Puerto Rican Festival 2017 Charlotte, NC - Symphony Park August 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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July 13, 2017


Live musical entertainment by internationally acclaimed and most recognized salsa band in the world, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.  Entertainment will also include the best of our local talent, including, Merengue, Bachata, Jíbaro Music, Bomba presentation by YAPRE, dance group, Dancers, Contests, Games and much more! Come enjoy some delicious Puerto Rican foods and drinks at the beautiful venue of the Symphony Park in the SouthPark Area.  

Buy your tickets at the door and bring your friends and family.

   Admission $ 5.00 at the door

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, commonly known as El Gran Combo, is a Puerto Rican Salsa music orchestra based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, it is Puerto Rico's most successful musical group, and is considered "the most popular Salsa group that has ever existed".  The group received the moniker La Universidad de la Salsa (The University of Salsa) in Colombia, due to the sheer number of famous salsa musicians and singers who developed their careers with it, who started with the group (particularly Andy Montañez, and Charlie Aponte), or who were occasionally backed up by the band (including Celia CruzHéctor Lavoe and La India).

The Salsa Orchestra was founded in May 1962, by Rafael Ithier, Ithier is still nominally its musical director, and is the only remaining members from the band's original lineup. As of 2010, Willie Sotelo, who joined the group in 2006 as pianist, has become the band's de facto musical director on tours, with Ithier conducting the group and playing occasionally in select live performances. 
Alba Colon-Nieves, Event Director
alba_colon_nieves@yahoo.com, 704-777-0670