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Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa to Top Carnaval Americas

August 13, 2013

PRC Festival

Willie Colon
Willie Colon (Johan Camacho, Creative Commons)

Producers of the celebrated PRC Festival give birth this year to a second day of music and culture called Carnaval Americas--modeled after Calle 8 Festival in Miami. More than 40,000 music lovers are expected to gather in downtown Houston for the seventh Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival and first Carnaval Americas. The gatherings will celebrate the musical, cultural and culinary heritage of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, as well as all Latin American countries in Carnaval Americas. PRC Fest and Carnaval Americas will take place on September 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Tranquility Park & Hermann Square in downtown Houston, tickets start at $15 for a one day event.

The most recognizable names in salsa, reggeaton, cubaton and bachata; Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rey Ruiz, Osmani Garcia and K Rose will provide hours of the best tropical music sure to please the most demanding music fans attending the PRC Fest. Headliners will take song requests and comments via twitter @PRCFest, or on the Festival's Facebook page. Additionally, the 12-hour Festival each day will feature 200 local artists and musicians, 400 professional dancers, eight DJs, bands and dance groups including: Havana NRG, Salmerun, Grupo Kache, Los Hermanos Araujo, among others.

Willie Colon, a Fania All-Stars musician and salsa legend will be recognized for his legacy as the Festival's Grand Marshal, a recognition bestowed for the first time in the history of the PRC Festival.

"Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Rey Ruiz are institutions in the music industry," said Javier Ferrer, the organizer and creator of the PRC Festival. "These performers have entertained and have been part of our families for decades, to have them perform at PRC and Carnaval Americas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

In addition to the music and dance acts, Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican restaurants will offer Caribbean delicacies. Exhibits and stands with souvenirs and arts and crafts are available. A portion of the PRC Festival proceeds will be donated to NHPO (National Hispanic Professional Organization) offering Hispanic professionals with career opportunities, professional development and leadership training.

PRC Festival Presenting Sponsors include: Bud Light, Telemundo, Fiesta Marts, McDonalds, Radios 104.1 KRBE and Tu Musica 104.9.

For more information visit: prcfestival.com and for tickets: prcfestival2013.eventbrite.com

About PRC Festival: PRC (Puerto Rican & Cuban) Festival is a one-day cultural event that includes music, dancing, food, Spanish Caribbean tradition and education. The annual PRC Festival attracts more than 20,000 fans in Downtown Houston during the fall. With top salsa, timba, merengue, plena, reggeaton and bachata acts, PRC Festival entertains -among others-Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Houstonians who love Caribbean music, regardless of their countries of origin. The internationally acclaimed PRC Festival is the largest celebration of music and Caribbean culture west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit prcfestival.com , PRC Fest Facebook page and @PRCFest on twitter.

About Carnaval Americas: From the producers of the successful PRC Festival, comes an event that transcends borders, language and culture. Carnaval Americas rich cultural, musical and culinary Latin experience engages revealers in a United Nations of fun. Carnaval Americas takes place in Houston on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Performers at the event include international headliners and local bands and dance groups. For more information, please visit prcfestival.com

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