Producers of the PRC Festival announced a second day of music and culture called Carnaval Americas, modeled after Calle 8 Festival in Miami.
According to a release, 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.
Names in salsa, reggeaton, cubaton and bachata, Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rey Ruiz, Osmani Garcia and K Rose, will provide hours of tropical music. 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, 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.
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