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The Legendary Eddie Palmieri, William Cepeda, Joey Burgos: Disaster Relief Benefit for Puerto Rico & Mexico
Saturday, October 28, 201710:00 pm - 11:55 pm


UMOS, together with 12th District Alderman Jose G. Perez, and Publisher Victor Huyke  will welcome  Grammy Winner, Music Icon and Living Legend Eddie Palmieri & his Latin Jazz Ensemble in a special benefit performance to raise funds for victims of the natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico on Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00pm at the Potowatomi Hotel & Casino- Woodland Dreams Ballroom, 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. ALL ticket proceeds will be donated to charity thanks to the generosity of  Mr. Palmieri, his sidemen, and all of the participating artists and volunteers.

The recent catastrophic natural disasters in Central America and the Caribbean have directly impacted friends and families of many residents of Milwaukee County and Southeastern Wisconsin.  An important humanitarian effort to aid victims has emerged from high profile musicians who are donating their time, talent and artistry to provide a dynamic entertainment experience while generating much needed monetary funds.   The City of Milwaukee was honored to be the recipient of legendary musician Eddie Palmieri’s offer to donate 100% of his services on a precious Saturday evening time slot together with local and regional musicians in order to send aid directly to victims.  Mr. Palmieri, winner of 10 Grammy Awards, an NEA Jazz Master Award-America’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in Jazz,  is currently on a national tour entitled: “EP @ 80” celebrating his 80th birthday with innovative new music and a selection of classic hits most of which have become anthems throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.   A volunteer committee of artists, elected officials, educators, and community activists quickly mobilized to produce and market the event.  All three event co-hosts have a distinguished record of providing outstanding leadership and support to underserved communities.   UMOS, a leading non-profit community based advocacy agency has generously offered to support this humanitarian fundraiser and concert which follows its acclaimed annual Hispanic Awards Banquet  scheduled to take place earlier that evening in an adjacent ballroom.  Mr. Palmieri will open the show promptly at 10 p.m. in the Woodland Dreams Ballroom of the Potowatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI  53233. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.   Advance tickets available online at: .  Donations will also be taken at the door and a select number of Special Discount Coupons will be available on a first come- first served basis to all patrons who attend the UMOS Hispanic Awards Banquet.  A VIP package is available with premium seating and perks which include a private meeting with the artists, and signed poster or CD.
All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

Another unique element of this historic concert performance is the special appearance of acclaimed world-class virtuoso William Cepeda, from Loiza, Puerto Rico. Cepeda’s home was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria and he will temporarily reside in the Midwest until further notice.  Mr. Cepeda can speak first hand about surviving the storm, and its short and long term impact on the culture, music and art of Puerto Rico. Internationally known as a jazz trombonist, conch shell soloist, bandleader, composer, author, folklorist, educator and humanitarian: Mr. Cepeda is an alumnus of the Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Orchestra.  He has bachelor and master’s degrees in music theory and composition.  In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of Music and had the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival dedicated to him that same year.  He has arranged, performed and recorded with many of the most famous salsa orchestras in Puerto Rico and New York City.  Mr. Cepeda has done much to advocate for the city of Loiza Puerto Rico as a goodwill ambassador.  An acknowledged Master of the island’s indigenous rhythms known as Bomba and Plena, William Cepeda is one of Puerto Rico’s principal exponents of these genres as well as having been one of the first artists along with Composer Papo Vazquez to coin the term: AfroRican Jazz.

Milwaukee is rich in talent.  The latin music community has a number of veteran salsa ensembles including Nabori, Cache, Veneno, De La Buena, DeCalle Son, among many others.  Distinguished vocalist, composer, bandleader and “sonero” Jesus “Joey” Burgos was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in Milwaukee for more than 40 years.  He leads the versatile ensemble “Clave Y Afinque” with guest soloist Edwin Cepeda on percussion. This concert/fundraiser is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness these local and international artists and other surprise guests join together to support others in need.

Ticketing // Admission:

Seating capacity is limited.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.  Minimum advance donation is $40.00.  Special VIP package $150.00 includes premium reserved seating, private meet and greet with artists and complimentary signed CD or Poster while supplies last.  ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE AT: .

The event organizers and artists have set a minimum goal of $25,000.00 for disaster relief. All proceeds donated to: The American Red Cross.  Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.    

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles:  ‘Latin jazz legend Palmieri coming to Milwaukee for Mexico, Puerto Rico relief effort’  ‘Puerto Rican composer now living in Racine hopes song spurs island's comeback after Maria’

Artist websites:
$40 Advance Donation; $150 VIP Package

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Woodland Dreams Ballroom (3rd Floor)

1721 W. Canal Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

Mike Reyes 414-350-5522 414-502-7787

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