Fania Records, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer, is partnering with SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, to offer fans a multidisciplinary citywide program featuring dance, music, poetry, theater, film, visual arts, panels and family programming. The historic concert will be held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets, which became available on Friday morning, are $90 for general admission and $1,000 for VIP.
The series will feature legends that were on the label, artists who were part of the larger salsa movement and contemporary artists whose works are influenced by the Fania All Stars.
Highlights include Fania co-fonder and Fania All Stars musical director Johnny Pacheco; American salsa music performer Larry Harlow; musician and salsa bandleader Bobby Valentin; salsa music percussionist and dancer Roberto Roena, a long-time member of Fania All Stars; salsa singer and composer Ismael Miranda; salsa singer Adalberto Santiago; New York-based conguero Eddie Montalvo; American actor John Leguizamo; New York Cuban charanga and salsa band Tipica 73; and Grammy-nominated American drummer of Puerto Rican descent Bobby Sanabria.
Ballet Hispanico, Moona Luna, Nuyorican Poets Café and special guest Victor Manuelle will also be present. The event will feature an opening DJ set from The Whiskey Barons.
In 1964, Jerry Masucci, an Italian-American lawyer, and Johnny Pacheco, a composer and bandleader born in the Dominican Republic, founded Fania Records, a New York-based salsa record label. Four year later, they created the Fania All-Stars, a musical ensemble that highlighted musicians on the label. On August 24, 1973, the Fania All Stars performed for roughly 40,000 fans at New York's Yankee Stadium.
The label's artists performed a wide range of musical styles, including mambo, boogaloo, salsa, jazz, disco and house. Both the label and the artists', whose sound and style reflect the diversity of New York City, draw their musical roots from Cuba as well as their experiences in the neighborhoods of New York City and contemporary American culture.
To purchase tickets and get more information about the concert and the Fania All Stars lineup visit, visit Fania Records' official website.