Krannert Center’s Opening Night Party: Unite with the New Season!

Our Opening Night Party unites the campus with phenomenal entertainment and ignites the exciting season of performances slated for 2012-13. Kicking it off on Saturday, September 8, is La Excelencia—a robust 11-piece salsa orchestra born of the Bronx rooted in the powerfully percussive Latin sounds of the 1970s. Fronted by Julián Silva and José Vázquez-Cofresí with a mix of musicians of Puerto Rican, Dominican, Colombian, Argentine-Ecuadorian, and Japanese descent, the band represents a new wave of salsa dura, or hardcore salsa—“full of powerful arrangements of free-flowing horns and lively percussion” (Latin Beat).

Everyone can groove to DJ Fede’s spinning, get some Day of the Dead-inspired face painting, and help Ella Dunn create a public ojo de dios. Outdoors, dance to the Brazilian sounds of Samba Soul in the Amphitheatre and scope out the tented zone featuring a rich variety of food for purchase from local vendors: El Toro, Siam Terrace, Shanghai 1938, Caribbean Grill, Destihl, and Marble Slab Creamery.

Saturday, September 8
6pm: Doors open and food sales begin
6pm-7:30pm: DJ Fede (Stage 5)
6:15pm-7pm: Samba Soul (Amphitheatre)
7:30pm-9pm: La Excelencia (Main Lobby Stage)
8pm-8:45pm: Samba Soul (Amphitheatre)
9pm-10:30pm: DJ Fede (Stage 5)
A free ticket is required for anyone 5 and under. For everyone else, tickets are just $5!

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