Thursday, September 03, 2015

Puerto Plata Means Music

Merengue Festival in Puerto Plata
If you're in Puerto Plata on the weekend of 25-26 September 2015, check out the merengue music festival at La Puntilla.
25 September 2015: Hector Acosta, Chiquito Team Band and La Nueva Escuela (urban music).
26 September 2015: Merengue Big Band with Dioni Fernandez, Aramis Camilo, Benny Sadel, Rasputin, Feny Ortiz, Diomedes, Tito Gavy "Los Kenton," urban music star Mozart la Para and grassroots music by Banda Real.
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
Now in its 19th year, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival promises four nights of free concerts from 4-8 November 2015 in Santiago, Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Confirmed artists for 2015 include international jazz players David Sanchez Quartet and John Patitucci, and the Pedrito Martinez Group. From the Dominican Republic, Pengbian Sang and Retro Jazz, and Manuel Tejada will be playing, as well as Josean Jacobo, Javier Vargas and the Big Band of the Santo Domingo Music Conservatory. Marco Pignataro and Matt Marvuglio of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will also be playing.
This year the festival will pay tribute to saxophone players Juan Colon, Crispin Fernandez and Sandy Gabriel.
The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
Jazz dates are:
4 November Santiago
5 November Sosua
6 November Puerto Plata
7-8 November Cabarete

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