March 18, 1996 |
"I heard that the club didn't know who I was," Celia Cruz said playfully to the wildly enthusiastic, sold-out crowd early in her first-ever appearance Saturday night at the House of Blues. Then, she added, triumphantly, "Now they know." Indeed, it was a night to remember--and an important one for Cruz herself.
October 24, 1993 |
Step aside, quebraditas , at least for this edition of Latin Pulse. Salsa is gradually recovering its momentum of the mid-'70s, and you can tell it in the growing number of salsa clubs throughout Los Angeles. This survey of noteworthy recent Latin pop albums includes the latest works by both "The Queen of Salsa" and the aspiring "Queen of Merengue," as well as the more traditional Afro-Cuban sounds of Conjunto Cespedes.
October 14, 1993 |
By the time they enter their fifth decade of stardom, most pop performers are winding down--doing the old favorites on stage and recycling the long successful sound on record. The amount of new ideas or passion is normally minimal. Yet Celia Cruz--the undisputed "Queen of Salsa" for as long as anyone can remember--seems, after a three-year lull, to be picking up the pace again.
September 12, 1991 |
* "I am confused and scared," admitted Brazilian superstar Xuxa after a plot to kidnap her was foiled in Rio de Janeiro. The plan was uncovered when a security guard called police about a car that was parked suspiciously outside a Rio studio where Xuxa records her TV program. Two men in the car opened fire on the police and a high-speed chase ensued. One suspect and a police officer were killed in a shootout.
December 9, 1989 |
Mention salsa in Orange County, and the name Rae Arroyo often enters the conversation. She is the Tuesday night host of the Latin Connection, which has been bringing the salsa sound to Orange County for 10 years on station KSBR-FM (88.5), which broadcasts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Saddleback College. During the day, she and her husband, Damian, operate their record shop, the Salsa Connection, in Garden Grove.
January 14, 1989
The late Andy Kaufman's tribute/parody should have buried the others-as-Elvis shtick forever, so the Orange County Performing Arts Center's (coming) "Elvis: A Musical Celebration," featuring three actor versions of the King, is an unnecessary and puzzling presentation. By digging up the bloated corpse of Elvis while ignoring the vital contributions of living contemporary musicians, the "Arts Center" reveals itself to be nothing but cold concrete anchored in mud. Only an inventive, diverse booking policy recognizing fine talents such as Celia Cruz, John Lee Hooker, Public Enemy, Yellowman, 3 Mustaphas 3, Eddie Palmieri, Kassav, B-H Surfers, Dwight Yoakam, Black Stalin, Flaco Jimenez, Jane's Addiction, Alpha Blondie, Pancho Sanchez, and Beausoleil--to name a few--will bring much-needed credibility (and patrons)