Latin music festivals heat up Tampa Bay's fall concert calendar
Two of Tampa Bay's biggest annual Latin music events -- Clearwater's Herencia Hispania festival and Tampa's Conga Caliente -- have yet to announce their artist lineups. Even so, this fall is already filling up with big-time events and performers.
The third annual Tampa Salsa and Bachata Festival will take place Sept. 1-4 at the Grand Hyatt of Tampa Bay, off the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Its primary focus is dancing, with plenty of camps and classes and a slew of professional dancers strutting their stuff to an array of tropical sounds. But there are also concerts -- including one by Dominican merengue and bachata singer Hector Acosta "El Torito" on Sept. 2 and one by Puerto Rican salsa legends El Gran Combo on Sept. 3. Festival fees vary depending on your level of participation, but if you just want to see the concerts, those tickets are both $40 and up. Click here for all the details on festival.
And on Oct. 23, Tampa Latin station Rumba 106.5 will host a new event called the Festival Orgullo Latino at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Headlining the event is smash Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B (above), along with Bachata Heightz, Luis Enrique, Rolf Sanchez, Limi-T 21 and more. At the moment, pre-sale tickets are available for just $10; after that they'll be $20 and up. Click here and here for details.
There's plenty more where that came from. Cuban hip-hop group Orishas performs at the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 18 (click here). Over in Orlando, you've got Daddy Yankee and Don Omar on Aug. 7 (click here) and Marc Anthony on Nov. 20 (click here).
After all that, Herencia Hispania (tentatively set for Oct. 9) and the Conga Caliente (Nov. 6) have a lot of work to do to make this year's lineups shine.
-- Jay Cridlin