Don't forget to salsa during "Siempre Salsa Philly Week"
This week for the first time Philadelphia is dedicating a full week honoring artists, musicians and educators who have made major contributions to the emergence and growth of the salsa music genre in the city.
In June, the Philadelphia City Council approved a resolution, introduced by Councilwoman María Quiñones, declaring July 6 to 12 as “Siempre Salsa Philly Week.”
According to the resolution, “Siempre Salsa Philly” was established by Jesse Bermudez, founder of A.M.L.A.; Carlos Sanchez, Orquesta Del Barrio bandleader; and Robert Bernberg, owner of Latin Beat Magazine, as an initiative designed to preserve and foster the growth of authentic salsa music throughout the city of Philadelphia
During the inaugural ceremony at City Hall Bermudez, Bernberg and Sanchez received a proclamation by the Office of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.
Legendary salsa manager Héctor Mainsonave attended the ceremony and was awarded both a Bermudez Lifetime Achievement Award and a resolution by the city government honoring his impressive impact on the world of salsa.
Celebrations will continue on Wednesday, July 8 commemorating "Siempre Salsa Philly Dance Party & Celebration of Jesse Bermudez Day" starting at 7 p.m. at The Painted Bride, featuring Orquesta del Barrio and special Guests. The event will also include a dance lesson by Flaco's Dance Factory. Tickets at Painted Bride or by phone at (215) 925-9914.
On Thursday, July 9 “Latin Night at Parx Casino” with DJ George Dennis presents Willy Torres and his NYC Salsa Project for a night of salsa dancing beginning at 9 p.m.
On Friday July 10 at 9 p.m., Isla Verde Nightclub presents "Salsa — Sonido del Barrio, a Tribute to Jesse Bermudez and his Former Students at A.M.L.A." featuring, Toce de Clase and special guests. Hosted by Ray Collazo, of RayJess.com radio.
On July 11 and 12, Concilio will host the 34th annual Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Latino food vendors from nearly every Latin American country, artisanal crafts, a youth dance competition, musical acts and information fairs.
The festival will also mark the closing of “Siempre Salsa Philly Week” featuring Cintron Band on Saturday and acclaimed salsa singer La India, headlining on Sunday, featuring Sergio George, Michael Stuart and Isidro Infante.
For more information visit Siempre Salsa Philly.