2014 FESTIVAL LATINO to Be Held in Bicentennial Park, 8/9-10

2014 FESTIVAL LATINO to Be Held in Bicentennial Park, 8/9-10

Festival Latino, the two-day, family-friendly, free celebration of family, community, and Latin American culture, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 11 am-8 pm each day. Due to City construction in Genoa Park, the 2014 Festival Latino will shift across the river to Bicentennial Park.

Festival Latino sponsors include Honda (presenting sponsor), the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, David & Mo Meuse, American Family Insurance, Hilton Columbus Downtown, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, AARP, Aaron's, AEP, Erie Insurance, L Brands Foundation, McDonald's of Columbus & Central Ohio, Mount Carmel Health System,

Sensodyne Dental Health Spa, State Auto Insurance Companies, State Farm, Target, Walgreens, 5-Hour Sample, LLC, Bob Evans, Columbia Gas of Ohio, El Sol de Ohio, F & K Iglesia de Cristo, H&R Block, Hola Columbus!, Huntington, IDT Telecom, IntelliSource, La Jornada Latina, La Prensa, Mega 103.1 FM, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance,

Safe Auto Insurance Company, The Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Time Warner Cable, and Trillium Farms.

Saturday, August 9

1:00pm - Noel Vargas

Mexican singer/songwriter Noel Vargas began singing on the streets of Mexico at age 11, telling the story of his life through music. He currently lives in Columbus, and will be releasing his new single, "Quiero Que Te Vayas," at the end of summer.

2:00pm - Herman Olivera

Olivera is considered by many as one of few remaining soneros (improvising lead singer) of salsa. He has toured and continues to tour all over the world, appearing as a featured vocalist in many prestigious festivals and TV shows, including stints with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Band. His diction, vocalization, soul, and feeling combined with his charisma and the palatable timbre of his voice projects the well-seasoned mixture of Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

3:15pm - Frankie Negrón

Puerto Rican salsa superstar Frankie Negrón's distinct blend of traditional salsa with progressive influences such as pop, rock, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and reggaetón has garnered him several Grammy nominations, Billboard Award nods, and two Premio Lo Nuestro Awards for "Song of the Year." He's also had several number one singles, four gold and platinum albums, and nine Billboard Top 40 Hot Latin Tracks.

4:45pm - Brazeros Musical de Durango

The six youths of Brazeros Musical de Durango began their musical careers when their ages ranged from 14 to 21. Only a few short months later, the group released its debut CD, El Errante, selling more than 15,000 copies in less than one month. Their follow-up record, Buscando Amores, opened doors to performing stateside in duranguense's capitol city, Chicago. A warm reception there led to regular airplay and an ever-growing fan base. The duranguense audience found their youthful looks and endless energy irresistible. With a noticeable presence on the charts since 2004 and a contract with the powerful Disa label, Brazeros Musical de Durango established a strong position for themselves even before all their members could legally drive.