Friday, April 21st, 2017
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Known internationally as "El Caballero de la Salsa" ("The Gentleman of Salsa"), this GRAMMY-winning vocalist and bandleader was recently crowned "Tropical Music Artist of the Decade" by Billboard. Since launching his career in his native Puerto Rico three decades ago, Santa Rosa's musical elegance and style has made him one of the most prominent figures on today's world music scene. A Latin music pioneer, he was the first salsa singer to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall, and has since released a whopping 12 consecutive No. 1 albums - more than any other artist in tropical music history. The New York Times calls his live performances "spectacular" and credits Santa Rosa with pioneering a smooth fusion of "pop salsa, the soft, romantic salsa . . .and the harder salsa of the dance clubs."