Boogaloo Extravaganza @ Lehman Center
PHOTO: “King of Boogaloo” Pete Rodriguez (left) liking it like that with a little help from his friends @ Lehman Center
(September 30, 2017) The pioneers of “Latin Boogaloo” returned to the stage at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Promoter Richie Bonilla presented “Boogaloo Extravaganza” headlining some of the prominent players from the era.
Regarded by many as one of the “true” Nuyorican music genres, Latin Boogaloo, in its heyday, echoed through the streets of Latino neighborhoods, packed dance clubs throughout New York City, and penetrated American airwaves.
The well-attended concert was hosted by “Mr. Salsa” himself, Izzy Sanabria – founder & publisher of Latin New York Magazine (circulation 1973 – 1985). The opening set featured The New Swing Sextet – a New York City born group led by the vibes of George Rodríguez. The vocals skills of Orlando Ortiz shined, during their musical tribute to the late Joe Cuba.
The groove jumped into full gear with the appearance of the “King of Boogaloo,” Pete Rodriguez and his band. His classic jams, “I Like It Like That”, “Micaela”, and “Fango” turned the center into a huge Boogaloo party-house. Pete was joined by veterans Bobby Bonilla (timbales) and singer Frankie Morales.
Bringing the show to an exciting close was the legendary sound of the dynamic duo, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz. The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award winners were thorough in delivering their montage of genre defining hits.
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