t'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.
July 15 features Son de Madre! Son de Madre is a Latin band based in New York with members from Cuba, Argentina, Israel, and the United States. The band's international flavor is a blend of Cuban music-son, mambo, bolero, timba-infused with jazz, funk, and Brazilian influences. Son de Madre and its members are on the top of the Latin music scene and have performed or recorded with artists such as Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Victor Manuelle, and La India, and on the most prestigious stages in New York's jazz scene. The band's second recording is on its way.
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.
Official Website: http://www.berklee.edu/events/summer
Added by Berklee MR on July 9, 2010