Latino ‘Merenguero’ Elvis Crespo Rocks the Stage on One of the Hottest Latin Fiestas, Unidos en la Música

Latino ‘Merenguero’ Elvis Crespo Rocks the Stage on One of the Hottest Latin Fiestas, Unidos en la Música

Get ready to be transported to a world of pulsating rhythms, vibrant colors, and mouthwatering flavors! Welcome to the sensational Unidos en la Música: A Latin American Festival, where the magic of Latino culture comes alive in St. Augustine. BELatina News was lucky enough to attend this mind-blowing extravaganza, and let me tell you, it was a festival like no other! 

“The energy at Unidos Music Festival really felt like what the name suggests, unified,” said BELatina News’ Latina correspondent, Cristina Rodriguez, about her time at the event. “People from all backgrounds were dancing, eating, talking, and singing all while supporting what makes each and every one of us unique and connected to our cultures.” 

Latino ‘Merenguero’ Elvis Crespo Rocks the Stage on One of the Hottest Latin Fiestas, Unidos en la Música
Cristina Rodriguez, BELatina News correspondent

Imagine a place where you can explore interactive cultural exhibits, indulge in delectable treats from nearly 100 artisans, challenge your skills in historical games, and witness jaw-dropping dance performances. This festival had it all, amigxs! From the moment we stepped foot into Francis Field, we knew we were in for an unforgettable experience. 

The star-studded lineup was enough to make any music lover weak at the knees. But when we heard that the one and only Elvis Crespo, the Puerto Rican merengue sensation and Latin Grammy winner, would be headlining the festival, we couldn’t contain our excitement. His chart-topping hit “Suavemente” had us all dancing like your favorite tía at your cousin’s birthday party. 

“My favorite part was experiencing the music from all Latin America and seeing people dancing everywhere you looked. And of course, nothing beats Elvis Crespo singing Bad Bunny!” she said.  

But Unidos en la Música wasn’t just about the music. Para nada! It was a kaleidoscope of cultural wonders that took our breath away. The stage came alive with the sizzling moves of World Salsa Summit champions, who effortlessly transported us to the sultry streets of Latin America. We were mesmerized by the rhythm and passion of salsa and bachata, and even tried to replicate a few moves ourselves (let’s just say we’ll stick to being enthusiastic spectators). Although, our Puerto Rican correspondent, Cristina, did amazingly well.  

That’s not all! Brazilian samba and capoeira performances shook the ground beneath our feet, as the dancers twirled, flipped, and spun in a mesmerizing display of skill and athleticism. The beats of their drums reverberated through our souls, leaving us craving more. 

The dance extravaganza didn’t stop there. We were treated to the enchanting sights and sounds of Mexican folkloric dance, traditional Peruvian dance, and a vibrant Venezuelan dance ensemble. The colors, the costumes, and the sheer energy of these performances left us in awe of the rich cultural heritage they represented. It was like stepping into a living tapestry of Latin American traditions. 

Latino culture took the center stage at the ‘Unidos en la Música’

Founder Erika Quintero’s vision of unity and inclusivity permeated every corner of the festival. The vibrant atmosphere created an oasis of acceptance, where people from all walks of life came together to celebrate the rich tapestry of Latino culture. St. Augustine, the birthplace of Hispanic and Latino influence in the United States, was the perfect backdrop for this grand celebration. 

Latino ‘Merenguero’ Elvis Crespo Rocks the Stage on One of the Hottest Latin Fiestas, Unidos en la Música
A painting of Selena Quintanilla at Unidos en la Música

As we wandered through the festival grounds, we found ourselves in a shopper’s paradise. The air was filled with the tantalizing aromas of cultural treats, beckoning us to sample their mouthwatering delights. We couldn’t resist the urge to explore the rows of vendors offering unique clothing, exquisite jewelry, and captivating artwork. It was a treasure trove of creativity and craftsmanship, where we found souvenirs that would forever remind us of this incredible experience. 

Unidos en la Música wasn’t just about entertainment and shopping. It was a place of learning, growth, and connection.  

Latino ‘Merenguero’ Elvis Crespo Rocks the Stage on One of the Hottest Latin Fiestas, Unidos en la Música
Mexican traditions at Unidos en la Música

The workshops transported us to the heart of Latin American traditions, teaching us the folklore celebrations, salsa, bachata, and Peruvian dances. We couldn’t help but let loose and join the festivities, moving our hips and twirling with newfound confidence. And let’s not forget the special attractions like the Mural exhibition and the Somos Humanos Living Library. They provided a window into the lives of those whose stories are often overlooked, allowing us to bridge the gaps of misunderstanding and embrace the diversity of human experiences. 

We can’t wait for Unidos en la Música: A Latin American Festival next year! Will you be joining us? 

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