Celebrate Latin music in Yakima

YAKIMA – The music department at Yakima Valley Community College is presenting a week-long festival starting Wednesday, April 30, and culminating with a grand finale concert on Monday, May 5, at the Capitol Theater.

The eighth annual Latin Music Celebration will get underway with a performance and lecture featuring the Yakima Morelia Jazz All-Stars at Smith Family Hall Pavilion at Toppenish’s Heritage University on Wednesday, April 30, starting at noon. The performance is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, May 1, another free concert starts at 11:45 a.m. at the YVCC Clocktower (S. 16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima).

At 3 p.m. on the same day, Sherar Gymnasium at YVCC will be hosting free workshops on salsa dancing, Afro-Cuban rhythm, salsa singing, Son Jarocho and steel drums.

Three events will be held on Friday, May 2, including another free performance by the Yakima Morelia Jazz All-Stars at Performance Park (Second and A streets in Yakima) starting at 11:45 a.m.

At 6 p.m. on May 2, the Modern Building at Yakima’s State Fair Park will host the Yakima Morelia Sister City Annual Fiesta in Mayo featuring YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty. Tickets for this event will be $50.

At 9 p.m. on May 2, a salsa dancing workshop will be held at the Seasons Performance Hall (101 N. Naches Ave. in Yakima). Tickets are $7.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, Memo Acevedo and Roberto Vizciano will be hosting an Afro-Cuban percussion workshop at Ted Brown Music (2612 W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima). This event is free and open to the public.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday another free event, Fandango at Franklin Park, will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Franklin Park (21st Ave & Tieton Dr. in Yakima).

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, head to downtown Yakima (Third and Yakima avenues) to attend Yakima’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande and witness a free Son Jarocho performance from the YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty.

Stay downtown for a free Yakima Morelia Jazz-All Stars performance at 7 p.m.

On Monday, May 5, another Son Jarocho performance from the YVCC Latin Music Celebration Festival Faculty will be held on the YVCC Grandview campus starting at noon. This performance is also free and open to the public.

The final event of the series will be held Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Yakima. The YVCC Latin Music Celebration Grand Finale Concert, featuring the YVCC Salsa Band, will cap off a week of clinics, in-school residencies, workshops and performances at various schools throughout the Yakima Valley.

The Latin Music Celebration is part of YVCC’s ongoing outreach efforts to bring music into the lives of children of the Yakima Valley.


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