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News, Events & Stories from the Latino Community across the U.S.

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SPECIAL GUEST BLOG: American Jazz Museum Celebrates American Sabor with a Festival of Tributes

The Festival of Tributes was a celebration of arts electrified. The night welcomed around 300 guests who celebrated the unveiling of American Sabor at the American Jazz Museum. American Sabor opened with a bang, bass, and a conga drum. Festival of Tributes was the kick off to a season full of programming to bring Kansas City together through various forms of art, music, dance, spoken word, and “conversaciones.”

New York Welcomes American Sabor with a Distinctive Latin Beat

Intoxicating rhythms filled the air as guests moved to the beats of mambo, salsa and Latin Jazz at the April 19th opening of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S.

American Sabor Celebrates the Heritage of Latino Musicians in the Fresno Valley

     Last month, American Sabor made the fifth stop on its national tour at Arte Américas: Casa de la Cultura in Fresno, California. Arte Américas premiered the exhibition during a special reception that served as the kick-off to a series of community programs and events, such as music and dance workshops, a Latin music film series, a contest to select the best youth Latin bands and vocalists in the Fresno region,and an exclusive teacher preview of the exhibition.

SPECIAL GUEST BLOG: American Sabor Gets Visitors Dancing at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center

Latino music has been wafting through the galleries of the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas ever since the installation of American Sabor, much to the pleasure of patrons of the Center. Visitors have been charmed by images of their favorite Latino musicians as well as old LP covers.

American Sabor Dances with Dallas

American Sabor is in full swing in the Big D! On March 22, the Latino Cultural Center celebrated the Dallas opening of American Sabor with a special reception for the community of honor – a group comprised of community leaders, educators, youth groups, and others that support the exhibition's presence in Dallas. 

Latin Flavor Hits the Nation's Capitol

Washington, D.C. will taste the flavor of Latino popular music when the larger version of the American Sabor exhibition opens at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery on July 11. This is one of two exhibitions—both titled American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music—that celebrate the influence of Latinos in shaping American popular music.

Latin Rhythms Come to Life at Sacramento Public Library Free Latin Jazz Concerts

Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo kicked off American Sabor Community Programs

Sacramentans rocked-out to Latin rhythms of jazz, R&B and funk at a standing-room only performance of Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Sacramento Public Library on June 8th.

SPECIAL GUEST BLOG: What do salsa, city council members, nonprofit executive directors and a member of Congress have in common?

On March 24th I had the pleasure of meeting Sacramento community members who gathered at the Sacramento Public Library to hear about the upcoming American Sabor exhibition.  Following a preview of the website and the planned community and education programs, the room was charged with excitement as people began to see the possibilities this exhibition will bring to Sacramento.

Telling the Story with Half the Size

When SITES was approached by Ford Motor Company Fund, a longstanding supporter of the arts, about collaborating on a Latino-focused traveling exhibition, they immediately thought about American Sabor. SITES had heard about this Latino music-focused exhibition created by Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) that was traveling to major cities across the country. They felt it would be an exciting challenge to tell the story in half the space in order to travel to smaller, community-based museums and libraries with access to a broad base of visitors.

Behind the Scenes: American Sabor

At the exhibition you’ll learn that music that is considered deeply “American” like Richard Berry’s 1955 rock n’ roll hit, “Louie Louie,” is built on the rhythmic foundation of Latin sounds. In the case of “Louie Louie,” it’s the cha-cha-chá. Check out The Kingsmen version below to hear for yourself. Was there one musician that the curatorial team wishes they could have included in the exhibition? Yes, José Feliciano.