PR: El Museo's Summer Nights 2007

Contact: NYC & Company: Kimberly Spell/Ernesto Freire 212-484-1270 or
El Museo del Barrio: Lauren Van Natten 212-660-7102 or


Salsa Star and NYC & Company Ambassador Will Introduce Legendary Bandleader Johnny Pacheco at Free Live Concert NEW YORK CITY (June 21, 2007)—Latin music stars Willie Colón and Johnny Pacheco will be on hand at the opening night of El Museo del Barrio's Summer Nights at El Museo concert series. Willie Colón—representing NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization of New York City—will act as emcee and introduce Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumbao who will be performing at El Museo's historic Teatro Heckscher from 6:30 to 9pm on Thursday, June 21.

"Willie has been an integral part of NYC & Company's marketing efforts for some time, and we are very happy to have him on board to help promote New York City," said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. "There is something here for everyone, and events like El Museo del Barrio's Summer Nights only reinforce New York City as a cultural and musical haven. My sincere hope is that New Yorkers and visitors alike will take the opportunity and explore the city and its many attractions."

Willie Colón has 11 GRAMMY nominations, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, one GRAMMY and 15 gold and five platinum records. He has collaborated with such musical greats as Héctor LaVoe, Rubén Blades and Celia Cruz.

"It is an honor to be introducing my dear friend Johnny Pacheco on opening night," said Willie Colón. "The Summer Nights series is a great showcase for some of the world's best Latin musical talent, and you can find it right here in my hometown—the world's greatest city—New York City. I hope everyone, from die-hard Salsa fans to people just wanting to try something new, get a chance to come to El Museo this summer and experience the fun and excitement."

Summer Nights will take place on 10 consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning tomorrow with Johnny Pacheco and ending on August 23 with the Venezuelan fusion band Los Amigos Invisibles. The free concert series will highlight the diversity of contemporary Latin music. The concerts will alternate every week between more traditional salseros, like Tito Puente, Jr., Plena Libre and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and new musical talent, such as CIRCO, Pistolera and Pacha Massive.

Teatro Heckscher of El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets, for information please call 212-831-7272 or visit

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