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Hot salsa returns to OC Great Park with LA bandleader Johnny P
Free dance party on Sept 11 honors the Park’s military heritage

07.28.2009 –
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date/time: Friday, September 11, 2009 at 8pm                                             Salsa sizzles!
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Free dance instruction begins at 7:30pm
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location: Orange County Great Park                                                       News Facts
directions: http://www.ocgp.org/visit/hours-directions/                                    LA bandlea
cost: Free event. Parking is $8                                                            salsa to Ora
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Johnny Polanco’s music pops up in some interesting places—including the movies             September

Death to Smoochy and Contact, shoe and beer commercials, the Playboy Jazz Fest             provides da
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at the Hollywood Bowl and the Latin Grammys. But there’s no place the salsa
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musician would rather be playing than in front of a busy dance floor. He’s been a
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regular at such jumping LA venues as El Floridita and the Mayan. Now he’s a regular
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at the Orange County Great Park: On September 11, he and his band Conjunto
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Amistad make their third appearance in two years at the park’s Friday night dance          The concert
party.                                                                                     County Gre
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The Bronx-born Polanco began performing with his uncles when he was 13 and by             the first gre

14 he was performing professionally with the Steve Colon Band. Proficient on guitar,       21st centur
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tres, violin, vibes, bass, percussion and other instruments, he played in several
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bands on both coasts – and served in the Marines, stationed at El Toro Air Station,
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located at is now the Orange County Great Park – before starting his own band
Conjunto Amistad in 1993. They have since not only become one of the hottest salsa       Resource Li
bands in the nation, but they’re played a sizable part in the resurgence in popularity   Johnny Pola
of the music.                                                                            Amistad
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Johnny Polanco’s performance is one of 17 free summer concerts and dances                Irvine Barcla
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produced for the Orange County Great Park by the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Dance
instruction by Atomic Ballroom begins at 7:30pm; live music starts at 8pm at the         Tags
Great Park’s Preview Park, accessible from Sand Canyon Ave. near the I-5. There is       Irvine, Barcla
ample parking at $8 per vehicle, so load up on friends and family. This year’s dance     arts, music,
parties take place on an enlarged dance floor, with improved sound and staging.          Great Park,
The festival atmosphere of the concerts and dances is enhanced by the on-site            instruction,

Hangar Café bar and vegetarian café, which opens at 6pm, and by free rides in The        events, sals
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Great Park Balloon. For more information about events at the Orange County Great
Park, please visit www.ocgp.org.


Please direct press inquiries to Sandy Robertson at robertson@thebarclay.org


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About OC Great Park Summer Concerts


Contacting OC Great Park Summer Concerts
OC Great Park Summer Concerts
Sand Canyon & Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
Website: http://www.ocgp.org

Press Contact
Sandy Robertson
Email: robertson@thebarclay.org
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sandy-robertson/10/500/900

Interview Request
For artist interviews: contact the individual artist rep listed on the press release

Product Sample Request
Jim Washburn
Email: washburned@earthlink.net




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