¡Sabor! Latin Festival Returns to SteelStacks June 22-24


Free Concerts by Domenic Marte & Jose “El Canario” Alberto Highlight Three Days of Music, Food and Family Fun

BETHLEHEM, PA–Three days of music, food and family fun including free concerts by bachata singer Domenic Marte and Latin vocalist Jose “El Canario” Alberto highlight the 8th Annual ¡Sabor! Latin Festival presented by Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo June 22-24 at SteelStacks. The weekend will also feature arts and crafts, children’s activities, Latin dance presentations, a traditional Latin Mass and World Cup matches airing on SteelStacks’ outdoor television screens.

Photo by: David Happel

On June 22, 8 p.m., ¡Sabor! welcomes Domenic Marte. Marte is a stateside bachata singer, songwriter and producer who made his solo debut in 2004 on Sony Discos and has a number of tropical airplay hits to his credit. Based in Massachusetts and of Dominican heritage, Marte released his full-length album debut Intimamente in 2004 under the abbreviated name “Domenic M.” The album spawned a series of hits, beginning with “Ven Tú,” a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Latin Tropical Airplay chart. The follow-up singles “Ella Se Llevó Mi Vida” and “La Quiero” also registered on the tropical airplay chart, going Top 20 and Top 40, respectively.

The following evening, June 23, 8 p.m., Jose “El Canario” Alberto takes the stage at the Levitt Pavilion. A master improviser, Alberto is one of Latin music’s most influential vocalists. Since attracting international attention as the musical director of Tipica ’73 in October 1977, he has gone on to record 10 exciting albums of salsa music with his New York-based band Jose Alberto “El Canario” y su Orquestra. While working with Tipica ’73, Alberto began collaborating with Latin musicians like Johnny Rodriquez, Sonny Bravo, Mario Rivera, Leopoldo Pineda, Nicky Marrero and Alfredo de la Fe. Forming his own band in 1983, he was one of the first artists signed to the Tropical division of Ralph Mercado’s RMM label.

Photo by: David Happel

Other performers at ¡Sabor! include Hector Rosado y su Orchestra Hache, Grupo En Secuencia, Nacho Flores, Pancho Bongo y su Orquesta, Los Pleneros USA and DJ Jose Yunez. Also returning this year is the late-night dance party “Reggaeton Night” on the Community Stage featuring DJ Mantekilla, DJ Nato and DJ Zabor Fri., June 22, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Other ¡Sabor! highlights include:

-Delicious food for purchase including tacos, bacalaito (salt cod fritters), coxinha (croquettes) and pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) prepared by Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church and pinchos (shrimp, pork and chicken), rice with chicken and beans and seafood empanadillas made by the Hogar Crea Women’s Center.

-A traditional Latin mass in the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling June 24, 10-11 a.m., featuring regional mariachi band Mariachi Maya.

– World Cup matches broadcast live on the Levitt Pavilion screen as part of Lehigh Valley SoccerFest presented by Bethlehem Steel FC:

  • June 23 – South Korea vs. Mexico, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • June 23 – Germany vs. Sweden, 2-4 p.m.
  • June 24 – Poland vs. Colombia, 2-4 p.m.

A celebration of the region’s Latino culture, ¡Sabor! features live music by local, regional and national musical acts, as well as cultural programming presented by community organizations such as the Hispanic American League of Artists (HALA), Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, Borinqueneers and Latin American Motorcycle Association. The festival is an outreach program of the ¡Sabor! Cultural Committee, which includes representatives from the region’s Latino community including Hispanic American League of Artists and Panorama.

The ¡Sabor! Latin Festival is presented by Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo and made possible thanks to the support of B. Braun, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, TD Bank, Urban Varieties, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, La Mega Radio, ViaMedia, 69 WFMZ TV Noticias Edicion En Español and Koch 33.

For more information on ¡Sabor!, please visit www.steelstacks.org.

Information and image provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest