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New Acts Added to San Agustin Sol Latin Jazz Festival at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre, May 9 & 10

Additional bands and entertainment have been added to this week’s San Agustin Sol Latin Jazz Festival at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 9 and 10.San Agustin Sol Latin Jazz Festival

On Thursday, May 9, Nachito Herrera will take the stage for an intimate performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Opening for Herrera is Chico Lobos at 8 p.m. A performance by legendary jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri will close the festival on Friday, May 10 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. He will be joined by Claudia Villela and opening act Impacto Latino.

A 2-day VIP pass will allow early entry for Thursday night’s concert; access to the VIP tent both nights for a wine tasting with San Sebastian Winery, appetizers and cash bar. VIPs will have access to the dance floor during the concert Friday night.

Friday concert goers can enjoy food, libations and entertainment at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre from 4:30 – 7 p.m. including domino tables, a rum garden and cigar rolling stations.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, findmytix.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

EVENT: Nachito Herrera with Chico Lobos

VENUE: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

DATE:Thursday, May 9, 2013

TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

TICKET PRICES:$55, $35; 2 Day VIP Pass $100

EVENT:Eddie Palmieri and Claudia Villela with opening act Impacto Latino

VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre

DATE:Friday, May 10, 2013

TIME: Doors 4:30pm / Show 7:30pm

TICKET PRICES:$75, $35; 2 Day VIP Pass $100

WEBSITE:www.staugamphitheatre.com, pvconcerthall.com, findmytix.com

CONTACT: Natacha McLeod, Marketing and Community Relations Manager nmcleod@sjcfl.us

(904) 209-3751

About the headlining artists:

Eddie Palmieri is a Nine-time Grammy Award winning pianist, bandleader and musician. His

musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Eddie began his musical career in the early 1950’s performing in Eddie Forrester’s Orchestra before joining Johnny Segui’s band and also performing with the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. He formed his own band in 1961, the legendary “La Perfecta”. In 1974, Eddie became the first Latin musician to win a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording with The Sun of Latin Music. Palmieri won two Grammys for the recordings of Palo Pa Rumba and Solito. He won two more Grammys with his record Masterpiece with Tito Puente and he was named the “Outstanding Producer of the Year” by the National Foundation of Popular Culture. Palmieri directed a “Big Band Tribute” to his late brother Charlie at Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in November of 2004. His most recent Grammy came for his 2006 album Simpático.

Claudia Villela’s journey into music began at her home in Rio de Janeiro, where she listened to her father play harmonica and her mother sing. She would fall asleep to the music from a samba school that practiced nightly behind her grandparents’ home. She moved to California in 1984 and joined the Stanford University Chorus the following year. In 1986, Villela joined the De Anza College Jazz Singers. She won first prize in Downbeat’s vocal jazz competition that year. Claudia was awarded a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music to study with Sheila Jordan. She produced her first release in 1994, Asa Verde.

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