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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents Masters of the 80’s

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents MASTER’S OF THE 80’S, an elegant musical journey through the golden age of Salsa from the 1980s, with pioneering superstars of Latin music, RAY DE LA PAZ, RAULÍN ROSENDO, RAY SEPÚLVEDA, and ROBERTO BLADES, on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 8pm. This will be a historic concert featuring the creators of unforgettable classics such as “Solo Tu y Yo,” “Mentirosa,” “Lluvia” and “Ya No Regreso Contigo”, recreated with a softer, romantic feel for a night to remember! 
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 MASTERS OF THE 80’S on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 8pm (VIP $100, $85, $65, $40, $35) 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/80s-masters. 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.
RAY DE LA PAZ was born in Harlem, and grew up in the Bronx. In 1970 he became the vocalist for El Conjunto de Don Juan for two years before hooking up with Chino y su Conjunto Melao, singing on their self-titled first album (1975) that contained the hit “Que Bien Te Vez”. In 1976, he recorded his debut album with Ray Barretto on Barretto Live, the first of four records he would cut with Barretto. In 1982, along with José Alberto “El Canario” and Isidro Infante, he recorded the Louie Ramírezalbum, Noche Caliente, salsa arrangements of hit ballads. Later he released hits, “Estar Enamorado” and “Todo Se Derrumbó”, creating a new style of music now called Salsa Romántica. In 2000, he joined the Spanish Harlem Orchestra as lead vocalist and their GRAMMY nominated debut release Un Gran Dia En El Barrio (2002) won the Latin Billboard Award for Salsa Album of the Year. Subsequent albums Across 110th Street (2004) and Viva La Tradicion. (2010) both won GRAMMY Awards.
RAULÍN ROSENDO is from the Dominican Republic, where he grew up surrounded by the musical rhythms of the local Afro-Antilles culture. At age 12 he started singing with the merengue group El Chivo y Su Banda, and performing with Fernando VillalonaConjunto Clásico, and Los Vecinos. Known as the “Angry Sonero”, he released Salsa Con Amor (1988), and his solo debut album, Salsa, Solamente Salsa(1990). His very popular 1995 album, El Sonero Que El Pueblo Prefiere, spawned the chart-topping single “Uno Se Cura” and earned Rosendo nominations for both Cassandra and A.C.E. awards.
RAY SEPÚLVEDA was born into a Puerto Rican family that settled in New York. The salsa singer was inspired by Latin artists at a very young age, learning from his father, Ray Sepúlveda Sr., a bolero singer and recording artist with the Trío Los Románticos. He later performed with Frankie Ruíz in La Dictadura. In 1977, he joined Sociedad 76 Orchestra, and in 1983 joined the Adalberto Santiago Orchestra. In 1988 he formed the Johnny and Ray Orchestra with fellow Sociedad ’76 alum, percussionist Johnny Ray (Zamot), and recorded two albums. Sepúlveda went on to release five solo albums, and in 1992, his album, “Con Sabor” reached the Latin Billboard charts. 
ROBERTO BLADES, brother of Latin artist Ruben Blades, was born in Panama. In 1981, he joined the Miami-based Orquesta Inmensidad, providing the vocals for the chart-topping hits “Lágrimas” and “Ya No Regreso Contigo”. As a composer Blades has Seven Billboard Hot Latin number one hits including Marc Anthony’s “Dimelo”, for which he was honored as songwriter with the 2000 Latin GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year. He also is an accredited music producer, winning the 2001 GRAMMY for Best Tropical Latin Album for Gloria Estafan’s record Alma Caribeña, Named BMI’s 2001 Songwriter of the Year, he has written and produced for Jon SecadaRicky MartinThalia, and Alejandro Fernandez. In 2002 he won the GRAMMY Award for Best Salsa Album, for his solo album Encore.  As an artist, Roberto Blades has sold more than 15 million records throughout his career.
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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