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It's hard to cha-cha or salsa under summer temps without a refreshing breeze and plenty of room to dance. The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston, cool backdrops for sultry experiences. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of timba, mambo, bolero, Cuban, and Afrorican jazz mixed with funk, soul, and groove music. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, and alumni, along with world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Israel, and Brazil.

This Thursday features Fausto Cuevas y Su Orquesta la Moderna. Fausto Cuevas is currently on tour with Stevie Wonder, and is flying to Boston from Norway for this concert. A drummer from Brownsville, Texas, he made his way to Berklee, where he discovered his love for percussion and studied with masters Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. From Boston, Cuevas traveled to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. In addition to performances at the famed Playboy Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in New York, Cuevas has recorded, performed, and toured with world-renowned artists including Julio Iglesias, Al Jarreau, Tito Nieves, Roy Hargrove, and Britney Spears.

The free concerts are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Call 617 927-1707, or visit berklee.edu/events/summer for more information. All locations are wheelchair accessible. The O'Day Park concerts move inside to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the event of rain. All others are canceled with no rain dates.

Berklee College of Music; Villa Victoria Center for the Arts; ParkARTS; and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events present the sixth-annual series.

Official Website: http://www.berklee.edu/events/summer

Added by Berklee MR on July 9, 2010

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