Sergio Mendes will be performing at the on Sunday evening April 15 at 7 p.m.
Mr. Mendes is an icon in the Latin community, who creates a Latin sound combined with modern funk.
Sérgio Santos Mendes is a Brazillian musician with more than 55 releases, and plays bosso nova heavily crossed with jazz and funk.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012 as co-writer of the song "Real In Rio" from the animated film Rio.
He has collaborated with many artists through the years, including the Black Eyed Peas with whom he re-recorded a version of his original breakthrough hit "Mas Que Nada."
Ed and Will are looking forward to attending the performance at Van Wezel. There is a large Latin community in Sarasota.
Edwin Rivera, who is from Puerto Rico, has a great knowledge of Latin music and the history of the development of the Latin sound and said,
"I am so happy that there's is a place in Sarasota that recognizes Mr. Mendes contribution to the Latin sound and is bring him to Sarasota. I hope the Latin community has a chance to enjoy this evening."
Here is the spanish translation of Ed's quote:
Ed, que es de Puerto Rico, tiene un gran conocimiento de la música Latina y la historia del desarrollo del sonido latino y dijo:
"Estoy tan feliz que hay es un lugar en Sarasota que Mendes Sr. reconocida contribución al sonido latino y es llevarlo a Sarasota. Espero que la comunidad Latina tiene una oportunidad para disfrutar de esta noche. "
Edwin Rivera and Will Willoughby run the website: www.gityourgayon.com