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The Return of India at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS present the return of INDIA for an unforgettable concert to celebrate her 30-year musical career on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 8 pm. India, La Princesa de la Salsa, who is famous for her chart-topping albums such as Dicen Que Soy, Ese Hombre, and Sobre el Fuego, will perform a concert that will include Salsa, some Free-Style and ballads. Special Guest MICHAEL STUART is one of Puerto Rico’s most prominent Salsa vocalists with hits like “Nina Bella,” and “Amor a Primera Vista.” Produced by Lehman Center and Leo Tizol.

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 INDIA on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 8pm are $100*VIP, $85, $75, and $65 and 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 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.

INDIA was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in the La Candela section of the South Bronx listening to recordings of Celia Cruz and Ella Fitzgerald. She made her professional debut singing with the popular dance music group TKA. While still a teenager, she recorded her first single “Dancing on the Fire” with its Spanish language version “Bailando En El Fuego” with mega-producer “Jellybean” Benitez and “Lover that Rocks” which made it into the top 5 dance singles chart. With producer “Little” Louie Vega, she recorded now classic hits “I Can’t Get No Sleep”, “When You Touch Me”, and “To Be In Love” and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts with “Love and Happiness.” In 1992, Eddie Palmieri came to the studio to hear her for himself. When they recorded the amazingly popular Llegó La India via Eddie Palmieri, “La Princesa de la Salsa” had arrived in the world of Latin music. In 1994 she released her record-breaking quadruple platinum album Dicen Que Soy, which included the explosive duet with Marc Anthony, “Vivir lo Nuestro.” This phenomenal album also contained the hits “Nunca Voy a Olvidarte,” “Que Ganas de No Verte Mas,” “Ese Hombre,” “O Ella o Yo” and the title track “Dicen Que Soy.” In 1996, India was spotlighted throughout Tito Puente’s salsa-flavored hit album with the Count Basie Orchestra, Tito Puente/India Jazzin’ with The Count Basie Orchestra, which resulted in five GRAMMY nominations. India’s Sobre el Fuego (1996), the first of two albums produced by Isidro Infante, and featured collaborations with Celia Cruz and Johnny Rivera, topped the Tropical/Salsa chart with the hits “Me Canse de Ser la Otra,” “Mi Mayor Venganza” and “Costumbres.“ The second, Sola, her highly acclaimed tribute to the late Cuban diva La Lupe, was honored with the 2000 Latin Billboard award for Best Tropical/Salsa Album of the Year. This was followed by a string of number 1 singles on the Billboard Tropical chart: “Seduceme” and “Traicion” (both from her 2002 album Latin Songbird: Mi Alma y Corazón) and “Ya No Queda Nada” (2005). In 2006, India was honored in her hometown of the Bronx by having a street named after her (across from the County Courthouse). The following year, she won the 2007 Latin Billboard Awards for the Best Female Tropical Album of the Year for her salsatón inflected Soy Diferente and Latin Dance Club Play Track of the Year for “Solamente una Noche.” In 2010 she released her ninth studio album, Unica, and her single “Estúpida,” hit #1 on the tropical Billboard charts. In 2011, she released “Tacalacateo” as a collaboration with DJ Peppe Citarella which peaked at #13 on the Billboard dance chart. India was a guest artist on arranger Tony Succar’s 2012 production UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson and in 2014 she joined Ismael Miranda and the Salsa Giants to record “Bajo la Tormento”. Her latest release, 2015’s magnificent tribute album to the great Mexican ranchera vocalist Juan Gabriel, Intensamente Con Canciones de Juan Gabriel jumped immediately to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart and when her latest single from the album “Ahora Que te Vas” became a #1 hit, India made history becoming the female singer with the most #1 singles in the Billboard Tropical Songs Charts. In 2016, India was honored with the Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album for Intensamente Con Canciones de Juan Gabriel.

MICHAEL STUART is a vocalist of Puerto Rican descent that was born and raised in New York City. From a young age, he was influenced by his uncle Israel “Timbalero” Stuart, a professional musician and bandleader, whom he would accompany to rehearsals where as a child he would sing and play the maracas or congas. A self-taught trumpet player, he also enjoyed singing the tunes of Héctor Lavoe, El Gran Combo, and Domingo Quiñones, who influenced his singing style. He started his professional career singing coro for Wichy Camacho, Marc Anthony, and Johnny Rivera. Recording his first album in 1966, Cuento de la Vecindad that featured the hit “Te Amo,” he was nominated for the 1997 Lo Nuestro New Artist of the Year Award, and won both the Tu Musica Tropical New Artist 1997 Award and the Farandula Magazine New Artist of 1996-97 Award. After releasing his second CD, Retratos, in 1998, that included his hit song “Niña Bella,” he was honored with the Paoli Award and Tu Musica Peoples’ Choice Award. Stuart regularly tours and releases new material, including his Latin Grammy and Billboard Award nominated 2005 Latin Pop Album Sin Miedo and his most recent release 2011’s Tributo a Louie Ramirez (Amanece y Sigue Caliente).

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.

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, 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.

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