Grammy Award Latin Jazz Artist Poncho Sanchez Headlines Downtown Street Jam
Downtown Street Jam is free concert that takes place Saturday, September 12 in downtown Riverside with headliner Poncho Sanchez. Also, family entertainment and music from 2-5:30 p.m. and free salsa dance lessons courtesy of UC Riverside Salsa Dance Club starting at 5:30 p.m. Grammy Award Latin Jazz artist Poncho Sanchez and his eight piece ensemble performs from 7-8:30p.m.
Headlining this Downtown Street Jam on September 12th is none other than the world renowned Latin Jazz artist Poncho Sanchez. This Grammy Award winning percussionist and his award-winning eight piece ensemble will heat things up from 7-8:30 p.m. with his sizzling performance.
Sanchez is one of the leading percussionists in the music industry today. His music style is a fusion of Latin/Afro Cuban style with some jazz, R&B mixed with a little funk. Music critic Scott Lenz of LA Times says of Sanchez, “As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas,” and the Chicago Tribune calls Sanchez one of the most accomplished and versatile Latin jazz bands in the U.S. Band members include George Ortiz on timbales, Tony Banda on bass, Ron Blake on trumpet, Javier Vergara on alto and tenor sax, Francisco Torres on trombone, Joey de Leon on bongo/tres and Sanchez on congas.
Attendees are encouraged to patronize local restaurants and shops between performances at Downtown Street Jam. This is an outdoor event and no ice chests or umbrellas are permitted but it is strongly recommended to bring your own chair and arrive early for best seating.
Downtown Street Jam is sponsored and hosted by Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP) and downtown businesses Mission Tobacco Lounge, Lake Alice, Worthington’s Tavern, Mario’s Place, and Menagerie/Delights & Invites.
Don’t miss Downtown Street Jam, one of the most anticipated events of the year. For more information call Natasha Ferguson at (951) 341-6550, visit RiversideDowntown.org or you can find us on MySpace at Downtown Street Jam.