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“Headlining the event was a band from New York City, Los Ciegos Del Barrio, with their lively and deep well of Latino tunes. According to band leader Alvin Suarez, they have played this event before, and always found it welcoming. He and the other four members of the band are also second-generation immigrants. Besides our sense of joy playing music and giving of ourselves to the audience, we also like the idea of providing resources to the immigrant community," he said. "And for us, when we play it lets them all know that no matter where you're from we all speak the same language -- music."”

“Una banda norteamericana de ciegos toca salsa en la Feria del Libro en Cuba 18 de febrero de 2011, 01:11 PM LA HABANA (AFP) - La agrupación estadounidense Los ciegos del barrio deleita esta semana en La Habana al público que asiste a la Feria Internacional del Libro, al que hacen bailar a ritmo de salsa. PUBLICIDAD...”

“...“Los Ciegos del Barrio,” a group with five blind band members, has been entertaining thousands with a multi-genre blend of merengue, bachata, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, and even rock... ”

“...As the night unraveled into something that was bigger than us, it came time to honor Evan Mittman for making all this happen. Visionary Media CEO Doug Maxwell brought John Varvatos on stage to present Evan with a gold record plaque. Evan ended the ceremony by singing “The Way You Look Tonight” with blind Latin/salsa group Los Ciegos Del Barrio, “The Blind Boys of the Neighborhood”. It was total improv – Evan inserted words and phrases that didn’t exist and Los Ciegos infused their salsa flavor into the song. But it felt authentic. People were clapping, waving their drinks in the air, cheering, and just having a great time...”

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“Los Ciegos Del Barrio had those attending the recent beer fest at the Salisbury Ski Jumps moving to its fast-paced rhythms. But along with the praises and compliments from the listeners came surprise to learn the band’s name is not just a catchy choice: Most of the members are legally blind. Noted musician Eliot Osborn, who along with his wife, Louise, created Project Troubador, which seeks to send entertainers to countries throughout the world to work with local community leaders in support of a variety of issues. Back in the late ‘80’s, when songwriter Osborn was trying to support himself, he took a job teaching music at the NY Institute, which serves students with disabilities. Osborn helped then, 15 and 16 year olds establish a band and find places for it to play. “They played the Village Gate for a month and Project Troubador took them to Russia,”...”


“On a crystal clear Friday night, with low humidity and a perfectly comfortable temperature, the band Los Ciegos del Barrio added a measure of heat before a crowd that filled the area in front of the bandstand at Village Square in Glen Cove, kicking off  the city's Downtown Sounds summer concert series. Latin vocals, wrapped in the rhythms of salsa, merengue, and more, punctuated by the occasional rock or pop tune, had the undivided attention of the audience, with some members up and dancing before the bandstand. "There's a lot of rhythm going on here," attendee Maria Poulos said...”

“Los Ciegos del Barrio are slated to kickoff Glen Cove's Downtown Sounds concert series on Friday. While songs in some of the musical genres performed by Los Ciegos del Barrio may be unfamiliar to members of the audience at the opening concert for this year's Downtown Sounds series on Friday — cumbia, bachata, reggaeton, for example — the band's performance is not so much about categorizing the music they play as it is feeling the pulse of the Latin-rhythm-driven melodies. The band also performs the more familiar music of salsa, merengue, even rock with vocals in both English and Spanish. "People's unfamiliarity with some of the musical genres we play, and also some of the percussion instruments, is all part of the musical adventure with our band," said Alvin Suarez, the band's founder. "We are really looking forward to kicking off a great holiday weekend in Glen Cove."...cont'd”

“Glen Cove, NY list of 2 items Info Related events | 5 list end definition list of 3 items Event Date(s) Friday, July 2 at 7:30 PM-9:30 PM. Location Glen Cove Village Square Glen Street Bridge Street Glen Cove, NY 11542 Phone: 516-759-6970 Website: http://glencovedowntown.org Description: Downtown Sounds: Los Ciegos Del Barrio Los Ciegos Del Barrio perform Latin/Alternative music, some seating provided, bringing a chair is recommended ”

“On March 26 BEAM will showcase some of NYC’s top talents, including Lachi, who’s recently signed a record deal with Fanatic Records, Latin band Los Ciegos Del Barrio who’ve recently released the successful "Por Que? Porque!" CD and the up-and-coming Ska Punk band Dreadbeat Dadz.”

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“In 2008, hundreds of chili tasters enjoyed over 40 amateur and professional chilies while rocking to the salsa beatt of NYC band Los Ciegos del Barrio. Vegetarian and traditional chilies will be available for take out, or to eat in amidst the rollicking revelry of Los Ciegos.”

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“¿Por Que? ¡Porque…!" the latest CD from Los Ciegos Del Barrio was released, June 23. It pays tribute to the late blind poet/educator/activist Mary Anne Parks. Through August 31, 25% of proceeds from the sales will help support a scholarship set up in her honor.”

“NYISE graduates performing in the Dominican Republic with their band Los Ciegos Del Barrio. Between October 8th and October 22nd, 2006, graduates Arnaldo Vargas, Alvin Suarez and Derek Suarez spent two weeks staging performances in schools, orphanages, old age homes, AIDS patient facilities, etc.”

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