Thursday, June 23, 2005

Hispanic R&B artist Frankie J. headlines Latium tour in Nashville tonight

The Nashville City Paper reports that Frankie J., formerly of the Mexican-American group the Kumbia Kings, will headline the Latium World Tour's visit in Nashville tonight at Dancin' in the District. The Latium World Tour features English-Spanish bilingual artists with mainstream followings.

"'I had plenty of friends telling me I was crazy, and the guys in the band were saying wait another year or two and let's keep riding this thing out,' he said. 'But I always loved R&B and wanted to make a dent in that market. There were many people saying, 'There's no way that a Latino will be accepted by the urban audience, and you're making a huge mistake.''"

"But Frankie J.'s immediate and sustained success has proven the detractors quite wrong. He's now headlining the Latium World Tour along with Baby Bash and Natalie, which comes to town today at part of the Bridgestone Dancin' In The District concert series. The Latium Tour is noteworthy in that it's not only a full spectrum concert event featuring each performer backed by a large band, high-tech video production and dancers, but it's also a show featuring Latino performers that have large audiences among English and Spanish-speaking audiences. There's a marketing agreement in place with Si TV, the only English-language Latino television network, that provides cross-promotional events and online marketing."

"Getting there
What: Dancin' in the District presents The Latium World Tour featuring Frankie J., Baby Bash and Natalie
When: 5:30 tonight
Where: Riverfront Park, 100 First Ave. N.
Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the gate
Info: 255-3588"

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