A Night of Lively Latin Music with Tito Puente, Jr
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 8:01 pm
Tito Puente, Jr will bring a night of lively Latin music on May 20 to the Cumberland County Playhouse. The son of the late, legendary Latin music percussionist, composer and arranger whose career as “El Rey”–the King–spanned half a century, crowds once lured to a venue by the father’s magic are returning to enjoy the son—participating once again in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.
Born in 1971, Puente, Jr had dreams of playing rock ’n’ roll. It wasn’t until the passing of his father in 2000 that he began to feel the pull of the family legacy, and began to perform his father’s music. He is on a mission to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, but with contemporary influences in its rhythms and structure.
He has become a favorite entertainer at performing arts centers and jazz festivals nationwide as his rhythms ignite and Afro-Cuban beats fire up audiences, crossing cultures and generations. Puente, Jr states “There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy, all over the world. My goal is to keep it alive, and in doing so, expose it to a whole new generation.”
Currently at the Playhouse is Mitch Albom’s inspiring memoir Tuesdays with Morrie, rated G and sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise, through May 12; one of the greatest Lerner & Loewe musicals, My Fair Lady, rated G, through June 9; and the smash-hit comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, rated PG-13 and sponsored by Stonehaus Winery, through July 14. Visit at www.ccplayhouse.com or call 931.484.5000 for more information or to purchase tickets.