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Fort Worth's MusicArte on the River, Oct. 15-16, 2011

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Culture and entertainment define Fort Worth's MusicArte on the River. An annual tradition produced by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this event celebrates Hispanic heritage through sensory exploration. See, smell, taste, touch and listen to stimuli designed to immerse attendees in North, Central and South American customs.

Held at Panther Island Pavilion on the Trinity River, MusicArte offers guests a glimpse of vibrant sights that are central to the Hispanic culture. Aesthetic appeal will flourish in Trinity Uptown this weekend with more than 40 booths exhibiting crafts and fine art from artisans around the world.

Live music adds depth and flavor to the colorful vista. Saturday night’s headline entertainment is provided by Los Lonely Boys and A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings. Also on the itinerary for Saturday and Sunday are The Adrian Garza Band, Latin Express, Josh Weathers Band, Havana NRG, The Legend Classics Band, Bleu Edmonson and David Lee Garza y Los Musicales.

For a more tangible flavor, MusicArte offers a taste of Latin cuisine. Authentic dishes and regional wines, beer and beverages will be available, their fragrant aromas tempting patrons as they drink in the sounds and scenery.

More sabor can be found at MusicArte in the form of dance, which figures prominently in the Latin culture. The International Dance Pavilion highlights this tradition with performances and complimentary dance lessons. Attendees are invited to experience first-hand the heat and energy of salsa, cha-cha-cha, tango and more.

Jim Lemay, founder of Fort Worth Salsa, is an active proponent of Latin dance in the metroplex and frequently contributes to MusicArte’s dance segment. Jim will share his passion on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. as he offers a Latin dance exhibition and free salsa lesson. Performers include Manuel Jimenez and Stephanie Boudreau, Kane and Melanie Donald of My Salsa Dance Studio and David Herrera (Step'N'Move Studio) and Ashley Balcazar (Dallas Salsa Examiner and Dallas Bachata Examiner).

MusicArte on the River runs from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:00 p.m until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for 21 and under. For further information please consult the official website at www.musicartefw.com.

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