Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2013: A Five-Part Guide
|Get inside Estefan's head at the Billboard conference.|
Especially when you're talking about the Billboard Latin Music Conference, a four-day fiesta of fun and face time with megastars like Gloria Estefan, Don Omar, and Carlos Vives -- not to mention the glitzy, nationally televised awards gala packed with live performances by Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee, Michel Teló, and tons of other major estrellas.
Y claro, Crossfade's got you covered with the five best Billboard events, from tribute shows to superstar Q&As, expert panels, and the star-studded awards ceremony.
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BMI, Peermusic, and Sony Music's Latin Billboard Showcase. With Edwin Bonilla, A Band of Bitches, Kat Dahlia, Nina Diaz, Dyland & Lenny, and Rio Roma. Monday, April 22, 8 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 28th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Free. If there were one Latin song embedded in everyone's head, it would probably be Tito Puente and his orchestra's 1958 hit, "Oye Como Va." Disagree? Then here's a challenge. Look at the phrase and try not to complete it by singing, "mi ritmo." Wait, you just did. Ah, you did it again. With that kind of impact on the music world, it's no surprise that Puente was nicknamed El Rey.
In honor of his legacy, Edwin Bonilla will be paying homage to the musical legend. A staple of the Latin music community himself, Bonilla has worked with all sorts of artists: Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Lenny Kravitz, even 'N Sync. Joining Edwin, up-and-coming acts like A Band of Bitches, Kat Dahlia, Nina Diaz, Dyland & Lenny, and Rio Roma will be showcasing their work. It's sure to be a night of rumba y baile.