MIRAMAR – In the spirit of giving back, popular Latin Jazz percussionist, Tito Puente, Jr. has donated his services to appear at Caribefest, scheduled for Sunday, September 2 at Lakeshore Park in Miramar.
Puente will bring his special blend of modern Latin dance music, with a musical fusion containing elements of House and merengue music. He will also pull on his father’s legacy as the “Mambo King” and perform some of his father’s classic hits dating back from the 1940s.
Tito Puente Jr.
“To have an icon like Tito Puente, Jr. appear on Caribefest is such an honor” stated Alex Davis, director of Caribefest Inc., co-presenter of the event with the City of Miramar. “We are even more delighted that he chose to donate his services to the residents of Miramar and we are truly grateful to have him grace our stage.”
Staged annually by Caribefest Inc., and the City of Miramar, Caribefest 2007 is a free multi-cultural festival focusing on the music, food and culture of the Caribbean. The festival has a tradition of featuring top Caribbean acts, and this year will feature Tarrus Riley the talented young singer/songwriter, who grew up in Miramar.
Also scheduled to appear at Caribefest is veteran reggae vocalist Leroy “Heptones” Sibbles, local Latin sensation La Potencia Latina, Kompa stars Hangout and Gabel and young Latin Hip-Hop wonder Michael Garcia. Adding to the entertainment will be the Virgin Islands Mocko Jumbies and a local steel band to energize the early crowd.
Over the years, Caribefest has become one of the major events staged in the City of Miramar. The City is responding to the needs of its diverse population by supporting high-caliber events which appeal to the varied ethnic composition of its residents.
Rounding out the festival will be a varied selection of booths selling Caribbean foods such as jerk chicken, curry goat and fish, plus cool drinks to quench the thirst of patrons jamming’ to the music while enjoying the evening’s entertainment. A selection of T-shirts, art and craft items as well as other novelties will also be available from vendors. Major corporations will also be offering free gifts as well as valuable prizes such as trips and vacation packages to lucky raffle winners.