired runway fashion show, and a large selection of food vendors offering a wide assortment of Latin-American cuisine.
Festival Latino sponsors include the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, American Family Insurance, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance, Jay Pérez, State Farm, Almonte Express Services, Mamajuana Restaurant, Cardinal Health, Columbia Gas of Ohio, DirecTV, F & K Iglesia de Cristo, Ohio Lottery Commission, Progressive/Insurance Solution, Mt. Carmel Health Systems, Resource Employment Solutions, Revol, Sol Y Luna, State Auto, Time Warner Cable, VSP, and David & Mo Meuse.
Fronteras Stage Performance Schedule
Saturday, August 13
12:00 pm – DJ Cale
12:45 pm – The Ark Band
2:30 pm – Zancudo
4:15 pm – Déjà Vu Latin Fusion Band with Enrique Infante
6:00 pm – 24 Horas
Sunday, August 14
12:00 pm – DJ Cale
2:30 pm – Orquesta Kandela
4:15 pm – Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution
6:00 pm – Tito Rojas with the Sammy DeLeón Orchestra
Musical Artists – Festival Latino
DJ Cale 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. www.AmayaProductions.net
The Ark Band
The Ark Band is a St. Lucian reggae band, based in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, the group has continually toured across the US, Canada, and Jamaica sharing its roots in reggae, calypso, and soca music. www.TheArkBand.com
Lead by Victor Zancudo, this band fuses Latin pop with traditional and modern rhythms to create a sound that will make you want to dance. www.myspace.com/VictorZancudoMusic
Déjà Vu Latin Fusion Band with Enrique Infante
Fronted by singer, songwriter, and musician Enrique Infante, Déjà Vu is a Latin fusion rhythms band. www.DejaVuLatinFusion.com
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
Mickey, Joell, and Jiory are three young New Yorkers who make up the hot, up-and-coming trio of 24 Horas. The group performs their own unique and contemporary Caribbean twist on bachata, a romance-focused musical genre that originated in the Dominican Republic. www.Grupo24Horas.com
Cincinnati’s newest Latin band and the Midwest’s only all-female salsa band, Orquesta Kandela keep the dance floor packed with their high-powered salsa rhythms and other popular Latin dance styles. www.OrquestaKandela.com
Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution
Award-winning American Tejano music performer Ruben Ramos, also known as El Gato Negro (The Black Cat), won the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Tejano Album of the Year” with his band, The Mexican Revolution. www.RubenRamos.com
SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
Tito Rojas with the Sammy DeLeón Orchestra
After 31years and 20 albums, salsa legend Tito Rojas (“El Gallo Salsero” or “The Rooster”) has earned numerous awards and accolades, including several Grammy Award nominations.
Sammy DeLeón and his orchestra combine traditional salsa rhythms with an aggressive and progressive style to produce salsa, merengue, and Latin jazz that can stop on a dime, change directions in a heart-stopping second, or shift grooves like a sports car. www.SammyDeleonySuOrquesta.com
CAPA presents the 2011 FESTIVAL LATINO
Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14, 11 am – 8 pm daily
Genoa Park (downtown riverfront)
Celebrate family and community with a day of children’s activities, music, food, and dance from the heart of Latin America. Saturday night performance by 24 Horas. Sunday night performance by Tito Rojas and the Sammy DeLeón Orchestra. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.FestivalLatino.net.