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- Latin Dance Night Hosted by DJ R2 Featuring Conjunto Alegre
- at Muze
- Thursday, May 16th 2019
Latin Dance Night Hosted by DJ R2 Featuring Conjunto Alegre
DJ R2 has been a prominent member of Portland’s Latin music scene for the last decade. R2 is a resident of Trio Club and WE 96.3.
Conjunto Alegre means Happy Band, created by Aquiles Montas in September of 1987 after parting away from his previous band Ritmo Tropical he started with his friend Pedro Beltran in January of 1984 to introduce Caribbean Music Merengue and Salsa to Portland Oregon since people assumed that all Latin American music was mariachi. Aquiles brought vocalist Manuela Figueroa, Roberto Cruz and percussionist Amador Marcano, and recruited local new talent musicians from Mt Hood Community College music program. Ron Green, Dave Chambers, Ed Buckley, Mark Shervin, Quincy Jones.
Since then Alegre has been performing at Festivals all over the Northwest such as: Portland Salsa en la Calle, Portland Rose Festival, The Bite Festival, Artquake, Cinco de Mayo, Mayors Ball, Mt Hood Jazz Festival, Salem Art Festival, Eugene Celebration, Seattle’s ForkLive Festival, Hispanic SeaFair, Victoria British Columbia, Canada and many Universities in Oregon and Washington.
Conjunto Alegre was chosen to represent Latin Music by Cirque Du Soleil in Portland 1999 and Seattle in 2000. Received Best Latin Band and Best Latin Song ( Bella Bella) at the Portland Music Association Contest and Mayors Ball 1997. Many times at Fundraising events for the Portland Metropolitan Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Bend Latino Community Association.
What makes Conjunto Alegre stands out from other Latin bands is the variety of music styles they play from Dominican Republic: Merengue and Bachata; Puerto Rico and Cuba, Salsa-Chachacha; Colombia Salsa and Cumbia,, and other music styles from other Latin American countries. Great for all occasions summer park concerts, fundraisers, weddings, nightclubs.
Aquiles Montas became the first promoter of Latin music by bringing local acts from San Francisco, Seattle and Eugene and then International acts such as: Tito Puente, Andy Montanez, Los Van Van, Roberto Torres, Marvin Santiago, Eddie Santiago, and many more. He is a high energy performer, percussionist and composer, volunteer radio DJ at KBOO, Portland Oregon, Community Organizer Activist.