Thursday, March 15, 2012




WHEN: March 22,  8 PM
Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge
TICKETS: Concert admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are required. Please call 732.634.0413 for more information

Jazz pianist Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon Jr. and his band Ensalada de Pulpo will perform at Woodbridge’s Barron Arts Center as part of the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style Concert Series.

In the midst of NJ’s seasoned Latin bands, Ensalada de Pulpo has continued to stir crowds with their infectious swing. Led by the esteemed pianist Gilberto Colon Jr. affectionately known as “Pulpo” Ensalada de Pulpo has remained true to its name. The band is a mixture of different musical elements that help create its melodic magic. As a result, the band is able to reach a multitude of audiences that may crave a full “Salsa Orquesta” or others that may prefer an all-American jazzy rhythm section.

Whether enhancing the vocals or leading the melody, Pulpo’s work on the piano has long been recognized as one of the best in Latin Music. He is credited for playing with all three of the “Big 3”; The Tito Puente Orchestra, The Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, and The Machito Orchestra. Pulpo credits his experiences with the “Big 3” as “the break that really took my playing to the  next level.” Most recently, Pulpo is coming off the successful release of his debut album “Hot Bread” awarded Best Latin Album at the 2008
Independent Music Awards.

About the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style series: This concert is part of the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style series, an all encompassing arts series that celebrates Latin influences in New Jersey and how New Jersey in turn has influenced Latin culture. The series is sponsored by The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission with the support of Mayor John McCormac. Funding has been made possible in part by The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission through  a grant provided by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State; a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge, NJ.
Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 11 AM-4 PM; Saturday and Sunday 2 – 4 PM.

About the Barron Arts Center: Woodbridge Township’s Center for the Arts The Barron Arts Center, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recently celebrated its 130th Anniversary. With the support of the  Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission and under the direction of Cynthia Knight, the Barron Arts Center offers programming to the public free of charge.

Donations are appreciated and are essential to the continuation of free quality arts programs and exhibits. The Barron Arts Center always accepts donations for The Mayor’s Food Bank & The Woodbridge Animal Shelter.

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