IBA benefit a success
Submitted by IBA
On Thursday, May 24, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and the community of Villa Victoria hosted a benefit event featuring the first ever concert by the newly formed Boston Salsa All-Stars at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St. The concert was preceded by a VIP Cocktail Reception honoring Latino leaders who have made an impact on the community with the 2012 Jorge Hernandez Leadership Awards. This year, we honored: Carmen Acaba Torres (Founder’s Award); Jose Mateo of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (Arts Award); David Morales of Steward Health Care (Civic Award); and Juan Carlos Morales of State Street Global Advisors (Corporate Award). The awards commemorate the legacy of Jorge Hernández, a visionary community development leader who put IBA and our arts and culture programs on the national map.
IBA turned the clock back to the 1970’s to relive the golden era of Salsa when the Fania label was king, and its all-star band’s performances turned musicians into legends. The Boston Salsa All-Stars, featuring the best Latino musicians of the city (such as Eguie Castrillo, Alex Alvear, Manolo Mairena, among others), performed the era’s biggest hits originally performed by Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco and many others.
"It’s a real treat to join this great group of musicians to pay tribute to the Golden Age of Salsa, a time when some of the hippest Latin music was coming out of Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York. It’s going to be an amazing party!" said Alex Alvear, Performance and Production Manager at IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts and the bass player for the band.
The Boston Salsa All-Stars fundraiser raised critically needed funds for IBA’s arts, technology, economic development, education, and elderly services that benefit the Villa Victoria community, the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood, and the broader Latino community.