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“CUBAN NATIONAL TEAM VISITS FOR HISTORIC SERIES! Pamona, NY. The historic weekend concludes on Sunday, June 26th, as we celebrate "Hispanic Heritage Day" at Palisades Credit Union Park! Join us for a pre-game concert from "Los Ciegos Del Barrio" beginning at 12:00pm before a 2:00pm first pitch. It's another Pups in the Park day with the first 1,000 fans receiving commemorative Boulders dog leashes, courtesy of the Duke of Oil & Tune. After the final out, kids 13 and under can run the bases, courtesy of Bardonia Pediatrics! Don't miss out on this great family fun day by purchasing your seats now!”

“Los Ciegos Del Barrio released their latest single “Mama Used To Say” in May 2015. The track is a remake of the 1982 debut release, and hit single, by British singer-songwriter Junior Giscombe and co-writer Bob Carter. The single was also a Top5 R&B hit in the USA and won Junior the ‘Best Newcomer’ from Billboard magazine. In 2011 Beverley Knight covered the song, which was released as a single, as well as being included on her album “Cuddly Toy”. Now in 2015, Los Ciegos Del Barrio show no fear of flying high, and release their own version of this mega-hit. And quite frankly the Los Ciegos Del Barrio version has a whole new flavor made up of swinging Latino rhythms, funky horns and voluptuous harmonies. Fun, fun, and more fun! I’d never heard of this group previously, but they have an absolutely fantastic version of this song! They deliver good music that will stir the Latin in anyone, whether you’re Latin or not, it will put some sizzle in your heart. Every so often a”

“In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Los Ciegos Del Barrio, an experimental, bilingual Latin rock group. The outfit is a remarkably unique one, consisting of five blind Americans of Latin descent, hence why the band name translates to ‘The Blind Boys from the Neighborhood.’ (It is worth mentioning that they all suffer from varying degrees of legal blindness. They’re not entirely without sight.) Let’s dig into their new tune, ‘Mama Used To Say.’ It goes without saying that the band’s instrumental prowess is only more impressive as a result of their disabilities. Goodness, ‘Mama Used To Say’ is an elegant excursion through Latin-tinged, salsa-like rock. Los Ciegos Del Barrio do remind me a bit of The Blind Boys of Alabama. Aside from the fact that they’re five blind guys creating killer music, the comparison does run deeper. The Blind Boys of Alabama have championed a very American sound over the course of the last seventy yea”

“On a radio interview yesterday afternoon, from Visionary Media Studios in New York City, Los Ciegos Del Barrio took a break from recording for their upcoming new album, to announce on Inner-Vision Radio's "DJD Digital Distraction" show, that the band will be matching and donating all proceeds from their sale "Baby Boy" via their BandCamp site, to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital for cancer research. "We heard about what you are doing..." said Alvin Suarez to the host of the radio show during his all day radiothon for the charity, "...and we were touched by the fact that you are taking time out of your Sunday to come out and do this for such a great cause." One of the band's closest friends, Eliot, is a cancer survivor, so it's a topic that hits close to home for the band. "Baby Boy" has enjoyed success as it topped the local Latin chart in New York, while hitting #2 Nationwide on a well known independent music site. So the band wanted to give back by supporting this charity...”

“Castleton presents Latin music band Los Ciegos Del Barrio joined by the Latin Soul Dance Project on Tuesday April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Casella Theater. Los Ciegos Del Barrio is a New York based Latin music band whose members were born blind. Having played together since childhood, their show encompasses all the major types of Latin music including salsa, merengue, bachata and tango, as well as original compositions. Performing with dancing sensation and master dance instructor Cynthia La China from the Latin Soul Dance Project, One Night in Havana will transport audiences to a musical paradise, where sound and movement create a multi-ethnic language that listeners old and young with enthusiastically embrace. A passionate teacher and performer, Cynthia La China’s dedication to dance borders on an obsession, resulting in the perfection of a variety of dance styles including Salsa, Flamenco, Cha Cha, Tango, Jazz, ballet, African and more...”

“The bilingual New York-based Latin music group Los Ciegos del Barrio (The Blind Boys from the Hood) will captivate audiences with an invigorating fusion of salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, bolero, rock, and much more. Los Ciegos del Barrio, who have been called “powerful, lively, and bold” will perform on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00pm in the Center for the Arts (CFA) Williamson Theatre. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1P-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday, noon to 3:00pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787). The Latino band version of Stevie Wonder has arrived – and while they can’t see, they can certainly make people groove. Created in 1997 by twin brothers Alvin and Derek Suarez, the eclectic Los Ciegos del Barrio are made up of five legally blind Americans of Latin origin. The Suarez brothers, who were born and raised in Harlem, and are of Cuban, Puerto”

“Latino American Festival scheduled The Mohawk Valley Latino Association will be hosting the seventh annual Latino American Festival, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Hanna Park. Festival activities include traditional Latino foods and music and live entertainment by Los Ciegos del Barrio, Mundo Nuevo, The Players, So Official, DJ Kel, Ritmo Caribeño & Prodigies.”

“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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