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El Gran Combo

El Gran Combo

Performances

September 9 - 10:00 PM @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

El Gran Combo

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

“WHAT THE ROLLING STONES ARE TO ROCK ’N’ ROLL, EL GRAN COMBO IS TO SALSA! DURING THEIR 50+ YEARS OF PERFORMANCE, THIS LEGENDARY, 14 MEMBER SALSA ORCHESTRA FROM PUERTO RICO, HAS SOLD MORE THAN 100 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN.” - BARISTANET.COM

Led by pianist and musical director Rafael Ithier, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest dance bands. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece salsa group continues to inspire with its Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies.


Officially named “Ambassadors of Our Music” by the Puerto Rican Senate, El Gran Combo’s many hits include such classics as El Menu and Timablero. Their 1978 album, En Las Vegas, sold more than one million copies, and its follow-up, In Alaska: Breaking the Ice was nominated for a GRAMMY. They have sold over 120 records worldwide and holds the record for Most # 1 Latin Hits in all Latin Music Charts.

A longtime member of the popular Latin band, Cortijo y Su Combo, Ithier formed El Gran Combo in 1962 with eight of his bandmates, including percussionist, dancer, chorus singer, and salsa bandleader, Roberto Roena.


El Gran Combo continued to expand its following in the early ’60s, performing to enthusiastic crowds in New York, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela. In Puerto Rico, they appeared regularly on the popular television show, El Show de Las 12.

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