El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico – one of the oldest and best-known salsa bands in the world – will headline the Fourth Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival which takes over Penn Avenue at Eighth Street in the Cultural District on June 20-22. The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.
Founded in 1962, the 15-member orchestra has never stopped recording, with four of El Gran Combo’s albums reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album chart over the past decade. (Check out a recent hit, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso [Without Salsa There Is No Heaven] here.)
“The JazzLive Festival is committed to presenting a vast array of music from locals to legends, and El Gran Combo’s history takes the festival to new heights as an international music destination,” said Janis Burley Wilson, director of jazz programs and vice president of education and community engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
ImaginePittsburgh.com is sponsoring El Gran Combo’s performance to kick off a year-long initiative highlighting the Pittsburgh region as a place of opportunity for people from Puerto Rico who may be considering a career move to the states.
ImaginePittsburgh.com is a project of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its Affiliates, which are part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership. Also including The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, Roberto Clemente Foundation, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Allegheny County, Allegheny County Airport Authority, City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Promise, Point Park University, World Affairs Council-Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and VISITPittsburgh, the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership seeks to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.
Learn more at HolaPittsburgh.com, and look for social media updates under #HolaPgh.
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