Conjunto Oye! Fires Up Latin Sounds Concert Series
Pushing the throttle to full blast during their crowd pleasing and entertaining set at LACMA, Saturday, May 27, 2017
One of the most popular concerts series commenced with a bang!, Saturday, May 26, 2017, in the words of Mitch Glickman, Director of Music Programs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). "There is no better way to start the summer, than with a set of Salsa to open the 12th season of Latin Sounds at LACMA" stated Mr. Glickman.
Published on LatinoLA: May 30, 2017
Conjunto Oye! Were chosen to fire up the season with their unique brand of Salsa, to the delight of thousands of music aficionados and Salseros, spread out on the lawn of Hancock Park on this beautiful Southern California afternoon.
The band ask for a Moment of Silence in memory of Mr. Albert Torres, famous Salsa legend, choreographer and internationally known event planner, who recently passed away. Mr. Torres was famous for producing dancing and competition events since 1999.
His signature events was the Los Angeles Salsa Fest, formerly known as the LA Salsa Congress. You can find a Salsa Congress in countless countries all over the world. As I write this, Alma Del Barrio, was playing a fitting tune by Jimmy Bosch entitled "Ambassador of Salsa" written about Albert Torres. "The Los Angeles Salsa Fest celebrated the diversity of Afro-Latino rhythms and the unmistakable legacy it had brought to the world" (Source-Downtown Weekly, May 26, 2017).
Conjunto Oye! Was formed in 2004 by bandleader Adam Rundquist, this tight band continues to play a variety of Salsa styles, making them one of the hottest bands on the local Salsa scene today. The unique sound of Conjunto Oye! Is created by five horns that comprise rich five-part harmonies that result in a symphonic texture. Roosevelt Cordova is the lead vocalist, and is affectionately known as "El Presidente of Salsa" that adds to the band's popular appeal.
Conjunto Oye! Pushed the throttle to full blast during their crowd pleasing, entertaining set. The two dance floors, as well as the sidewalk in front of the stage were crowded with Salseros throughout their two sets.
Set one featured the tunes "Sin Salsa, No Hay Paraiso," "No Me Digan Ques Es Muy Tarde," "Cuando te Vea," "Venga Sabroso," "Que Lio," and "Quero No Ma."
Set two featured additional infectious tunes that kept the Salseros on the dance floor. The tunes were "Tun tun Suena el Tambor," "De Madrugada," "Ojos," "La Puerto de Dolor," "Llega la Hora," and "Maestro de Rumbero."
Hoping that your idea of Summer fun include a Stay-cation in the Greater Los Angeles area. The city has a lot to offer in the form of cultural events. Latin Sounds at LACMA began in 2006. I have joined may locals and tourists over the years for this highly anticipated series of concerts. Each year attendees can look forward to dancing and listening to world-renowned artists playing the latest sounds from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Los Angeles.
The concerts are held on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Mitch Glickman, Director of Music Programs consistently presents a wide rage of music from indigenous work to contemporary blends and Salsa. The series have included Chuchito Valdez, Mongorama, Dori Caymmi, Afro-Cuban Jazz Project and Costazul, to name a few.
Latin Sounds offers a casual, festival-like environment that attracts a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of music aficionados and Salseros from all over Southern California. The series runs from May through September in Hancock Park, on the north side of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Dust off your dancing shoes, pack a delicious picnic basket and head over to Latin Sounds at LACMA, the series is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.lacma.org/music. In-kind media support for Latin Sounds is provided by KKJZ 88.1FM visit www.jazzandblues.org
Ricky Ricardo is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer