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Hamilton announces Tito Puente Jr. will headline 5th Annual District 5 Community Celebration

Friday August 20, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is pleased to announce Latin jazz artist Tito Puente, Jr. and The Orchestra will be headlining this year’s District 5 Community Celebration on Saturday, September 11th beginning at 11:00am.

“This year we have a special treat for everyone who comes out to Shawnee Park, “says Hamilton. “We welcome Tito Puente Jr to Metro Louisville and look forward to an evening of music that will entertain everyone.”

Tito Puente, Jr. has become an audience favorite entertaining in performing arts centers, symphony halls and jazz festivals worldwide. He and The Orchestra have performed more than 300 shows over the past 5 years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes” featured the classic Puente titles and was spun into a BET Jazz television special of the same name.

Symphony appearances include Dallas, San Antonio, Colorado, South Bend, and upcoming performances with the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. His new CD release, “Got Mambo?” is a mixture of the old and the new as he takes a musical departure into some powerful new music he can truly call his own.

“Tito will be a welcome guest to this year’s Community Celebration,” says Hamilton. “This will be a day of celebrating different musical tastes with something everyone in the Louisville community can enjoy with a variety of musical genres.”

The variety of music includes hip hop and spoken word, R&B, gospel and Latin Jazz.

Selected local photographers will be honored with the Molly Leonard Community Service Award and there will be a photography exhibition on hand for viewing.

The Celebration will feature food vendors, information, games for children and fun for everyone in Shawnee Park. A Spelling Bee and Poetry Slam will kick off the day for the Youth Extravaganza, Heaven & Earth, The Unlimited Band, and local gospel performances will entertain.

District 5 Community Celebration

11am-1pm- Youth Extravaganza

2pm-5pm - Gospel Explosion

5pm-6pm- Molly Leonard Awards

6pm the Unlimited band

7pm- Tito Puente Jr & The Orchestra

“This is a time for the community to come together and have a day of fun and fellowship,” says Hamilton. “Shawnee Park is a great place to spend a Saturday in late summer and it is my hope that everyone will come out and have some fun with us.”

Shawnee Park is located at the foot of West Broadway @ Southwestern Parkway. Bring a lawn chair and relax and spend the day.

To participate in the Spelling Bee and for more information about the District 5 Community Festival, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5