Merengue singer Vargas to headline 1st Festival Latino de Providence.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Merengue singer Sergio Vargas will headline the 1st Festival Latino de Providence/Latino Music Festival during Labor Day weekend, organizer Waterfront Productions announced Wednesday.
The festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 8 p.m. along the waterfront at India Point Park. Also on hand will be Fefita la Grande, a merengue accordionist from the Dominican Republic, and other artists to be announced.
Michele Maker Palmieri, president and CEO of Waterfront Productions, said that other acts would include merengue tipico and tropical entertainment by international and regional artists, along with Latin cuisine, drinks, a waterfront dance floor and more.
Flexible general-admission tickets, which allow concert attendees to come and go throughout the event, will go on sale Thursday at noon at riwaterfrontevents.com or ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Price is $20 in advance, $30 the day of the festival. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.
Headliner Vargas, from the Dominican Republic, was the main vocalist for the band Los Hijos del Ray and released his first album in 1986, which included the hit, “La Quiero A Morir.” In 1988, he earned Casandra awards from the Art Critics Association of the Dominican Republic for his self-titled concert, “Sergio,” and a video for his song “Vampiras,” and in 1991 received one for his TV special, “Este es mi Pais” (“This is my country”). He also headlined at Madison Square Garden as part of New York City’s Carnival of Merengue.
In 2006, Vargas was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Congress, representing his hometown of Villa Altagracia.