Que pasa in la.

Author:Mangual, Rudy
Position:Columns
 
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Under the hot California sun, the summer of 2009 in Los Angeles was again a sizzling season to be remembered with numerous concerts and music festivals pleasing the most critical of spectators. Perhaps the most anticipated event this season was the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Salsa Music Festival, which took place on Saturday, August 22 at the renowned Greek Theatre. Produced by Nederlander Concerts in association with Eddie Rodriguez & Latin Works Music, this year's event headlined the legendary Puerto Rican band El Gran Combo, Cuban superstar Willy Chirino, and salsa veteran singers Ismael Miranda and Junior Gonzalez. The full-house crowd witnessed a commendable performance by the aging superstars of El Gran Combo, which featured pianist Willie Sotero, while bandleader Rafael Ithier simply conducted the band. Willy Chirino and his Miami based group delivered his time-tested proven hits, preceded by brief performances by Ismael Miranda and Junior Gonzalez backed by a local band under the direction of trumpeter Luis Eric Gonzalez. The latter was old-school salsa at its best.

More "Sizzling Summer Nights" were also held at the Autry National Center this summer season at Griffith Park. On August 28, the last concert of this year's summer season at the Autry National Center was hot, hot, hot, with Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad firing up the biggest night of the season. Sizzling Summer Nights is an annual all-ages dance party that features the best Latin bands in the Southland every Thursday in July and August from 6 to 9 p.m. A steady attendance of 500 to 850 people each night from all walks of life came together to party under the Los Angeles sky including salsa dancers, musicians, kids...

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