SALSA MUSIC, DANCE SEPT. 25 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GROSSMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT

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East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Music Department will present "Salsa Under the Stars," a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.

What's being billed as Grossmont College's first major outdoor concert event is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the Main Quad.

Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 for students with proceeds going to the Grossmont College Music Scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased at the Main Quad on performance night, or online and picked up at will-call in front of Bldg. 26, Room 220.

The event starts with free salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the 13-piece Manny Cepeda Orchestra, which blends classic salsa with Cumbia, Afro-Cuban and World music. In addition to raising scholarship funds, "Salsa Under the Stars" is a celebration of the release of Cepeda's latest classic salsa CD, "Padre Querido."

Also taking the performance stage will be Grossmont College Music Department chair and jazz trumpet player Derek Cannon, Classical Guitar Studies director Fred Benedetti and others.