Headlining concerts by Salsa star Kevin Ceballo and GRAMMY nominated Alex Bueno, delicious Latin cuisine, a new Reggaeton Night and a Latin performance by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra highlight three days of free family fun during the 6th-annual iSabor! Latin Festival June 17-19 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Ceballo, who performs at the Levitt Pavilion June 17, 8 p.m., began his musical career in 1990s lending vocals to recordings for Celia Cruz’s production Celia and Friends and Sola by La India, both of which were nominated for multiple Latin GRAMMY Awards. Ceballo’s first single, “Mi Primer Amor,” reached the top Latin Tropical radio charts for seven consecutive weeks. In 2000, he was named “Tropical New Artist of the Year” by American Network Univision.
On June 18, 8 p.m., Dominican artist Alex Bueno serves up a night of Merengue and Bachata at the Levitt stage. After performing in Gerardo Vera’s All-Stars and recording the hit “Piel Canela” with Fernando Villalona, Bueno formed Orquesta Liberacion, singing alongside Andres de Jesus. In 1995 he released the successful album Me Equivoque, followed by the recordings Corazon Duro and Bachata A Su Tiempo.
New this year at iSabor! are the festival’s first Reggaeton Night, featuring El Elegido, Bolo Flow & Friends and Los Cashirulos, on June 17, 10 p.m., and a Latin classical music performance by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) June 19, 7 p.m., at Levitt Pavilion. Opening the ASO concert at 6:30 p.m. is The El Sistema Lehigh Valley Orchestra, a student orchestra that is sponsored by the Allentown Symphony Association and is part of a daily after-school program at Roosevelt Elementary and South Mountain Middle School in Allentown.
Among the many other highlights at iSabor! are:
Bilingual Storytime, Bookmark Craft and Scavenger Hunt – June 18, 5:30 p.m.
ArtsQuest Center 2nd Floor
Presented by Lower Macungie Library
Urban Varieties Fashion Show – June 18, 7 p.m.
ArtsQuest Center, Fowler Blast Furnace Room
Featuring dance and fashion focusing on the themes of Hip-Hop, Classy Lady and Puerto Rican Nights.
Mariachi Mass – June 19, 10 a.m.
Air Products Town Square
The iSabor! Latin Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsors helping to make the free festival possible include Aetna, B. Braun Medical Inc., Banko Beverage, MetroPCS, TD Bank, United Healthcare, Urban Varieties and USTA Middle States, along with media partners La Ola radio, 69-WFMZ-TV en Espanol and Panorama Latin News.