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Marco Antonio Solis and Gilberto Santa Rosa plan Coliseum bash

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Get ready for an evening of Mexican pop and world class Salsa when Billboard Latin Music Award winner Marco Antonio Solis and Tropical Album chart topper Gilberto Santa Rosa pay a visit to the Nassau Coliseum on Sat., Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. This will be their only New York appearance.

Marco Solis, Antología and Los Bukis

Will Marco Solis crank out traditional Ranchera music, or strum a few Grupero chords for Coliseum goers next month? With a string of successful albums dating back to the mid-70s, the productive composer and producer will probably cover both and a whole lot more. His current release, Antología, on the Fonovisa label, is a four-disc set containing 72 songs, all written and sung by Solis. Included in the anthology are "Mi Eterno Amor Secreto,” “Acepto Mi Derrota," "El Milagrito," "Deséame Suerte" and a bonus DVD.

There is one more thing. Where Paul McCartney had the Beatles, Mick and Keith the Stones and Roger and Pete, the Who, Marco Solis also had his own band of remarkable musicians, called Los Bukis. Solis made Latin music history with his cousin Joel and Los Bukis. But after a parting of the ways, Marco has taken it on the road as a solo act. You do not have to worry, though. He will be in good company at the Coliseum.

Gilberto Santa Rosa, the charts and a stack of recordings

Also on the bill with Marco Antonio Solis will be “El Caballero de la Salsa,” or the “Gentleman of Salsa,” Gilberto Santa Rosa. With more hits on Billboard’s Tropical Album charts than anyone, that title has been well earned. No doubt, fans will be moving and grooving to premier Salsa and Bolero out in Uniondale when Santa Rosa hits the stage.

Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Santa Rosa has recorded 26 albums, including 1980’s Homenaje a Eddie Palmeri, a favorite among enthusiasts. His latest collection, aptly named Gilberto Santa Rosa, has 13 tracks full of emotion. Some of the gems include “Estas Ahi,” “Derroche,” “Si Yo Fuera Tu” and “Si Te Vas, Te Vas.” It should be interesting when Marco Antonio Solis and Gilberto Santa Rosa share the Coliseum spotlight. For many, this may be the first and only chance to see and hear these superlative voices together in concert.


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