Special Opening Act FUNK SALSA URBAN
GOYA FOODS, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States presents the LATINO CONCERT SERIES 2018 Inaugural Concert at LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS with the return of Salsa, Tropical Pop, and Bolero Superstar JERRY RIVERA performing Salsa with Love! on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 8 pm. Opening for Jerry Rivera will be the New York-based Latin band FUNK SALSA URBAN.
“I am thrilled with a sponsorship relationship between Goya Foods and Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. There is a natural alignment between us, given Goya Foods’ unparalleled position in the Latino food industry and the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States and Lehman Center’s reputation as a leading presenter of Latino music in the Bronx, Northern Manhattan, Westchester County, and beyond” states Eva Bornstein, Executive Director.
“Through its Latino Series, Lehman Center has brought iconic performers to the Bronx for more than a decade, showcasing top artists such as Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Eddie Palmieri, Prince Royce, Jose Alberto, as well as the late Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. The Forever Freestyle and Parranda Navideña concerts are perennial sellouts. In addition, Lehman Center always features the greatest symphonic music and dance companies from Latin America. The Latino community can be found at every show in the Center’s 30 event season, not just for the Latino Series. Goya Foods support will make it possible for the Latino Series to grow and continue to attract large audiences for many years to come!”
The four-time Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum-selling singer Jerry Rivera, one of the biggest musical acts in the world, will perform his Salsa Romantica hits such as “Amores Como el Nuestro”, “Casi Un Hechizo”, “Ese”, and “Qué Hay De Malo?”. Opening for Jerry Rivera is FUNK SALSA URBAN. Produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo.
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 JERRY RIVERA on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 8pm are $125*VIP, $75, $55, and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org.
*VIP Reception: The HAVANA CAFÉ, Havana Club Rum and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine, beer, Havana Club Rum & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30 pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. At the reception meet other patrons and the staff of Lehman Center. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Havana Club Puerto Rican Rum.
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. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
JERRY RIVERA, the Salsa, Tropical Pop, and Bolero Superstar, was born and raised in Puerto Rico in a musical family of singers and is one of the best-selling Tropical music artists of all time. As a child, he would often accompany his parents at their performances. At one of these shows, Frankie Ruiz sang a couple of songs with them and posed for a picture with the then 13-year-old Rivera, forever becoming his idol and inspiration. A year later, Tommy Olivencia heard Rivera sing and encouraged his father, Edwin “Pino” Rivera, to make a demo of young Jerry, which Pino presented to CBS Records, who subsequently signed him. Rivera earned the nickname “El Bebé de la Salsa” with the release of his first album Empezando A Vivir, which spawned his first hit “De La Cabeza A Los Pies”. His second album, Abriendo Puertas (1990), recorded when he was only fifteen, held the #1 position on the Billboard Tropical Album chart for eight weeks, and included the hits “Dime”, and “Más Que Tú”. Most notably, that album is considered responsible for turning on a new, younger generation to Salsa. Rivera then followed up with the 1992 quadruple-platinum album Cuenta Conmigo, one of Salsa’s top-selling albums, that went on to remain a combined forty weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album chart and won two Premios Lo Nuestro Awards (for Best Tropical Album and Best Male Performer). That album contained what is now considered Rivera’s signature song, “Amores Como El Nuestro”, as well as three other major hits: “Casi un Hechizo”, “Una en un Million”, and the title track “Cuenta Conmigo”. In 1993, he released the Grammy-nominated album Cara de Niño, which climbed to #2 on the Billboard Tropical/Salsa chart and contained “Que Hay de Malo”, his first hit to reach the top ten singles chart, which peaked at #4. The triple-platinum selling album went on to win the Venezuelan Orquidia de Oro award, Miami’s Congo de Oro award, two Premios Lo Nuestro Awards, two Diplo Prizes, and a Grammy nomination for Tropical Music Singer of the Year. Rivera’s more than twenty albums recorded over his prolific career range from Tropical Pop to the Bolero album Rivera (2001, that included the #1 hits “Ese”, and “Quiero”) and his popular Salsa tribute to Frankie Ruíz, Canto a Mi Idolo…Frankie Ruíz (2003, with the hits “Mi Libertad”, and “Puerto Rico”), which garnered his fourth Grammy nomination. Amongst his multitude of top 40 hit songs are “Loco de Amor”, “Suave”, “Una y Mil Veces”, “Magia”, “Quien de Los Dos”, “Solo Pienso En Ti”, “Solo Con Un Beso”, and “El Amor Existe”. In 1994 Rivera acted in the film I Like It Like That and has appeared in several Puerto Rican television shows as well as the Latin American soap opera Mi Destino Eres Tu, which aired in the US on Univision in 2005. In 2007, he released Caribe Gardel, a tribute to Argentine singer Carlos Gardel that featured Gardel’s “Cuesta Abajo”, one of that year’s major salsa hits. His latest releases are Frente a Frente (with Rey Ruiz, 2015), Evolucion (2015), Salsero Original (2016), and this year’s new single “Me Hace Daño Amarte”.
FUNK SALSA URBAN – The New York-based Latin band F.S.U (Funk Salsa Urban) released their first single “Amazing” in 2016. Inspired by 90’s Latin group DLG, Funk Salsa Urban is fusing the basic Salsa rhythms with elements of Funk & Urban, including Spanglish lyrics, to create an inner city new sound. Their new single is entitled “Starboy”.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2018 Winter/Spring Season is made possible by Goya Foods, Con Edison, TD Bank, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Rudin Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, and the friends of Lehman Center.