Friday, June 10, 2011

Rumba at the CMAs: top local band to bring Latin music to Bridgestone Arena Plaza

The CMA's will have a Latin twist (and shake and groove) this weekend. Rumba, the band made up of Conexion Americas staffers, will be performing on the Lay’s Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The performance does not require paid admission.

Rumba was formed exclusively to compete in the third annual ABC Music City Corporate Band Challenge back in April. Rumba made it through the opening rounds of the competition and qualified for the finals at The Wildhorse Saloon. For this newborn Latin band to take the stage at the Wildhorse was a big deal in and of itself, but even more impressive was how it knocked the crowd's socks off. The judges made it official: Rumba was the competition's top musical group.

The winner of the ABC Music City Corporate Band Challenge gets to perform at the CMA Music Festival, so the performance by Rumba this Saturday is the grand prize being played out, in front of all the tourists and Nashvillians converging on downtown this week. Rumba doesn't play country music, but as Conexion Americas Executive Director Renata Soto told Cindy McCain of the Examiner, Rumba's presence at the CMAs shows that Latinos have adopted Music City as their home and are proud to be part of the music scene that makes the city so great.

Read McCain's full story at

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