La Salsa Vive Schedule
In October 2014, Madison Square Garden will host a tribute concert to Cheo Feliciano. The
show highlights Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sergio George & Los Salsa Giants. La Salsa Vive promises an event brimming with
talented musicians who know exactly how to connect with a live audience.
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La Salsa Vive The Artists
can expect world-class entertainment at the La Salsa Vive. Sharing the bill are Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie
Colon, as well as, Jose Alberto "El Canario," David Kada, La India, Tito Nieves, Oscar De Leon, Sergio George and the Salsa
La Salsa Vive About Cheo Feliciano
La Salsa Vive pays tribute to Cheo Feliciano. Feliciano died
tragically in a car accident in April 2014. Feliciano was hailed as one of the most adored artists in his native village in
Puerto Rico. "We will remember Cheo with the same love and joy with which he performed his songs. In order to have the full
cast, we had to change the date, but we know that it will be worthwhile with the additions of Willie Colon, Ismael Miranda
and Victor Manuelle..." said event producer, Cabrera.
Born Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, his family coined him "Cheo," which
was normally reserved by family and friends. But, to avoid getting mixed up with Jose Feliciano of "Felice Navidad" fame,
the name stuck. Feliciano was inspired by the bolero genre at an early age, particularly drawn to the music of Trio Los Panchos.
At the tender age of eight, he established his own group joined by his childhood friends. They went by the name of El Combo
Las Latas. Short on money, the group used cans in place of instruments.
Feliciano studied percussion at the Escuela
Libre de Musica Juan Morel Campos after completing his primary education. In 1952, Feliciano and his family relocated to New
York's Spanish Harlem neighborhood. There he tried out to be in the Ciro Rimac's Review band as a percussionist. Shortly after,
Feliciano was courted by Tito Rodriguez, bandleader, to play in his orchestra. Feliciano took him up on his offer but eventually
ended up playing for Luis Cruz. Feliciano's other credentials include playing for the Kako y su Trabuco orchestra and serving
as a roadie for Mon Rivera.
By 1955, word spread to Feliciano that Joe Cuba needed a vocalist for his sextet. Feliciano
got the part. Feliciano's talent was considered to be authentic among salsa singers in that he could sing baritone. His razor-sharp
wit and penchant for improvising made him a hero to Latino audiences. Feliciano stuck with the sextet for a decade. And, in
1967, he became a member of the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra, contributing to the group for two years. Around the same time, however,
Feliciano became addicted to heroin. He was able to turn himself around and checked himself into rehab.
a comeback in 1972 with the eponymous album, Cheo. As his debut solo recording, the album highlighted contributions from his
friend, Tite Curet. As the 70s wore on, Feliciano cut over a dozen albums. His hits included "Juan Albanil" and "Amada Mia."
the doorstep of the 80s, Feliciano established Coche Records, his own recording company. In 1984, several artists, including
Joe Cuba and Ruben Blades, paid homage to Feliciano with a concert titled Tribute to Cheo Feliciano. The following year, he
earned the honor of being the first tropical singer to play the Amira de la Rosa Theater in Colombia.
The year 1990
brought another album, Los Feelings de Cheo, which contained bolero music. He also embarked on tours of Africa, South America,
Europe and Japan. In 1995, Feliciano took home Platinum Record Award for his effort, La Combinacion Perfecta.
Mil Recuerdos was recorded in 2000. It served as a tribute to numerous singers of Puerto Rican heritage. The National Foundation
of the Popular Culture of Puerto Rico ranked it among the Top 20 outstanding recordings of the year. In 2002, the Salsa Giants
invited Feliciano to join them, which he did until a single car accident took his life on April 17, 2014.
Salsa Vive Concert Experience
As one of Puerto Rico's most prolific talents, Cheo Feliciano was one of the greats who
made tremendous contributions to the bolero and salsa music genre. Audiences the world over couldn't get enough of his authentic
brand of music.He served as the sentinel of salsa transcending several eras, while simultaneously deepening the music with
new sound blueprints.
Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of a tribute to this extraordinary talent. Reserve
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