Among the vast array of performances comprising the 29th season of Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell is a series of great, varied Latin music: Celebrate Brooklyn!’s Bud Light Latin Music Series.
Having recently relocated from Cuba to Miami and reached new levels of acclaim, the salsa singer Isaac Delgado will headline the first concert in the series—and his first New York performance since his move—which begins at 7:30 on Thursday, July 5. The show also offers the solo debut of Xiomara Laugart, lead singer of the Cuban-African-hip-hop-funk mob Yerba Buena, and a deeply danceable performance by the Mexican art-folk group Pistolera.
Isaac Delgado is one of the most inventive and beloved modern salsa singers of his generation, an artist with a unique style that fuses Afro-Caribbean rhythms with elements of pop and jazz. His recent, much-discussed move from Cuba to Miami yielded his first newly recorded material in this decade, "En Primera Plana" (On the Front Page). The album’s first song is a duet with Puerto Rican salsa star Victory Manuelle, “La Mujer Que Mas Me Duele” (“The Woman that Hurts Me Most”), which just made a very successful debut at radio. His music has evolved to include experiments with electronic and avant-garde elements.
At Celebrate Brooklyn!, the big band of Isaac Delgado y Su Grupo will include Issac Delgado (vocals), Isaac Delgado Jr. (keyboard), Fabian Picon (bongo and bell), Dannys Savon (congas), Robert Vilera (timbal), Milton Salcedo (piano), Alex Duque (bass), Gustavo Mejia (vocals), Marcos Domenech (vocals), Dante Vargas (first trumpet), Julio Diaz (second trumpet), Nestor Zabala (second trombone), Sigfredo Olivancia (sax), Alberto Barros (first trombone, Musical Director).
En Primera Plana is Delgaldo’s first album of new material since 1998’s "Mi Primera Noche," which was considered his most unusual and ambitious work. The album followed New York, Otra Idea, whose goal was to filter salsa through a "New York vibe.”
Also known as El Chevere de la Salsa, Isaac Delgado launched his professional career with the Latin band Proyecto and soon after joined the bands Orquestra de Pacho Alonso and Galaxia Group.
In 1988, he became the lead vocalist in the Cuban dance group NG La Banda, creating a contemporary sound from the fusion of traditional influences and modern-day popular rhythms. NG La Banda was awarded an EGREM 1990-1991 Prize. In 1991, Delgado established Issac Delgado y Su Grupo, whose first album, Dando la Hora, received the EGREM 1992 Prize for Best Album Recorded in a Foreign Country. His follow-up, Con Ganas won two EGREM 1993 Awards: Best Dance Music Album and the Critics Award.
Xiomara Laugart is already well known to Latin, jazz and world music aficionados for her association with the acclaimed collective Yerba Buena. Her solo material—as evidenced on her 2006 solo debut Xiomara fuses the essence of Cuba, with its rhythmic folk songs, to a sophisticated, contemporary sound. The music is driven by her powerful vocals, which recall the extraordinary contralto of Celia Cruz and the social consciousness of Nina Simone.
“La Negra,” as Xiomara is also known, made her first professional appearances in Cuba with legendary musician and songwriter Pablo Milanese. She rapidly rose to the top of an impressive field of Cuban singers and was an instant international success and has toured the globe multiple times.
Pistolera is a NYC-based band that epitomizes the Latin pop-folklórico genre. Fusing traditional Mexican musical styles with a pop-rock sensibility, the electrifying quartet features the Spanish-language songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, the melodic accordion of Maria Elena, and the lock-step rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.
Since the release of their debut album, Siempre Hay Salida, in November 2006, the band has been featured in Billboard, The Ne