Join us this year for this FREE family festival, August 8 & 9, 2015, 11am-8pm!

Bicentennial Park Stage





Jose Pena: ¡HOLA COLUMBUS! from Festival Latino on Vimeo.


Banda Machos: ¡HOLA COLUMBUS! from Festival Latino on Vimeo.


Special Festival Host:
Richard Bastar Jr., known as B. A-Star, is a former member of the group Tercera Generation (or 3G) with his brothers, boasting the fact that they are the third generation of Bastar in the music industry. Now pursuing a solo project, B. A-Star has created a new urban dance sound.
Music all day provided by:
DJ Cale caters to Caribbean and Latin American tastes, spinning salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, Latin pop, Latin dance, house, and a touch of American Top 40 music. He will be providing music from the main stage throughout the Festival.
 
Saturday, August 8
12:30 pm - David Lamus
 
1:45 pm - Grupo Persa
This Columbus-based Mexican musical group consists of eight young men who perform Latin dance music such as cumbia, sacadito, norteña, y quebradita.
 
3:00 pm - Al Son Del lya
This tropical music group pays homage to a variety of Latin musicians including Hector Lavoe, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Joe Arroyo, Olga Tañon, and more.
 
4:15 pm - Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda
Dominican – Merengue
After years of experience working as a performer, composer, and arranger, Dominican-born trumpet player Jose Peña Suazo established his own merengue music project, La Banda Gorda. The group’s first album, Libre al Fin (1994), launched the group into stardom in the Dominican Republic, and its second album, Candela Pura (1995), made them a national and international music phenomenon known for its diverse style and Caribbean flavor.
 
6:15 pm - Luis Vargas

Dominican – Bachata
Singing and playing lead guitar, Luis Vargas is one of the Dominican Republic's most popular bachata musicians. He was one of the first to play bachata with the electric guitar, an innovation which contributed to the genre's expanding popularity. One of the most active live bachata acts in recent years, Vargas has added an urban Reggaeton style to his performances.


 
Sunday, August 9
12:15 pm - El Seven
Ignacio Zarco, better known as El Seven, is a composer, producer, and singer that will digitally release album Con Sentimiento in 2015, showcasing his signature style of mixing a variety of Latin styles of music.
 
1:30 pm - Ohio Latina Fashion Show

Catch a showcase and celebration of modern Latino style as local adults and children model a progression of fashion from traditional Latin clothing through the modern designs of today.

 
2:30 pm - Ritmo Ondas featuring Zancudo

Columbus Latin pop singers Rachel Sepulveda and Victor Zancudo along with salsa band Ritmo Ondas will perform current and classic hits by artists such as Pitbull, Price Royce, Leslie Grace, and La India.

 
4:15 pm -Banda Machos
Mexican – Banda/Quebradita
Now touring in celebration of their 25-year career, Banda Machos has essentially combined Banda with cumbia to create Quebradita, a danceable style of the traditional Banda music. After more than 20 albums to their credit, this Mexican band has become known as "La Reina de las Bandas" (Queen of the Bands) because of their unique costumes and early contributions to the Quebradita genre.
 
6:15 pm - Oscar D’Leon
Venezuelan – Salsa/Caribbean
Better known as “El León de la Salsa (Salsa’s Lion),” Venezuelan singer Oscar D’ León is one of the world’s most prominent authors and performers of salsa and Caribbean music. His musical career spans a trajectory of more than 30 years, recording more than 50 albums inspired mainly by Benny Moré and Cuban sounds.
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