Rock Hall's Annual Acknowledgement of Latinos Happens Tomorrow

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These people are happy the Rock Hall is devoting a whole day to them
  • These people are happy the Rock Hall is devoting a whole day to them

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Latino Heritage Festival, held each year in honor of Latino Heritage Month, returns from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow outside on the Rock Hall’s plaza. It’s free.

Since a majority of the Cleveland area’s Latino population hails from Puerto Rico, the artist lineup leans heavily on that island’s culture.

Ismael Miranda, a Puerto Rican native now based in New York, will perform with popular and versatile local Latin band Sammy De Leon y su Orquesta. Reggaeton artist Divino went the other way, moving from New York to Puerto Rico, where he became involved in the scene surrounding the distinctively Puerto Rican form of rap; he’ll give Cleveland an authentic sample of the sound.

The show will be rounded out by Cleveland dance ensemble Grupo Isla Del Encanto, 30 kids and teens who specialize in Puerto Rican folk dances like plena and bomba.

The Rock Hall will also be showing PBS documentary Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles, continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Exhibit Hall. The film’s producers, Jon and Nancy Wilkman, will be there to answer questions. That event requires paid admission to the museum. —Anastasia Pantsios

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