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For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2011

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Laura Phillips

Join the Salsa Dance Party at Tropical Park on October 21 Featuring Orquesta La Tradicion with Andy Harlow

October is National Hispanic Heritage Month

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Put on your dancing shoes and bring the family to Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 Street, Miami, on Friday, October 21, 2011, for an exhilarating salsa dance party featuring Orquesta La Tradicion with Andy Harlow of the famed Fania All-Stars.  Admission and parking are free for this live concert event.  Showtime is 8 p.m.

Orquesta La Tradicion was founded by four veteran New York salsa musicians - Harlow, a noted reed and vibes player and his band mates Robert Heredia (double bass), Mario Marrero (guiter/percussions/keyboard) and Charlie Santiago (bongos). Their music is classic 'Salsa Dura' (Hard Salsa), a genre of Salsa music which reined in New York and Puerto Rico during the '70s and '80s. 

"The hard driving sound of trombones, flute, rhythm and vocals, are guaranteed to keep everyone dancing, especially during our musical tribute to Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri," said Harlow, who conveyed that he had the privilege of collaborating with the nine-time Grammy award winner for several concerts and recordings, during his days with the Fania All-Stars.  With a 50-year music career, Palmieri is considered to be one of the most exciting pianists of both Latin Jazz and Salsa Orchestras.  "Se Acabo La Malanga,"  "Azucar", and "Palo Pa Rumba" are just a few of his high energy salsa hits.

Harlow, whose hits have included "Tin Tin Deo,"  "La Loteria," and "Calle Ocho," which he recorded in 1981 for Miami's Calle Ocho Festival, remains active as a performer on the South Florida concert scene and hosts a Salsa/Latin Jazz radio show "Fusion Latina" on WDNA-FM 88.9 in South Florida.

The October 21 concert featuring Orquesta La Tradicion is the first of four spotlighted in the 2011-2012 Noches Tropicales free concert series, which is produced by Miami-Dade Parks and sponsored by Target. Other concerts in this series include the Miami-based Cuban timba band Tiempo Libre (December 2), world-acclaimed Puerto-Rican percussionist Edwin Bonilla (February 10), and the eclectic Afro-Cuban rumba ensemble Los Herederos (March 23). 

Now in its sixth year, Noches Tropicales has showcased 19 concerts that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian jazz, and a Spanish version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 Street, Miami. Noches Tropicales concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket and chairs to better enjoy the festivities. For more information on Miami-Dade Parks' Noches Tropicales concerts at Tropical Park, call 305-271-0812 or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

About the Miami-Dade Parks:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.


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