The 31st New York Salsa Festival will honor one of the most important salsa figures of all time, Héctor Lavoe, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 16th at 8pm.
The tribute to the “Singer of the Singers,” produced by the promoter and businessman Ralph Mercado, will bring together prominent salseros Willie Colón, Cheo Felciano, Andy Montañez, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodríguez, Ismael Miranda, Tito Nieves, Cano Estremera, Domingo Quiñones, Tony Vega, Michael Stuart, “El Canario” José Alberto, Eddie Santiago and Yomo Toro.
The wider variety of artists includes musicians from Puerto Rico’s younger generations, such as La Nueva Calle, Vico C, Voltio, Residente of Calle 13, Tony Touch y Zion, from the duo Zion & Lenox, and the New York Salsa Orchestra under the musical direction of Isidro Infante and the great LQ Dancers.
Born of a guitarist father, Lavoe left his home in Puerto Rico for New York at the age of 17, bringing with him inspiration from his favorite singers Daniel Santos, Chuito el de Bayamón, Idilio González and Feliciano. After producing the album “El Malo” in 1967 with Colón, he went on to master the art with salsa classics “Mi Gente,” “Hacha y Machete,” “El Todopoderoso” and “Periódico de ayer.”
Despite his personal life surrounded by tragedy and heartaches like the death of his son or his addiction to drugs, Lavoe was always loved and admired by his public that supported him through his last days. He passed away on June 29th, 1993. Admiration for his legacy lives through books, plays and movies about his life’s passions.