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The internationally acclaimed musical group MAXIMA ALERTA will perform a special concert as part of the biggest Halloween Party in New Jersey at La Havana 59, 110 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ. Free Admission... Prizes for best costume... & much more!!!
The musical group Maxima Alerta will be performing a special free outdoor concert on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Hoboken Amphitheater located at 525 Sinatra Drive in Hoboken, NJ. Everyone is invited to attend. Maxima Alerta was one of Cuba's best known fusion bands. The group has been touring the NYC area and are getting ready to release a new production. Audiences can expect a variety of musical styles. If you want to experience high energy Cuban music, don't miss this special one night only concert.
Havana On The Hudson
Special concert with Maxima Alerta
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
525 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ
Multi-award winning group Maxima Alerta… “Latin Group of the Year” by Communitarian Media Network; Premio ARTE 2017 for “Best Latin Band”, “New Jersey’s Best Latin Group” by Cine & Novelas; Union City Artist Award; and final entry on the Latin Grammy’s.
Maxima Alerta was one of Cuba’s best known and loved fusion bands. The group has moved to the US and it is now based in the NYC area. It is known for its fusion of Cuban Music and other genres forming a fresh hip sound. From son cubano to conga, from cumbia to merengue, from rap to ballads… all with a fresh modern sound taunting audiences on their feet to dance and have a good time.
The group became a local favorite, and for four years Ray worked hard to develop their unique sound and build a following. In 2003 Máxima Alerta exploded on the national scene, hitting radio and television stations with two songs, “Echar pa’ lante” and “Adegüello 1895” which very quickly became popular throughout the country. Thanks to these successes, in 2004 they delivered their new album “Llegaron los Alertas”, recorded at Abdala Studios owned by renowned singer/composer Silvio Rodriguez with the French company Lusafrica, and joining their catalog and sharing the stage with popular groups such as La Orquesta Aragón, Polo Montañez, Anacaona, Isaac Delgado, Osdalgia, among others.
In 2005 Máxima Alerta was nominated to Cubadisco as “Best Album Rap, Dance and Hip Hop” which garnered the group great popularity both nationally and internationally, as well as topping the charts. Later in 2009 the group returned to the top of the charts with the song "La Figura" (“Ay Lola”) recorded with the multi-award winning and internationally renowned group Gente de Zona.
Later in 2011, they released the CD “Alertas para Todos”, recorded and produced by Nando Pro in Havana, Cuba. This is an album containing fourteen tracks, of which six featured special guests: Yulien Oviedo and Dantes (Charanga Habanera); Alexander Delgado y Randy Marcos (Gente de Zona); Sisto Llorente "El Indio" (Orquesta Aragón); Los Cuatro; and Alain Daniel and Ramón Lavado (El Chacal). The CD also features a song dedicated to one of the greatest Cuban baseball players, Victor Mesa.
After enjoying much success in Cuba, the group resettled in the United States, where they recorded a new production. In October 2015, Maxima Alerta was reborn in the US performing in two SOLD OUT concerts in New York City with legendary merengue singer Fernandito Villalona. In 2016, Maxima Alerta released its new song "Vive la Vida" with an accompanying music video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9YEtBVjltIc
Subsequently the group had a SOLD OUT concert at the legendary Maxwell’s in Hoboken; a SOLD OUT concert with bachata super star Anthony Santos at the historic 1,500 seat Park Performing Arts Center; a SOLD OUT concert with Los Van Van at the Infinity Yacht, and has performed at many large outdoor venues including the Cuban Parade Of New Jersey. Most recently, the group also released a new single “Que Viva USA”.
(Englewood, New Jersey-January 3, 2017) Bergen Performing Arts Center
located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Willy
Chirino - Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201)
Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions
of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the “Miami Sound” of
Salsa music.The Cuban-born and South
Florida-based vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100
songs and 30 albums making Chirino one of the most emblematic Tropical music
acts around. More than 60 artists have covered his hit “Soy”, among them the
Gipsy Kings, who sold more than seven million copies.
With a career spanning four decades Willy has
racked up quite a list of awards for his musical and charity contributions to
the Latino community: 2006 Grammy for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, 2007 Latin Grammy
Nomination for Best Salsa Album, street named after him in Miami, a star on the
famous and very Cuban Calle Ocho, a FACE award, and recognition by UNICEF and a
Hispanic Heritage Award for his charity efforts with The Willy Chirino
in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC,
is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater
boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts
a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The
Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational
performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school
shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and
community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community
youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music,
dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing
generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit
501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts
School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
El documental "Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"
tendra su estreno en la Ciudad de Nueva York el Domingo, 12 de marzo 2017 a las
6:30 PM en el Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura, 541 West 145th Street,
2nd Floor, NYC, NY 10031. La entrada es gratuita. El Comisionado Dominicano
de Cultura es indudablemente el mas activo e importance centro cultural Hispano
de la Ciudad de Nueva York.
