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2012 Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival

The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) is proud to present its 16th ANNUAL BROWNSVILLE LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL, to be held this coming October 11-14, 2012 in various locations in Brownsville, Texas…



The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) Presents
The 16th  Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival

Thursday Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
Various Locations in Brownsville Texas

The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) is proud to present its 16th ANNUAL BROWNSVILLE LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL, to be held this coming October 11-14, 2012 in Brownsville, Texas. For bios, lineups, directions, table reservations, tickets, info on dance and music clinics and hotel/ticket discount packages, visit, call 956-831-9590, or email us at Don’t miss the RGV’s most fun weekend of the year!

The Brownsville Latin Festival, inaugurated by the late great Tito Puente in 1997, has become one of  the most anticipated events in our cultural calendar, having hosted countless Latin Jazz artists of the highest caliber, advanced our multi-cultural diversity, generated tourism, improved quality of life in Brownsville and entertained thousands for sixteen years. It is widely recognized as the premier Latin Jazz festival in Texas and one of the best of its kind in the USA!

Recognizing BSPA’s achievement, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival a prestigious and generous grant for the fifth year in a row!

Despite uncertain times for cultural organizations throughout the nation, the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival has endured and actually prospered with greater than ever support from the City of Brownsville, our community and thousands of fans throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

This year, the Festival is honored to host Eddie Palmieri, the legendary pianist, composer, band leader, winner of nine Grammy © Awards and recently named 2013 JAZZ MASTER by the National Endowment for the Arts, our nation’s highest honor in Jazz!

As usual, FREE Salsa dancing lessons will be offered for three weeks prior to the Festival and clinics will be held by visiting dance professionals. Newly opened clubs in Brownsville’s Historic Downtown Entertainment District and established venues such as Cobbleheads and Shenanigans Irish Pub in North Brownsville will participate, ensuring a broad array of entertainment options to festival goers.

The 2012 Festival program is as follows:


The Official Festival Kickoff will be hosted by the Brownsville Community Improvements Corporation (BCIC), also celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, from 5:30-7:00PM at Brownsville’s Historic Museum, located on E. Madison and 7th St., with a FREE cocktails and botanas reception featuring live jazz entertainment. Later that evening, newly established clubs on Market Square and Adams Street in Brownsville’s Historic Downtown Entertainment District will be featuring Salsa, Latin Jazz and Contemporary Jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure. The elegant and super popular dance club Bora Bora on 12th, The Haven, and the just opened Déjà Vu, both on Adams St., the Foncerrada’s Hueso del Fraile on Elizabeth Street and others to be announced, will be partying until closing time at 2:00AM so please come and support Downtown Revitalization and our newest entertainment businesses!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 / TRIBUTE TO WES MONTGOMERY AT SHENANIGANS! It’s another FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT at Shenanigans Irish Pub, featuring cool Brazilian sounds by percussionist Tom Raines’ New Groove, followed by upper valley jazz pros Del Viento featuring Brownsville’s most beautiful and talented jazz vocalist Ani! Also playing will be our very own Brownsville Samba School, directed by UTB’s Dr. Tom Nevill. The evening music will culminate with Clay Moore’s Frontera Jazz Quartet Tribute to Wes Montgomery, the great late jazz guitar legend! Outdoor music starts at 8 PM and ends around midnight but you can stay for the after-show indoor session! Great burgers and beverages by our host, Shenanigans Irish Pub, located at 2451 Pablo Kisel, right across from Best Buy in north Brownville.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 / EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ BAND! It’s our headline Night at the Copa, a tropical gala in the ambiance of a classic Latin dance club, featuring legendary pianist, composer, band leader and nine-time Grammy Award Winner Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band direct from New York City! Come and find out why the National Endowment for the Arts recently named him 2013 JAZZ MASTER, our nation’s highest honor in Jazz! San Antonio’s Rafi Marerro y Orquesta with a taste of the hot Salsa Boricua they’ll be playing for Sunday’s crowd at the Capitol Theatre followed by an amazing showcase by select pro dancers including the truly spectacular World Salsa Champions, Ritmo y Sabor! The Art Factory of Toni Hudson and her talented friends will have their colorful tropical arts on display and delicious food and drinks by Joe Kenney’s Cobbleheads Bar & Grill. Doors open at 7:00 PM at the Jacob Brown Auditorium, 600 International Blvd. Tickets are $30 and Reserved Tables for Six are $300. Buy tickets online or call 956-831-9590 to reserve a table.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 / THE CAPITOL THEATRE STREET PARTY! It’s the Festival’s biggest and most popular FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT! A day of excellent music, dance, art, good food and wholesome fun for the entire family from 2 PM to 10 PM, right in front of the Capitol Theatre on the corner of 11th & E. Levee in Historic Downtown Brownsville, featuring the UTB Jazz Band, the Steel Pan Band, the
Brownsville Samba School, David Lopez and UTB’s Marimba Reyna del Valle, and our incredible home-town band: Adrian and the Dabs with the best Caribbean and Afro-Cuban music. Closing the music fest will be none other than San Antonio’s fabulous Rafi Marrero y Orquesta, with super Salsa vocalist Omar Negrón, direct from San Juan, Puerto Rico! They’ll be putting on a tribute to legendary singers Frankie Ruiz and Tommy Olivencia so come ready to dance! You’ll love The Art Factory creations displayed in the Capitol Theatre, and the delicious food and refreshments you’ve come to expect every year. Bring grandma, grandpa, the kids and the entire family for high-quality cultural entertainment they won’t soon forget… come early and stay late!

Please visit, email us at or just call us at 831-9590 for tickets, table reservations, clinics and the latest info!

The Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival is produced by the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) with significant financial and in-kind support from the City of Brownsville and its Historic Downtown District. BSPA is also grateful for support it receives from its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, artists, private benefactors, our loyal sponsors and generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). The BSPA, founded in 1994, is a private non-profit corporation, tax-exempt under US IRC Title 501 (c)(3).

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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