Sunday, August 23, 2009

Durham Latino Festival

durham latino festival

tropical sundown 2

Hurricane Bill brought us a tropical sundown between raindrops at the Durham Latino Festival. I missed Latin Project, but heard good things from people in the know.

Here's Alberto Carrasquillo doing an extended trumpet solo early in Carnavalito's set. Serena Wiley gets in a few good licks on saxophone.

Some fun dancer footage during their opener--catch that dip at the end:

And here's a percussion descarga with guest Lucas Torres of The Latin Project:

It was nice to hear the crowd, which had taken shelter from the rain under tents, nonetheless show their appreciation with hefty applause. It was also nice to see friends old and new. Here's one of my newest: Felix Jr. and Kelly Padilla's salsera-in-training!

tough girl

Old-timers know the Padilla family for their involvement in Salsa Carolina, promoters of the Triangle's first salsa parties dating back to the early 1990s.

I've heard nothing but positive feedback from folks about the Durham Latino Festival this year. Credit goes to organizer Rosalie Bocelli-Hernandez and the hardworking people at Durham Parks and Recreation.

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