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" es una película
documental sobre la Bahía de Cochinos representada a través de los ojos de
exiliados cubanos que participaron en la invasión. Ahora, muchos años
después, contemplan los acontecimientos y comparten sus historias y
sentimientos individuales. Esa historia tiene un precio, un precio que les
preguntamos si estarían dispuestos a pagar de nuevo. Cuando todo está dicho y
hecho, ¿están estos últimos invasores resentidos? ¿Le echan la culpa a
alguien? ¿Quién perdió más en la invasión de Bahía de Cochinos, los exiliados,
los cubanos revolucionarios, o el pueblo de Cuba? Esta es una
nueva narración de esta historia, y se recuenta con profunda emoción.
La película cuenta con el testimonio de miembros de la Brigada
2506: Ángel Casabona, Isidoro López, Ricardo M. Montero, Raúl Puig, y Alvin
Ross; así como con Sergio Gatria, director del Cuban Information Center. Sus
historias son conmovedoras y arrojan luz sobre la invasión de Bahía de
Cochinos. La película posiblemente creará un diálogo serio sobre lo que
realmente sucedió detrás de los acontecimientos que condujeron a la invasión y
sus consecuencias posteriores.
La pelicula se ha presentado en varios distinguidos lugares,
incluyendo el Museo de Arte de Union City; Union City Performing Arts Center;
Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center; Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones
in Santo Domingo, RD; Casa de Cultura de La Vega, RD; Casa de Cultura de
Constanza, RD; y por Silver Star Television en Peru.
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" está dirigida
por el reconocido director cubano, Ricardo Bacallao y Lucio Fernandez;
producida por MeLu Films y The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez,
Productora Ejecutiva; Lucio Fernandez, Productor.
de Cochinos,Nuestra Perspectiva” se
proyectará el Domingo,12 de Marzo, 2017 a las 6:30 PMen el Auditorio Rafael Villalona del
Comisionado Dominicano de Culturaen
el 541 West 145th Street, 2do piso, NYC.Entrada gratis. El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura es el centro Hispano cultural mas activo e importante de la Ciudad de New York. El
documental es historico y recogelos verdaderos hechos contado porcinco veteranos que participaron en ella.No
se pierdan los verdaderos hechosde
la Invasión de Bahía de Cochinos (Giron).
FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – MOJOCREATIVE GROUP, LLC in association with CGO and GORE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC are producing their newest venture into horror with DEATH LIKE ME, a horror film based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “The Black Cat”. The film will be shooting in Union City, New Jersey for an early 2018 release.
DEATH LIKE ME is about an introverted home health aide, Genesis Narvaez, who is fighting a deep-seated need to kill and is seduced into giving in to her murderous desires. Much like Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat,” DEATH LIKE ME takes a look into the mind of madness and examines how a seemingly normal person can be transformed into a vicious killer.
“Our spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” also features a black cat, but our cat encourages our main character, Genesis, to go further down the rabbit hole of madness,” said Ruben Rodriguez the film’s director. “Our film is really a study of how desire and insanity can be one and the same. Our main character has a desire to do harm, but she fights the urge to give in to it. She just wants to be a normal girl. Unfortunately, she loses the fight when she encounters a stranger at a bar. Through that encounter, we get a very entertaining twist ending that will definitely delight and scare viewers.”
The three friends and former students of New Jersey City University media arts program — Ruben Rodriguez (director, producer), Cesar G. Orellana (producer) and Brit Barrison (producer) — are the team members behind the feature film Death of April and a series of horror shorts currently being distributed by Ruthless Studios: “Delete,” “Don’t Skimp on the Undead,” and “It Requires Sacrifice.” Joining the DEATH LIKE ME production team are Lucio Fernandez and Michelle Velez.
DEATH LIKE ME has an incredible creep factor and just turns up the tension throughout,” said Cesar G. Orellana, producer. “I have worked with Ruben on all of his films and they just keep getting creepier with each attempt. Being a Hispanic filmmaker in Hollywood has proven to be tough. There are only a few well-known Hispanic horror filmmakers in the industry: Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013, Don’t Breathe) to name a couple. We want to help add Ruben Rodriguez’s name to that list.”
With much emphasis lately on the lack of minorities in film, in directorial roles in particular, it’s important that people get behind a project like this, devised and driven by a new and ambitious Hispanic filmmaker. Mojocreative Group’s previous film, The Death of April, earned them a number of festival awards and a distribution deal with ITN Distribution. Ruben Rodriguez and his team are seeking a modest contribution to pay for the make-up and production supplies they need to create their gory effects. The team will be putting up the remainder of the film’s budget, so there is no excuse not to back this grisly little gem!
DEATH LIKE ME boasts an outstanding cast of performers (Shevaun Kastl, Mourning Hour, Conversations with Lucifer), Jenna Kildosher (Cabin of Errors, Never to Wake Again), Lucio Fernandez (Vampire in Union City, The Death of April, Sal) and Will Fonseca (Changing Diego, Rewind, El Bandido).