Holyoke Latin Jazz Fest 2014


Sponsored by MIFA Victory Theatre


Date: Friday, October 10, 2014


Time: 6pm – 11pm


Venue: War Memorial Auditorium


Tickets: $5.oo at the door



This event is part of Next Stop: Holyoke!


The Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival will present inexpensive live Latin jazz music as part of PassportHolyoke's Next Stop Holyoke. The festival will take place at the Holyoke War Memorial in Holyoke, MA, and will showcase local and regional musicians along with world-class performers from the region performing a fiery mix of Latin jazz and traditional salsa including traditional beats from Cuba and Puerto Rico and other styles such as Mambo.



Musical Line Up

Victory Sterling Y Sabor A Timba


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sabor A Timba keeps the concept of live improvisation of Latin and afro caribbean jazz music alive.


Ahmed Gonzalez-flute Rene Gonzalez-bass Tony Gonzalez-timbales and drum set David Yi-piano, musical director Victor “Papo” Sterling-tumbadoras, bata drums, bongos, and director


WILO and De Lomas y Sones Band 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM


De Lomas y Sones is the new Cuban dance band led by singer/percussionist William Armando Rodriguez. The band’s name translates as “Of Hills and Songs,” and pays tribute to its Vermont home. The band’s specialty is Afro-Cuban son, the dance style that is the root of salsa, cha-cha-cha, and mambo. With congas, bongó, bass, piano, flute, saxophone and vocals, De Lomas y Sones delivers an evening of deeply grooving Cuban sounds.


William Rodriguez-director, lead vocals, percussion Maricel Lucero-lead vocals, minor percussion, vocals Wes Brown-bass, vocals Julian Gerstin-percussion, vocals Dan Dewalt-piano Jon Weeks-sax, flute, minor percussion


Featuring special guests:

Samirah Evans-lead vocals Ahmed Gonzales-flute, sax, minor percussion, vocals


Dino Y Su Alegre Swing Band 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM


Alegre swing is a local New England band made up of 9 talented musicians that came together to bring you the best in old-school salsa and son montuno. Alegre is “to be happy” and swing is “to gel together as one to ride the musical roller coaster, feeling the same rhythmic orgasm as the rest of the band.”


Rick Dallasy Cruz-piano Manuel Colon-percussion/vocals/congas Roberto Piniero-percussion/vocals/bongos Norberto Lopez-percussion/timbales Rene Robles-minor percussion/ vocals Manuel Mundo-trumpet Jerami Lopez-trumpet Jimmy Mesbour-trombone Dionisio (Dino) Perez Jr.-bass/musical director


Featuring special guests:

Eliezer Torrez-guitar Vicente Maisonette-percussion


An after-party is scheduled at Salsarengue Restaurant with Latin music provided by DJ Wichy starting at approximately 11:00 PM!