Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Latino star welcomed at Samba Fest

Third Annual Trinity Samba Fest Welcomes Salsa Star
Ray Gonzalez will Headline Free Connecticut Music Festival

HARTFORD, Conn. -- New England’s reigning salsa big band, Ray Gonzalez y Su Orquesta, is the main stage headliner at the third annual Trinity College Samba Fest hosted by Trinity College and taking place Saturday, May 2, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The schedule for the free festival includes performances by regional musicians and interactive entertainment for children.

Other feature acts are De 4 Ahwee & Co., a locally based West Indian steel band with a reputation rapidly on the rise, and the Trinity Samba Ensemble, a drumming and singing group that performs several genres of Afro-Brazilian music and is directed by Professor Eric Galm. Guest artist Gleide Cambria, a dancer from Bahia, Brazil, will perform with the Samba Ensemble. [Note: Artist biographies follow.]

Samba Fest provides interactive entertainment for children, with games, sports, and crafts organized by the Trinity Fun Fair (co-chairs Margot Gianis ’10 and Juliana Sheldon ’09) and by Trinity Athletics.

An open-air event, Samba Fest is held on the Trinity College campus, between Broad and Summit Streets, near New Britain Avenue (specifically, the Mather Quadrangle in front of Austin Arts Center). In case of rain, Samba Fest will be moved to the Vernon Social Center, 114 Vernon Street, which is also on the Trinity College campus. Nearby CT Transit bus routes are the 37, 39, and 61. (For bus schedule, call CT Transit at 860-525-9181.) Free parking is available at Trinity.

Samba Fest is underwritten by Trinity College’s Departments of Music, International Studies, History, and Athletics; Annual Community Events Staff (ACES); The Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Community Services, and Campus Life; The Austin Arts Center Guest Artist Series; Latin American and Caribbean Studies Major; PRESHCO—Programa de Estudios Hisp├ínicos en C├│rdoba; Center for Urban and Global Studies; Campus Climate Committee; Community Learning Initiative; Women and Gender Resource Action Center; Chartwells; and WRTC 89.3 FM Radio.

Telemundo is the media sponsor of Samba Fest.

Samba Fest will be simulcast on WRTC 89.3 FM.

Admission to Samba Fest is free, with an optional contribution of a non-perishable food item for a local food pantry suggested. For more information, please phone 860-297-2199 or visit

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