7th Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival and 1st Carnaval Americas will take place September 21 and 22, 2013 (from 10:00am to 10:00pm) at Hermann Square, City Hall and Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston, Texas. Headliners include Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rey Ruiz, Osmani Garcia and K Rose, celebrating the musical, cultural and culinary heritage of Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries. Tickets start at $15 for a one day event. [Many thanks to Jo Spalburg and Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention. Also see previous post Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Rey Ruiz, to headline the 7th Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival and First Carnaval Americas.] See excerpts with a link to the full article below:
The most recognizable names in salsa, reggeaton, cubaton and bachata; Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rey Ruiz, Osmani Garcia and K Rose will provide hours of the best tropical music sure to please the most demanding music fans attending the PRC Fest. Headliners will take song requests and comments via twitter @PRCFest, or on the Festival’s Facebook page. Additionally, the 12-hour Festival each day will feature 200 local artists and musicians, 400 professional dancers, eight DJs, bands and dance groups including: Havana NRG, Salmerun, Grupo Kache, Los Hermanos Araujo, among others.
Willie Colon, a Fania All-Stars musician and salsa legend will be recognized for his legacy as the Festival’s Grand Marshal, a recognition bestowed for the first time in the history of the PRC Festival. “Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Rey Ruiz are institutions in the music industry,” said Javier Ferrer, the organizer and creator of the PRC Festival. “These performers have entertained and have been part of our families for decades, to have them perform at PRC and Carnaval Americas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
In addition to the music and dance acts, Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican restaurants will offer Caribbean delicacies. Exhibits and stands with souvenirs and arts and crafts are available. A portion of the PRC Festival proceeds will be donated to NHPO (National Hispanic Professional Organization) offering Hispanic professionals with career opportunities, professional development and leadership training. [. . .]
About PRC Festival: PRC (Puerto Rican & Cuban) Festival is a one-day cultural event that includes music, dancing, food, Spanish Caribbean tradition and education. The annual PRC Festival attracts more than 20,000 fans in Downtown Houston during the fall. With top salsa, timba, merengue, plena, reggeaton and bachata acts, PRC Festival entertains –among others–Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Houstonians who love Caribbean music, regardless of their countries of origin. The internationally acclaimed PRC Festival is the largest celebration of music and Caribbean culture west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit prcfestival.com, PRC Fest Facebook page and @PRCFest on twitter.
About Carnaval Americas: From the producers of the successful PRC Festival, comes an event that transcends borders, language and culture. Carnaval Americas rich cultural, musical and culinary Latin experience engages revealers in a United Nations of fun. Carnaval Americas takes place in Houston on Sunday September 22 from 10am to 10pm. Performers at the event include international headliners and local bands and dance groups.
For more information, please visit www.prcfestival.com.
For full article, see http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/willie-colon-gilberto-santa-rosa-and-rey-ruiz-to-headline-the-7th-puerto-rican-and-cuban-festival-and-first-carnaval-americas-219434731.html