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September 26 • Lake Concord Park • 5 - 9 p.m. • FREE

Craig Chaquico

Craig Chaquico Headlines the Latin Jazz and Art Festival on Sept. 26

World-class guitarist Craig Chaquico, will be headlining this year’s Latin Jazz & Art Festival on September 26, 2015 from 5-9 Lake Concord Park. More than 5000 people are expected to come out and enjoy Chaquico, an American guitarist of Portuguese descent, who has had over thirty years of success in a variety of genres: in the 1970s with the post-Summer of Love Jefferson Starship, in that band's 1980s incarnation, Starship, and in the 1990s and 2000s as a contemporary jazz, blues and new-age solo artist. 

Rocketing onto the music scene over 40 years ago, Chaquico was an original founding member of the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, American rock band, Jefferson Starship and Starship, from 1973 - 1990.  He was a main songwriter and the only lead guitar player on all of their hit albums, all their songs, tours and videos. Since that time, Craig has been a million-selling, chart-topping solo jazz artist, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best New Age album, as well as reaching #1 in Billboard Magazine and on national radio charts.  In addition, he earned a spot on Jazziz Magazine's list of Top 100 Most Influential Jazz Guitarists of All Time. Craig is currently celebrating his 40th anniversary of the Jefferson Starship best-selling album, Red Octopus, and is touring and celebrating the fifth decade of his illustrious career, and whether he's performing '70s rock, new age jazz or the blues, on electric or acoustic guitar, Craig's music continues to delight, move and soothe the soul!

Opening the show is Gumbi Ortiz-New Groove City (  Ortiz,s known around the world for his exciting conga performance and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion.  For the last 20 years, Ortiz has been an integral part of superstar guitarist Al Di Meola’s band as well as a leader for the “The Latino Projekt”. Performing hardcore timba and real Cuban salsa music, the band continued to evolve and grow and in 2011, it officially became New Groove City to better reflect a more soulful direction the band has taken. Visit for more information on Gumbi Ortiz or for band information. 

Gumbi Ortiz

As part of  this grand celebration of Latin Culture, the official unveiling of the Wachovia Bank Mural that was recently reinstalled in the breezeway outside the Commission Chambers will take place during the concert. This hand-painted tile mural, created by the prominent Latin artist, Antonio Martinez, is over 20 feet long and depicts a landscape scene from either Spain or Cuba.  His relatives have been located in the Tampa area and have been invited to be a part of the unveiling ceremony. Also, don’t forget to stop by Casselberry City Hall to view the Havana Nights Art Exhibit  showcasing the best Cuban and other Latin artists in Central Florida.  Hours of viewing will be 5-8:30 p.m. 

Latin Jazz & Art Fest, sponsored by El Sentinel  and 107.7 HD-2 WLOQ Orlando’s Smooth Jazz will feature savory cuisine, a Mariachi Band, specialty vendors, Latin dance presentations, live art demonstrations, Hall, and delightful children’s activities. Everyone is invited to bring blankets, chairs and all of their friends this the lakefront party.


Havana Nights Art Exhibit

Art ExhibitAs part of the festivities, a special Havana Nights exhibit full of spectacular art will be held during the event at Casselberry City Hall and available for viewing from 5-8:30 p.m. 

Mark your calendars! Come and to celebrate an unforgettable evening of Latin Jazz & Art. This free concert is sponsored by the City of Casselberry, El Sentinel and WLOQ 107.7 HD-2.   For more information, call 407-262-7700 ext. 1507.

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