Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thursday at 3pm: World Cup viewing party at Guantanamera

At 3pm Nashville time on Thursday, June 12, the World Cup begins in Brazil. Middle Tennesseans can watch the opening match, Brazil-Croatia, at a viewing party at Guantanamera Restaurant, at 3744 Nolensville Pike, near the entrance to the Nashville Zoo. The party starts at 2:30pm and will be hosted by the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce.

A finger food buffet, live music, and mojitos await attendees. Admission is $35 ($30 for TLACC members) and includes unlimited access to the buffet and two drink tickets.
"The World Cup is the biggest and greatest sports event in the world celebrated every four years. When 32 countries come together in one location to celebrate one sport we must take notice. Every four years Latinos from all over the world gather around a TV set to see their team/country play in the World Cup, if our team didn't qualify we pick our next top choice and when or if that team is disqualified we cheer for our "mother-land", Spain. The tradition is handed down from generation to generation, the World Cup is a must watch event. This year we the, Latin American Chamber of Commerce will celebrate this tradition with passionate seasoned soccer lovers and spectators alike, we will cheer, yell, applaud and possibly cry. It was important for us to offer this viewing party in a location that reminds us of being home, Guantanamera Restaurant, offers that taste of home in South Nashville. We hope to continue to celebrate our culture and traditions in our new home city and we hope to convert spectators into fans." -Marcela Gomez, VP of the Board of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce.
Read a glowing review of Guantanamera in the Nashville Scene, here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Music Row exec and two media personalities: stay tuned for these interviews from the archives

Photo by Marino González. Licensed via Creative Commons.

A confession: some of my interviews with Hispanic Nashvillians have never seen the light of day. Yes, I asked questions, and the interviewees answered, but some of those exchanges wither away in storage collecting dust.

One of the interviews is with a morning co-host at a local Christian radio broadcaster, who got her job in 2010 and who gave me an interview in 2011. I posted an excerpt at the time, but there was much more to it that what you saw.

Another interview collecting dust is with a Music Row executive.  Another is with a local TV news personality.  You haven't seen either of those.

Just so you know, I'm dusting off these interviews.  Coming soon...   

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Jackie Arredondo CMA performance and donation to follow Sabado Gigante gig

Jackie Arredondo. Submitted photo.
Latina country music performing artist Jackie Arredondo will autograph and donate a pair of her boots to the CMA Celebrity Auction, as part of the CMA Music Festival this June. Proceeds raised by the annual auction are to be donated to CMA’s Keep the Music Playing charity in support of public school music education. Jackie will be performing during CMA Fest on June 3, 2014, in an unplugged show at O Gallery, located at 1305 Clinton St., Suite 120, from 6pm-8pm. Tickets can be purchased on her website or in person by contacting Sheyla Paz.

Jackie was recently on a panel of experts for a singing competition on Sábado Gigante, Univision’s long-running, highly rated variety show. Arredondo was also in charge of the vocal coaching for the competition, called Viva la Diva. Arredondo has provided vocal coaching to singers working with producers like Emilio Estefan, Tommy Mottola and Sean (P Diddy) Combs.

Arredondo, a Cuban-American raised in Miami, Florida is a multi-talented artist who has already gained attention for her career as a country singer; her EP, “Just Call Me Jackie,” which was produced in Nashville by Brian G White.

Her last single “Like We Used To” was playing on radios in over 50 stations around the world including in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Netherlands, England, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Northern Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand and France. More recently, she released her new single “Amar Como Antes”, the spanish version of her song "Like We Used To" to the Latino market.

She was recently in Nashville recording her upcoming single.

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