Main Stage

11:00

Welcome
Washington Park Drummers
Music with DJ Rolo


12:00

Reggaeton
with Mob Man & Blaze
Local Performers
Music with DJ Rolo


1:00

Salsa Dance Demo
by En Clave Dance Studio
Announcements
Music with DJ Rolo


2:00

T o n y   S w i n g

3:30

Reggaeton
with Mob Man & Blaze
Local Performers


4:00

Announcements
Music with DJ Rolo


4:30

T i t o   R o j a s


KidZone

12:00 - 5:00


Food, Crafts, &
Information Vendors


12:00 - 5:30

2011 Headliner:  T I T O   R O J A S (El Gallo Salsero)

Tito Rojas is the headliner at Albany LATINFEST 2011Of all his qualities, talent and humility are the ones that have made Tito Rojas so loved and admired here and around the world.  He is acknowledged as one of the premiere salsa artists in the world having brought salsa to the international community during a career spanning 35 years, more than 20 albums, millions of records sold, and fans worldwide.  He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, and was the first to introduce salsa to Israel.

His artistry has been recognized by numerous awards: The Guaca Gold and Gold Owl Mola from Panama, TY y Novelas Colombia; Special Time Award Discorona of Venezuela, four NY ACE Awards, two NY Star awards, three Ampex Diplo Award and four Farandula Awards from Puerto Rico; seven Paoli Awards in the Salsa Singer category; several Grammy nominations; and the Major Salsa Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Tito Rojas, born Julio César Rojas in Humacao, Puerto Rico, grew up singing for his family and with his friends.  He got his professional break with the Pedro Conga Orquestra in the mid-70s.  In '78, he recorded his first hit Con Amor (With Love) with Conjunto Borincuba.  That year Tito joined the Fania All-Stars, and had another hit El Campesino (The Farmer).  In the late 80s, he recorded the hit salsa versions of the ballads Noche de Bodas (Wedding Night) and Quiereme Como Soy (Love me the way I am) with the Puerto Rican Power band.

In 1990, Rojas went solo releasing Condename (Condemn Me), in '94 A Mi Estilo (My Style), and in '95 Por Propio Derecho (On my own right) which won him a double Platinum Record Award, the Paoli Prize for "Best Salsa Artist of the Year" and an ACE Award.  Two more hits followed the next two years: Humildemente (Humbly) and Pal' Pueblo (For my town).

In 2002, Rojas and his band performed and recorded live in Las Vegas.   He has continued to produce new albums and hits over the past decade.   The latest, Independiente was released in late June.   With his music, Tito Rojas continues touring throughout Central and South America, the United States and Europe.  Wherever he performs, his music and unique style have become part of daily lives of those who heard him sing.

T O N Y   S W I N G

Tony Swing to perform at Albany LATINFEST 2011With hit songs like Hit The Dance Floor and The Swing Is Back Tony Swing (El Matatan as he is now called by his fans) shows us that it's all about the dancing and feeling the beat, all about the energy.  Tony launched his solo career in 2000 with a performance, released by Showtime, at the The Manhattan Center of New York.  His guests included the late Tito Puente, Milly Quezada, Sergio Vargas, Jose Alberto "El Canario," and Tony Vega.  But that's not where it all began.

Tony Swing (Juan Antonio Morales) was born of Dominican parents in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but raised in New York City.  His early childhood love of music was the driving force behind becoming a DJ at age 10.  By 15, was working in the New York nightclub scene.  He soon realized his talent as a singer would expand his career beyond spinning discs.

In 1986, a successful audition led to a two-year stint with the band Luis Almonte, followed by two years with Musiquito, and in 1990 with Joseph Poite.  Tony's career took a giant artistic step forward when he joined the internationally known The New York Band in 1991.  Over the next four years, he recorded many well known songs including "Pelotero la bola", toured extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and performed frequently in New York City including Madison Square Garden.

The mid-nineties saw continued artistic growth and NYC recognition with the bands Pochy y su Cocoband and Oro Solido, and La Banda Loca before he decided to go solo in 2000.

In addition to his singing, Tony has moved into movies including "Boricuas Bond" with artists like Frankie Negron, Method Man, and Big Pun.  He is both a producer and actor for Niche Films.

Tony Swing Playlist: Mas Que El Amor, and Como Tu Lo Baila.

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