NEWS RELEASE – September 29, 2009
LATINOS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES CLEVELAND PREVIEW OF THE NEW PBS DOCUMENTARY “LATIN MUSIC USA” WITH BOBBY SANABRIA
Cleveland, Ohio – Latinos Magazine announced today that it will co-host, along with The Roberto Ocasio Foundation and La Boca Restaurant, a free Cleveland screening of the new groundbreaking documentary, Latin Music USA, on Thursday, October 8, 8pm, at La Boca (5800 Detroit Rd, Cleveland). Bobby Sanabria, 2009 Latin Grammy® nominee and noted Latin-music historian who collaborated on the multi-media project and appears in it, will present an episode of the four-part series which will premier nationwide on PBS television over two evenings, October 12 and 19, and on PBS.org/latinmusicusa. The October 8th program will also include Latin jazz by The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project and a guest spot with Bobby Sanabria. This is a free invitation to the public with general seating; to guarantee dinner seating, guests must call for reservations, 216.961.5800.
“Latin Music USA (narrated by actor, Jimmy Smits) is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues — music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It is a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all.
Produced by a world-class team led by WGBH, in co-production with the BBC, Latin Music USA ‘invites the audience into the vibrant musical conversation between Latinos and non-Latinos that has helped shape the history of popular music in the United States,’ says series producer, Adriana Bosch. Fittingly, the series launches within Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions of Latinos to the United States and to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. The series features the stories of an extraordinary range of artists, including salsa greats Willie Colón and Marc Anthony; the Latin-inflected sounds found in much of sixties rock and roll, from the Drifters to Motown to the Rolling Stones; jazz fused with Cuban rhythms from Mario Bauzá, Machito, Tito Puente and Chano Pozo; the genius of Texas accordion player Flaco Jiménez; Carlos Santana; Linda Ronstadt; the legendary Chicano rock band Los Lobos; megastars Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Ricky Martin and Juanes; Miami rapper Pitbull; reggaetón performers Daddy Yankee and Tego Calderón; and Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. The life experiences of these and many other unforgettable artists will reveal how Latinos have reinvented their music in the United States, forging new identities but never losing sight of their own rich traditions.” -- AllAboutJazz.com
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-- Episode 1 – Bridges: Traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha chá as they sweep the US from East to West. Latin Music infiltrates r&b and rock and roll through the 1960s.
-- Episode 2 – Salsa: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create Salsa, which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.
-- Episode 3 - The Chicano Wave: Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage.
-- Episode 4 – Divas and Superstars: Focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latin youth gravitate toward urban fusions – Spanish rap and Reggaetón, as well as Rock en Español.
The Latin Music USA website is defined by its bi-lingual, hands-on-interactive features including dynamic clips and a player that streams the entire series in English and Spanish.
In Print: People en Español
People en Español, the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States, and its website, http://www.peopleenespanol.com, will include exclusive Latin Music USA editorial features and content across both brands. The online content on the People en Español website and in the magazine will give both visitors and readers a sneak peek at interviews and concert footage from the series.
An Invitation – Come Celebrate the Music!
FREE Cleveland Preview of New PBS Latin Music USA Documentary
with Bobby Sanabria
THIS IS A FREE INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC WITH GENERAL SEATING; TO GUARANTEE SEATING FOR DINNER YOU MUST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS: 216.961.5800
Thursday, October 8th, 8pm
La Boca (creative Latin cuisine)
5800 Detroit Avenue; Cleveland, OH 44102
Hosts: Latinos Magazine, La Boca, and The Roberto Ocasio Foundation
Ricardo Guilfu, Latinos Magazine, 216.254.9300
Rosita Kukut, La Boca, 216.961.5800
Bev Montie, The Roberto Ocasio Foundation, 440.572.2048