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Bachata Roja Legends On The Santa Monica Pier

by Ricky Ricardo (writer), Los Angeles, July 30, 2008

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The Santa Monica Pier was crowded once again with a capacity crowd of world music lovers to enjoy the infectious Latin rhythms of bachata,merengue and son music from the Dominican Republic, July 24th.

Santa Monica Pier-Bachata Roja Legends

            The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Records which takes place on the Naked Juice Stage is a nice place to take a date. One can score a trifecta on any given Thursday evening. First, you can enjoy an eclectic mixture of music to kick off the evening, afterwards you can have dinner at one of the nice restaurants on the pier and then spend some time in Pacific Park for some fun amusement games.

            On July 24th, the infectious sounds of bachata, meringue and son from the Caribbean Island of the Dominican Republic entertained the throngs gathered on the pier. An All-Star bachata extravaganza was the featured band performing on the pier. Bachata music is all the rage all over the globe.

            The concert of Dominican Bachata stars are touring in celebration of a recent brilliant recording entitled Bachata Roja- Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era” on the iASO Record Label. This amazing CD featured stars from the 60’s – 80’s and an emerging star of the genre. The Bachata All-Stars are finally getting the long over-due respect and recognition that they deserve. They are currently touring to rave reviews all across the United States. The members of Bachata Roja performing for this pleasant evening were Isidro Cabrera- aka “El Chivo Sin Ley”- The Lawless Goat) and Ramon Cordero and guitar giant Edilio Paredes (pictured) with emerging bachata star, singer-guitarist Joan Soriano aka “El Duque”- The Duke). The concert got under way with a special performance by the delightfully spry, 85 year old Dominican sonero Puerto Plata (given name is Jose Manuel Cobles) performing  tunes from his internationally acclaimed CD “Mujer de Cabaret.”  The Bachata Roja band consists of Randy Alejo-percussions, Roberto Santos- drums, Samuel Paredes-bass, and Frank Mendez on guitar.

            There is still time for you and your date to partake in the fun to be had on the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Records on the Naked Juice Stage. Please visit www.twilightdance.org or www.santamonicapier.org for more information about the series.

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