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Tito Puente Tribute

 

Salsa Aids Benefit
"EL CONCIERTO POR LA VIDA"

Musical Performances by

Albita
Ruben Blades
Tito Puente
Celia Cruz
Johnny Pacheco
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Maria Conchita Alonso, Host
Luis Avalos, Director
Oscar Hernandez, Musical Director

With Special Guests

Liz Torres, Christy Turlington, Elizabeth Vargas

Honoring entertainer Rosie Perez and community advocate Moise's Agosto for their courageous work on behalf of people with AlDS.

I was really blown away with the appearance of Rosie Perez who was extremely articulate and spoke of how she became an activist for the cause of finding a cure for AIDS. I doubt if there was a dry eye in the audience after she spoke.

 

Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, the highlights of the EL CONCIERTO POR LA VIDA held on November 16. 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. This show was to benefit The Gay Men's Health Crisis. I don't think that I ever attended a performance with as much great music as this one.

For the grand finalé, Ralphie Irizarry came on stage to perform on timbales.

 

Johnny Pacheco, Tito Puente, Hector Casonova, Gilberto Santarosa, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, Sophie, Maria Conchita Alonzo, Ralphie Irizarry.

 

Ileana Padron (Cuban music enthusiast), Angel, Ileana's cousin and Alexis. Angel and Alexis are mulit-percussionists from the Cuban band El Medico de la Salsa.