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Grammy Winner Poncho Sanchez to Perform at Frostburg State University

Grammy Winner Poncho Sanchez to Perform at Frostburg State University
Grammy-winner Poncho Sanchez.
Grammy-winner Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band will perform at Frostburg State University's Cordts Center Main Arena on Saturday, Oct.13, at 8 p.m. This event is part of FSU's Cultural Events Series.

Born in Texas, Sanchez grew up in California to the strains of Afro-Cuban music. He began playing the congas in high school and got his big break when he had the chance to play with his idol, vibraphonist Cal Tjader. For the next seven years, he played congas in Tjader's band. He formed his own group in 1980. The band has issued 18 recordings, including 1999's Grammy-winning "Latin Soul." His latest release, "Soul of the Conga," features jazz giants Terence Blanchard on trumpet and Joey DeFrancesco on organ.

The veteran conguero - translated "conga player" - is on a mission to share his musical passion for what he describes as homegrown American music for everybody.

"Our main goal is always to keep Latin jazz alive, growing and moving, while being authentic to the music we love," says Sanchez. "This music is not just for Latino people. It was born in the United States, and it is American music."

Critics agree. "As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly to the congas…" says Scott Lenz of the Los Angeles Times.

Dinner theatre specials are available prior to the performance at the following dinner theatre partner restaurants: Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, JB's Steak Cellar, Leone's Italian Restaurant and Oxford House. Each special includes a uniquely designed meal with non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Dinner theatre specials can be purchased through the CES Box Office.

For information and ticket purchases, and for dinner-theatre menu selections and reservation purchases, contact the FSU CES Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(886) 849-9237. Order requests can also be faxed to (301) 687-7049 or e-mailed to Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Cordts Center Arena Box Office one hour prior to the performance. For information and ticket availability on the day of the show, call (301) 687-4411. All patrons must have a ticket, and all ticket sales are final.

This tour of Poncho Sanchez is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. Additional information can be obtained by visiting Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series website at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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