Berklee Summer Concert SeriesJavier Arroyo and the Salsa Night Band

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Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
United States
Javier Arroyo and the Salsa Night Band

Bandleader Javier Arroyo, a Cape Cod resident, has deep roots in music. As a young boy in Puerto Rico, his father and uncles would gather up in the evenings, bringing their guitars along with the Puerto Rican "cuatro," and sing old boleros, guarachas, rancheras, and Puerto Rican "decimas." Javier loved the way the sounds intermixed and soon developed his singing skills in tone with them. They would give him nickels and quarters for singing the songs they especially liked.

Arroyo has performed on stage with such artists as Willie Colón, Luisito Ayala, Puerto Rican Power, Cano Estremera, and El Gran Combo.

Arroyo's Salsa Night debuted at the Puerto Rican Festival 2002 in Boston. The 12-piece group features some of the best musicians in the Northeast and is recording its first CD.

Read more about the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.