Willie Colon Comes to NJPAC This April
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Willie Colon: La Rumba Del Siglo on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 8 P.M.
Spend an evening with an undisputed legend of salsa when NJPAC welcomes iconic trombonist, vocalist and composer Willie Colón.
This evening will open with music courtesy of DJ Lobo of X96.3-Univision.
At the age of 15, Willie Colón was already signed to the legendary Fania Records, and by 17 he recorded his first album. During the more than five-decade career that's followed, Colón has recorded 40 albums and sold more than 30 million records worldwide, producing hits like "Che Che Colé," "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," "'El Día de Suerte," "La Murga," "Aguanile," and many more.
One of the most durable salsa artists of his generation, Colón's inventive music often utilizes elements of jazz and rock, and freely incorporates rhythmic traditions from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and from throughout the Africa diaspora. He has also collaborated with many of the world's top salsa artists, including Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz and Rubén Blades. Colón is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and in 2015 was classified as one of the "30 Most Influential Latin Artists of All Time" by Billboard.
"A live appearance from Willie Colón is indeed an event - he absolutely deserves his reputation as one of the most influential musicians in his field," says The Chicago Reader. "He can still light any stage on fire with his trombone, lead vocals and a catalog of hit songs," writes The Miami Herald.
Tickets to see WILLIE COLON will be available on Friday, November 30th at 10 a.m. at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., has the most diverse programming and audience of any performing arts center in the country, and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where Great Performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children and families) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.