Berklee Summer Concert SeriesJerry Rivera / Eguie Castrillo y Su Orquesta

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Saturday / July 31, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
United States
Jerry Rivera (left) and Eguie Castrillo

Through a special collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, City Hall Plaza will play host to a remarkable concert entitled Caliente, a Celebration of Latin Music and Culture.

Puerto Rico native Jerry Rivera comes from a family of talented musicians. As a child he would often accompany his mother Dominga, a singer, and father Edwin, a guitarist and director of Los Barones Trio, during their shows. When Rivera was 14, his father made a demo and presented it to the CBS music department, which signed Rivera.

Rivera began to be known as "El Bebé de la Salsa" (the baby of salsa) after recording his first album, Empezando a Vivir. Songs from his follow-up album became number-one hits across Latin America; his third album went platinum in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia and held the number-one spot in the Latin American Billboard charts for three consecutive months. It became the most-sold salsa album in history.

Rivera continues to perform with his band, both at home and across the Americas. His most recent album is Caribe Gardel. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eguie Castrillo first showed hints of musical ability playing a tiny organ in his parents' living room. Castrillo began playing the timbales at age 7, profoundly influenced by the music of the great bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente. These days, Castrillo is a high-demand percussionist and an authority on the rhythms of the Caribbean countries Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

When Castrillo's role model Tito Puente passed away in 2000, he decided to bring the mambo back with new touches. He put together an orchestra for the Latin Big Band concert at the Berklee Performance Center in November 2004. The orchestra played again at Berklee's Performance Center for a full house, doing a show called Latin Meets Jazz, and it also played at Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's inaugural ceremony to an audience of 10,000.

Jerry Rivera headlines.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.