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DATE: 12/28/2018
Location: Live! Center Stage
Lessons: 8:00PM - 9:00PM with niss
SHOWTIME: 9:00PM - 12:00AM
DJ: 12:00AM - 2:00AM
GENRE: Latin

The migration of Puerto Ricans is to Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland has grown tremendously since Hurricane Maria.  The christmas season in Puerto Rico starts in November through mid-January.  For Latinos and Puerto Ricans away from home Christmas here in the States is by far the most depressing time of the year because in the Caribbean…Christmas is the most festive time of the year.  Christmas carols in the Caribbean and in Puerto Rico are completely different than carols here in the states.  Christmas Carols are performed by Parrandas.

A Parranda, is an Afro-Indigenous musical form of Christmas Carol played in various Caribbean countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad, and the coastal area of the states Aragua and Carabobo in Venezuela. The Garifuna style of parranda is performed with acoustic guitars, drums, scrapers, shakers, and turtle shell percussion in coastal villages of Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala.

EL LIVE PARRANDÓN is a unique concept formed by promoter Sam Rodriguez that will include a full bash of Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Plena, Christmas songs, colorful costumes, and more.  Every that cannot be back in their homes will enjoy for spectrum of Christmas carols.  Plus, a special tribute to Jose Feliciano’s classic “Feliz Navidad” by Pianist Charles Marston.  The Joe Falero Band is the hottest and most solicited band in the DMV and they literally play every single week and play at the hottest Latin events. 

Being able to book the Joe Falero Band is always a challenge because of the showmanship the band delivers.  In 2017, Los Hijos e Plena had the largest gathering of patrons during Latin in November simply because their followers are diehard fans and they are the soul of the Puerto Rican community.  Los Hijo e Plena is a philanthropic group that since Hurricane Maria has raised thousands of dollars in charity to support the efforts of world renowned chef José Andreas and bomba music schools in Puerto Rico.  Their fundraisers are among the highest attended events by a single Latino group in the Washington, DC and Baltimore Metropolitan DMAs.