Local Events Board: 2nd Annual Latino Heritage Celebration

by Rose Bustamante
September 3, 2014 • 171 views

Whittier

Rio Hondo College hosts its second annual Latino Heritage Celebration, a free community celebration of Latino arts and culture of the Rio Hondo region.  The Celebration, a co-production of Arts & Cultural Programs and Student Life & Leadership, takes place on Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Rio Hondo College 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. In addition to games and inflatables, food trucks and arts activities, there will be numerous college and community-based groups. The Celebration features performances by dance troupe Raices Peruanas, salsa band Son Cinco and a live broadcast by Mega 96.3 FM.  Headlining the event will be Grammy Award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band.
“The role that Latinos play in the arts, entertainment and culture of this region is huge,” says Jasmine López, Director of Student Life and Leadership. “We have all kinds of music, food, art and entertainment—all coming out of the cultures of Latin America. We want to embrace and celebrate the Latino culture in all its aspects.”
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.  Poncho Sanchez brings his Latin Jazz Band to the intimate stage of the Wray Theatre for what is sure to be the music event of the season.
The Latino Heritage Celebration is free and open to the public.  Seating for Poncho Sanchez is limited—tickets will be available at the Celebration on a first come, first served basis.  For more info about the Celebration visit our website at www.riohondo.edu/arts or call (562) 908-3471.

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