Annual Special Events

Latin Legend Tito Puente, Jr. headlined 8th Annual SKARTS Gala

“Summer Salsa with Tito Puente Jr.” and his 12 piece  band (from New York and Miami) was held on July 28, 2012 at Stella Maris Retreat Center. This very special event included cocktails, dinner created by talented chef and restaurateur Chris Kuhns of Phoebe’s and the Sherwood  Inn, concert and dancing. La Familia de la Salsa, a Syracuse-based professional dance troupe, provided free dance lessons as well as demonstrated Latin dancing throughout the evening.

About Tito Puente Jr.
– the comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise?  Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music.  Tito, Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory. “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.”

He found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son — and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.

Tito Puente, Jr. has become an audience favorite in performing arts centers, symphony halls and jazz festivals worldwide, performing more than 300 shows over the past 5 years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes” featured the classic Puente titles and was spun into a BET Jazz television special of the same name.

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