PJCC & Montuno Productions are happy to announce the "Homenaje A Larry Harlow" summer concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The concert will celebrate the musical legacy of one of the most important and impactful figures in salsa music: Larry Harlow, known affectionately in the music industry as "El Judío Maravilloso." After his passing on August 20, 2021, The New York Times wrote: "In many ways, Larry Harlow — one of the central figures of salsa and its defining label, Fania Records — was a master at mixing the diverse musical connections between New York and the Caribbean. In a career that spanned six decades, he stitched together overlapping genres like rock, jazz and R&B and various Cuban genres like rumba, son and guaracha through intimate, soulful knowledge of both musical traditions."
The event, presented as part of the Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival Concert Series, will be, first and foremost, about music. Concert-goers should expect to be regaled with the sounds of salsa clásica, of salsa dura de los tiempos de La Fania — con Larry Harlow. And, of course, that means that salsa dancers that day will be hitting the large dance floor to the tunes of "Abran Paso," Señor Sereno," "Anacaona," y "Con La Mayor Elegancia," among many other classics.
Confirmed (entertainment lineup) artists include Conjunto VibraSÓN (directed by Jake Jacobs), and the Montuno Productions All-Stars Salsa Project (directed by Christian Pepin), featuring 8-time GRAMMY® nominee, Bobby Sanabria. Bay Area radio personality, Lus Medina, will be the DJ & MC.
In addition, the festivities will feature exhibits, presentations, carefully-selected vendors of arts and crafts, and food vendors.
It will all happen in an expansive outdoor field at the state-of-the-art Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) campus in Foster City, CA.