[quote align='center' color='#9C9C9C']Not every Fiesta act sings in Spanish (some sing in English). And the festival takes on a global flavor with styles and influences coming from Argentina, Spain, Colombia and other countries.[/quote]
By Eddie Jorgensen, Special to The Bee
Concerts in the Park, your summer neighbor is back in town.
The Latin-themed Fiesta en la Calle festival returns to Cesar Chavez Plaza on Saturday to kick off its eight-show summer season. The free outdoor concert series runs Saturdays through July 27 and features local, regional and national acts performing an array of musical styles including salsa, merengue, cumbia, rock, hip-hop and reggae.
Now in its third year, Fiesta en la Calle, which loosely translates to Party in the Street, has previously drawn sizable crowds of new and repeat fans interested in the many subgenres of Latin music as well as cultural food and fine art.
Saturday night's show is headlined by keyboardist- vocalist Salvador Santana (son of Carlos Santana), who also opened the 2012 series. Opening acts include Ruckatan and Blanca Sandoval.
A few notes: Not every Fiesta act sings in Spanish (some sing in English). And the festival takes on a global flavor with styles and influences coming from Argentina, Spain, Colombia and other countries.
Fiesta en la Calle also mixes new acts with established ones. One of Sacramento's longest-running dance bands, the nine-member Midnight Players, is scheduled to play the closing night show. The group is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year.