22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Kicks-off with an Electrifying Friday Night Concert!

salsa.logoThe 22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival kicks off with a special Friday night concert (July 24) held at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard from 7 to 9 p.m.

The concert features Oscar Hernandez and Alma Libre with special guests Justo Almario and Dr. Bobby Rodriquez. Oscar Hernandez is known as a very gifted pianist arrangers on the contemporary Latin, Latin Jazz and Salsa scene and is considered one of the most important composer/arrangers of Latin Jazz today. His recording of ‘Un Gran Dia en el Barrio’ resulted in a Grammy Nomination and Latin Billboard award for Salsa Album of the Year.

Admission is $15 per person for adults and $10 for kids 6-14 for general concert or lawn seating and tables for six are available for $120.

Oscar Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez

About Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernández is all about tradition. Born into a large Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx, it was the nearby Spanish Harlem neighborhood that shaped his cultural musical sensibilities. The soundtrack to this bustling enclave in the ‘60s, emanating from any given window on any given day, was a mix of Latin Jazz and American pop radio. Hernandez started playing the trumpet at age twelve; he switched to piano shortly thereafter. By the time he finished his teen years, he was making a living as a professional musician and gigging with some of the most talented Latin Jazz artists of the ‘70s. He spent much of the ‘80s producing, arranging and playing piano for Panamanian vocalist Rubén Blades, and writing music for some of the biggest names in Latin Jazz, while simultaneously leading his own group. In 2010, Hernandez’ Spanish Harlem Orchestra earned its first Grammy for Best Tropical Album.

The latest project from renowned world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernandez. Beginning with his work with the Grammy Award winning salsa group Spanish Harlem Orchestra Oscar has established himself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. He now brings us his take on Latin jazz with this new quintet Alma Libre. In English – Free Soul – Alma Libre brings together the rich history as well as the soulful and free-spirited Latin American influence on jazz music. Joining Hernandez are the premiere players in today’s Los Angeles Latin-jazz scene.

Musicians joining him for this performance include:
Justo Almario: Columbian born, a multi-instrumentalist of the highest caliber, Mr. Almario has mastered the soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet and flute. His signature sound can be heard on some of the greatest jazz records old and new. He served as Musical Director for Mongo Santamaria; toured/recorded with Jazz Legend Roy Ayers, and currently provides musical direction to the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, while working on his newest CD, a collection of Columbian infused stories and traditional dance pieces.

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez: Trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer, entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author and educator.

Jimmy Branly: Born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in a rich musical environment of Cuban flavors. He began his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Havana Adolfo Guzman and ENA (National School of Art. His approach to drumming is at the highest levels of musicality. He has recorded with Jazz Greats Flora Purim, Strunz and Farah, and performs with some of the biggest names in Jazz.e

Eddie Resto: Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Eddie Resto is one of most well-known bassists in Latin Jazz Music. As a young man, he played bass for Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and Eddie Palmieri, and other big names in music.Ea

Christian Moraga: Born in Santiago Chili, he moved to the United States in 2005, he has performed with renowned artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Chaka Kahn, Poncho Sanchez, Harvey Mason, Bob Mintzer, Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad and many others.

The 22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, and sponsored by Gold Coast Broadcasting, Bud Light, Mission Foods, Vallarta Supermarkets and many other generous community partners.

For out-of-towners planning to attend the Oxnard Salsa Festival, why not make a weekend out of it? Oxnard’s on-the-coast location makes for an ideal summer getaway. With two or more days in Oxnard, Festival-goers can enjoy a day at the beach, bike riding at the harbor, sport fishing, golf or even the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in addition to all of the salsa festivities. Oxnard hotel options range from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For a listing of hotels and visitor attractions, visit www.visitoxnard.com or call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-2-Oxnard.

For Festival information, call 805-535-4060, or visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com

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