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LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS presents ANDY MONTANEZ’s “TODO UNA VIDA CONCIERTO!”

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FEATURING TITO PUENTE JR. TRIBUTE TO TITO PUENTE, EL TRIO IDEAL, JOHNNY OLIVIO AND HERENCIA PLENA

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the legendary ANDY MONTAÑEZ  “TODA UNA VIDA CONCIERTO!”, on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 8:00 pm. For this incredible concert, the remarkable Andy Montañez celebrates his 60th anniversary, featuring TITO PUENTE JR., performing a Tribute to TITO PUENTE, along with performances by EL TRÍO IDEAL, and the exciting dance rhythms of JOHNNY OLIVIO and HERENCIA DE PLENA

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for ANDY MONTAÑEZ on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 at 8pm ($125, $95, $75, $60, $50) can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at https://www.lehmancenter.org/events/andy-montanez. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway.

ANDY MONTAÑEZ, “El Godfather de la Salsa”, celebrates his 60th anniversary. Known for his rich, powerful vocals, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He gained international popularity during his 15-year tenure (1962-1976) as lead vocalist of the legendary salsa group El Gran Combo, producing 37 albums that included hit songs such as “Hojas Blancas”, “Un Verano en Nueva York”, “El Barbero Loco”, and “El Swing”. In 1977 he replaced Oscar D’León in the popular Venezuelan orchestra La Dimension Latina, recording eight albums in three and a half years that included hits like “El Eco del Tambor” and “Ave María Lola”. In 1980, Montañez formed his own orchestra in Puerto Rico and released the popular album Salsa Con Caché. In 2007, he released the hard hitting salsa album El Godfather De La Salsa, which also became a success on the charts.The 2010 El Gran Combo tribute album, De Andy Montañez Al Combo that featured new arrangements of the hit songs “Brujería”, “No Hago Más Ná” and “Carbonerito” rose to number 5 on the Billboard Latin Tropical chart. In 2018, Andy Montañez was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS.  

TITO PUENTE JR. and his orchestra will be celebrating the centennial of the “King of Latin Music”, Tito Puente, in a tribute performance along with Eddie Torres Jr. dancers. This will be a retrospective performance of the “Mambo King”, Tito Puente. Tito Puente Jr. passionately carries on his father’s musical legacy, nurturing it to ensure that his father’s memory remains alive. He has become an audience favorite in performing arts centers, symphony halls and jazz festivals worldwide, performing more than 300 shows over the past five years. 

EL TRÍO IDEAL consists of Pedro Velez (lead vocalist); Guillermo Cruz (second voice and second guitarist); and Santos Cruz (lead guitarist and third voice). Their recent album, Para el pueblo con amor, includes such songs as “Mi Viejo,” “Bajo un Palmar” and “Amor de Madre.”

JOHNNY OLIVIO Jr. & HERENCIA de PLENA, specialize in Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music, a rhythm-driven, percussion-focused tradition of popular music, chant and dance that originated in Ponce, Puerto Rico at the beginning of the 19th century and is native to the barrios and coastal zones of the island. While being firmly rooted in the musical traditions of Puerto Rico, Herencia de Plena’s sound adds a modern twist to the Bomba and Plena genre, exposing the traditions and style to future generations.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, by public funds through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and the Bronx Delegation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. We are thrilled to share that Goya Foods has agreed to renew their sponsorship for this season which will help Lehman Center expand our reach to the community. In addition we have secured funding from the Howard Gillman foundation to help grow our programming. The 2024 season is also made possible through sponsorships by Con Edison, Havana Café, Friends of Lehman Center, and our cherished audience members.

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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