Chicago hosts its first edition of Bolero Festival


[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n May 31, the Copernicus Center in Chicago will host the first edition of the Festival del Bolero, a genre full of romance. The evening promises to be a success with its artistic presentations by the legends Trio Los Panchos from Mexico, Danny Rivera and Nelson Gonzalez from Puerto Rico.

The concert aims to bring together people of all ages, tastes and ideologies to enjoy an evening of classic songs from the Golden Age of the Music of Latin America. The bolero is a symbol of love and longing, one that allows the singer to passionately express the vicissitudes of love and heartbreak. It doesn’t limit itself to a few instruments, yet the guitar and clarinet are the infallible companions.

Cuba is accredited to being the creator of the musical genre. However, other Spanish-speaking countries were the ones to expand it on the musical spectrum. The trios with guitars and requintos were slowly giving a way to a genre that became one of the most popular of that era.

Los Panchos were heirs to the original legendary trio who popularized the bolero. Trio Los Panchos are part of the stellar presentation. This generation of talent celebrated its 70th anniversary under the direction of Gabi Vargas, who has 35 years with the group.

Danny Rivera with Nelson Gonzalez

Gabriel “Gabi” Vargas Aguilar began his career at age 7 when Alfredo Gil, founder of the original trio, discovered his talent. “Music is my whole life since I can remember,” he said. Aguilar said he is happy and eager to please the people of Chicago. “Singing bolero is sharing a feeling, singing romantically.”

Danny Rivera, known as the “national voice of Puerto Rico” will be another legendary guest in the show. He said he is grateful for the invitation to participate in the opening of the festival. “We are going to sing to the audience, share through music, especially through bolero!” Rivera said.

Besides being a songwriter, Rivera is also dedicated to social work. Together with friends and organizations, they dedicate themselves to promoting the development of education in deprived neighborhoods.

Rivera said that “music is universal. The lyrics of the singer aim to find brotherhood within all political parties, all religions. We do not want to convince anyone that what we do is best, we sing for the human soul.”

Rivera will be performing singles off his newest album, “Obsesión,” alongside Nelson Gonzalez, a musician well-known for playing the tres guitar.

The bolero is the star of the night, with singers performing tunes of great composers and some of their own. Although the popularity of the bolero is not the same as before, its essence has transcended decades.

Copernicus Center
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
May 31, 7 p.m.


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