Brooklyn Salsa Gala Pays Tribute to Ray Barretto

11-piece band honors legendary conguero

Ray Barretto playing congos

by | 29 Mar, 2018

New York City salseros will pay tribute to a king of Latin music, percussionist Ray Barretto on Saturday, March 31. Barretto, also known as “El Rey de Las Manos Duras” (King of the Hard Hands) for his impeccable conga skills, was a member of the Fania All-Stars and a pan-Latin musician whose records run the gamut from boogaloo to descarga and Cuban son.

Barretto passed away in 2006, but his influence remains strong. Saturday’s event at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall will honor the musician’s legacy with heavy sounds from an 11 piece band in “Somos Musica” under the direction of Joey Palo Cruz. The band will set the dancefloor on fire with Ray Barretto favorites such as “Guarare,” “Quitate La Mascara” and “El Hijo de Obatalá.”

In between sets, DJ John John will mix salsa, bachata and more. Dress to impress and bring your dancing shoes!

Link to purchase tickets below flyer.

Ray Barretto Tribute Show Flyer