WILLIE COLÓN: De Vuelta Al Barrio By special request from the salseros; Willie Colon returns to Lehman Center, "La Casa de la Salsa" for an exclusive performance of all his greatest hits. Produced by Lehman Center & José Raposo
Sounds Like: Willie Colón, Willie Colon Music, Marc Anthony
Label: Lone Wolf Records
Manager: Pietro Carlos
Producer, activist, composer, trombonist, arranger, singer, writer and humorist; the list goes on. Father of 4 sons, grandfather of 4 and a recent great- grand father; husband to Julia for 32 years; pilot, boater and techno geek.
Best known as the most successful Salsa music producer to date.
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“Every music biopic depends at least a little bit on a built-in familiarity and sympathy. We're already supposed to know a couple of things about Ray Charles or Johnny Cash or Mozart, and that's what's supposed to get us into the theater in the first place. And then our appreciation for these guys is supposed to deepen once we get some sense of their struggles and their contexts. Well, El Cantante isn't going to teach anyone about Hector Lavoe, and it isn't going to deepen anyone's appreciation either; I learned more about the man from spending ten minutes with his Wikipedia entry than I did by spending two hours with El Cantante this morning. The movie doesn't build on an already-extant affection for the man; it depends upon it entirely. The Lavoe of the movie is a total cold fish, an emotionless bumbler who barely even tries to keep his dangerous appetites in check and who seems singularly undevoted to craft or artistry. Maybe that's because Marc Anthony, who plays Lavoe, isn't an act”