WTLQ 97.7 Latino FM presents the first annual Para La Cultura festival at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, March 21 starting at noon. Para La Cultura will feature seven full concerts, including headline performer Olga Tañón. The festival will also include a large variety of food trucks and vendors. Festival information will continue to be posted at www.culturamusicfest.com.
General admission tickets are available for $39 at www.conciertogrande.com or at Seminole Casino Hotel. VIP tickets are available from $89 and include preferred seating and a bar serving free wine and beer (must be 21 years of age for VIP entry). A limited number of VIP tables are available for booking in front of the stage, and include six tickets, with free wine and beer bar service, and rum bottle setup.
The lineup for Para La Cultura includes:
• Olga Tañón: A best-selling, award-winning Puerto Rican tropical and Latin pop singer, songwriter, and set designer, Tañón has, since 1992, sold millions of recordings across the globe. Throughout her career, "La Mujer de Fuego" (the woman of fire) has been awarded seven gold and five platinum albums. She was the first female Puerto Rican artist to be certified gold in the United States, selling more than 500,000 units of the 1996 album “Nuevos Senderos.” She is the winner of numerous Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, and has placed nearly 40 singles on the Hot Latin Songs chart. She is the artist with the highest number of Premio Lo Nuestro awards (more than 30). She has been honored by the Salon of the Fame of the Latin Songwriters with the "La Voz de La Musa" Award and the prestigious Hispanic Award for the Arts. Tañón has also used her voice and music for social justice: she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has promoted immigration reform, and has been influential through her participation in the Concert of Peace Without Borders in Cuba in 2009 with an attendance of 1.6 million people – the third concert with the largest audience in the world. She returned in 2015 to give two historic concerts – Promesa Fulfilled – with over a million attendees.
• Luis Enrique: Luis Enrique has won three Latin Grammys, one Grammy, three “Lo Nuestro” awards, four Latin Billboards, two Ronda awards, as well as the recognition of the Huaco awards, TVyNovelas, Aplausos, ACE y ASCAP. After becoming the most revolutionary figure in the salsa scene in the 1980s, LUIS ENRIQUE went through a period of nine years without recording, although he never left the stage. The theme “Yo no se mañana” captained the musical project that returned Enrique to a place of notoriety among the public, colleagues and industry in general and resulted in a masterpiece that consists of 11 themes and new sounds interspersed with classical salsa. In 2013, the singer was invited to be part of the Broadway play “Forever Tango” in New York City where he performed alongside 16 world-class tango dancers and the 11-piece orchestra of “Forever Tango.” His most recent production, “Jukebox – First Edition,” brought an innovative concept in his career in which for the first time he interpreted musical successes as pure salsa.
• Rey Ruiz: Born in Havana, Cuba, Rey Ruiz has been a prominent figure in the romantic salsa scene since the early 1990s, earning the title of "El Elvis de la Salsa" for some and "El Bombón de la Salsa" for others. His record career began with an album that bore his nickname “Rey Ruiz” in 1992, in the 1950s mambo style and went platinum. He also won the Billboard and "Lo Nuestro" awards with several successful songs. He then participated in the “Los Soneros de Hoy” project, which was in honor of the salsa pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s. The project album included Ruiz singing “Compone un Son.” Ruiz's second album, “Mi Media Mitad” reached the Billboard Latin List, and one of his songs, "If You Are Asked," went to the top of the list of the Dial Chain in Europe and went platinum in Puerto Rico and the United States and gold in Colombia. His third album, “En Body and Soul,” included the popular songs "We Are Alone" and “Come Back with Me.” His album “Destino” marked his debut as a songwriter. His hit songs through the years include "My Angel," "You Don't Know," “I loved her and loved her,” the duet with Brazilian singer José Augusto “Siempre Mía,” "Move It," "Friends of Truth," and "Since You Are Not."
• Melina León: Melina León began her professional career as a teenager in musical groups such as Las Cherís and Rubí, Las Chicas de Puerto Rico, Merengue Orchestra and Paparazzi. In 1997 she became a soloist with her first production "Mujeres Liberadas," which represented the beginning of an ascending and successful artistic career. In 1998, she released her second album, "Con los pies sobre la tierra," which won numerous awards. In 2010 she recorded her third production "No Seas Cobarde" and was nominated and won “Premios Lo Nuestro” as tropical artist of the year. Melina’s most recent single "Dicen que yo soy mala" is the sequel to her iconic theme "Mujeres Liberadas."
• Charlie Cruz: With only his second album as a soloist, “Imaginate,” Charlie Cruz hit the international scene. With the WEA Latina label, the production was helped by Sergio George who directed and arranged. In that album, Cruz was co- songwriter of “Y gritaré,” together with Guadalupe García and Sergio George. His latest release is “Asi Soy” featured the song “Hoy es el Dia.” His other notable hits include “Bombon de Azucar," "Amarte es un problema," and "Dejala que Baile.”
• Oscarcito: Oscar Hernández, better known as Oscarcito, is considered one of the soloists of the new generation, after a solid career in the A.5 group and with the successful duo Franco and Oscarcito. The Caracas, Venezuela native has release singles that have achieved international fame, such a “Tumbaye,” “Tu Eres Perfecta” and “No Te Tengo A Ti” while also collaborating to produce songs for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and Marc Anthony, Victor Manuelle and Thalia.
• Manu Manzo: In 2015, Manu Manzo produced her first EP, “Como Soy,” which effortlessly defined her unique style for combining meaningful lyrics with multiple genres including Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues and Neo-Soul. Manzo would collaborate with fellow artists including Latin Grammy nominee Alex Ubago and Latin Grammy and Grammy award winners Tommy Torres and Luis Enrique. The EPlbum produced stand-out tracks "El sueño más urgente", "Como soy" and "XXX novio" and would earn her first Latin Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist." She followed up with the highly anticipated release “Intermedio” which included the Hip-Hop infused track “Vicio y adiccion“ and “Sienteme,” a neo-soul track produced by James Poysner of the hip hop band The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff. In November 2018, Manzo released the single and video for “Caminando,” a fresh new cut that combines urban and Latin sounds with a smooth flow of lyrics influenced by a modern Latin urban style. In 2019, Manzo released her next single "Sucia Boca."
Lawn chairs can be brought into the General Admission Section of the concert only; chairs are not allowed in the VIP Section as seating is provided. No outside food or drinks can be brought in but will be available for purchase. No pets or animals are allowed. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to enter the VIP or Table Section. All other seating areas are open to all ages. Tickets are non-refundable and the show is rain or shine.