This Friday, Texas State University and the School of Music’s Latin Studies area will present “Final Friday,” the first Salsa Night of the year. “Final Friday” will feature two multi-award-winning acts: Latin ensemble Salsa del Rio and talented musician Pete Rodriguez.
Salsa del Rio is a student-based Latin group that love to jam to Latin grooves. In their repertoire they have everything from mambo, son-montuno and cha cha cha, to bolero, merengue and guaguanco. Salsa del Rio was awarded Best Blues, Pop and Rock Recording at the Downbeat Music Awards in 2007 and Best Salsa/Merengue Group of the Year at the Premios a la Musica Latina three years in a row, from 2005 to 2007. They have recorded five albums and performed at several parts of the world.
Dr. Pete Rodriguez –son of legendary Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez- is an amazing trumpet player, singer, percussionist, composer and recording artist with a very extensive musical background. He attended the prestigious Escuela Libre de Musica in Puerto Rico, where he began his musical career, and was a trumpet player at the jazz band while in the military. He also attended the jazz program at Rudgers University in New Jersey, where he got his first gig as a vocalist for bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Rodriguez has performed next to legendary music figures such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco and David Sanchez, among others. He has also participated in several Latin Grammy-winning albums. He released his debut album Mind Trip in 2006, and El Alquimista in 2008.
With this said, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the dance floor moving to hits by artists like Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, Olga Tañon and Celia Cruz, among others. The event will take place on Fri. Feb. 22 at the LBJ Student Center at Texas State University. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. and will go until midnight. This event is free to the public and will feature free dance lessons taught by Go2danz of San Marcos.