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Utahns host foreign performers for folk festival

Bands & Music By Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune: WEST VALLEY CITY - Many cultures make the world a diverse place, but all humans share the common language of smiles, song, dance and music. Salt Lake area families hosting musicians from China, Mongolia and Panama rediscovered that this week as they shared their homes with performers visiting Utah for the International Folk Festival at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center on Saturday. "Somehow if we help each other, things can be better for them and for us," said Iris Samuelson of Sandy, who hosted 10 Mongolians with her husband, Gary. Since Iris Samuelson is a native of Lima, Peru, a number of cooking and language lessons were shared during the visit. She taught some Spanish and learned some Mongolian words. The Samuelson's son learned Mongolian songs. Gary Samuelson said he had been involved for many years in Bountiful's international Summerfest, where the Mongolians performed last week. They needed a place to stay, so he volunteered his home.
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Songs with Panama In the Title

Bands & Music I've been looking for a nice way to put some music up on the site. There's a lot to be said for songs about Panama, songs from Panamanian bands, and the like. It's not that I have too much time on my hands, but I am always looking for ways to make the site better. Enjoy... Panama Red Panama
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RESIDENTE CALLE 13 in panama

Bands & Music Today the Puerto Rican reggaeton group Residente Calle 13 held a press conference at the Crowne Plaza hotel at 6:30 PM. The artists talked about their upcoming concert and answered questions from the media. The group will be playing tomorrow night, Thursday, 18 May at the Next disco on Balboa Avenue. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP and are available at Blockbuster. This is the first time the group has held a concert outside of either the United States or Puerto Rico. In the press conference the artists expressed their respect for Panama as the birthplace of reggaeton and also as a demonstration of their respect for Ruben Blades. Official website:
http://www.lacalle13.com/ and http://www.sonycenter.com.pa/calle13/

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Hillary Duff in Concert - 23 May 2006 at Figali

Bands & Music It's confirmed. Hilary Duff will appear for the first time in Panama on Tuesday, 23 May 2006 at the Figali Convention Center. Only 19 years old, Hilary Duff been successful in the world of music, cinema and television as a true pop princess. Duff jumped to fame in 2001 playing a typical adolescent girl in the popular television series Lizzie McGuire. She has also been in several films such as "A Cinderella Story", "Agent Cody Banks", "Cheaper by the Dozen, "Raise Your Voice", "The Perfect Man" and the sequel "Cheaper by the Dozen 2". In 2003 her first CD titled "Metamorphosis" reached first place on Billboard. Her songs include "Under Yesterday" "It eats Clean" and "Wake Up". More recently her simple "The beat of my Heart" hold first place many local radio stations. She has won awards such as the Kids Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Young Artist Award. Duff recently made donations to the funds destined for the victims by Hurricane Katrina and is a spokeswoman of the organization "Kids with a Cause" dedicated to helping young affected by the poverty. The tickets for this super production of Showpro will be on sale soon in the Video Avenue on Via Espana through Ticketplus.
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Concerts hosted by Embassy of Canada in Panama

Bands & Music The Canadian Embassy in Panama will be hosing two Canadian musicians who will be playing in Panama in March. On Friday, 17 March 2006, Ron Korb (www.ronkorb.com) will be playing at the Theatro Balboa. On Saturday, 18 March 2006 Ron will be playing at the Catholic Church (San Juan Bautista) in Boquete. See the poster below for additional information with regards to locations, times, and ticket prices. Then on Thursday, 25 March 2006, Jeff Straker (www.jeffstraker.com) will be playing a free concert at the Theatro Balboa. On Saturday, 25 March 2006, Jeff will be playing another free concert at the Catholic Church in Boquete (San Juan Bautista). The Canadian Embassy will probably be hosting a reception for Canadians either before or after the concert in Boquete - details will follow once times and locations are firmed up.

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Concerts in Panama City and Boquete

Bands & MusicThe Canadian Embassy in Panama will be hosting 2 Canadian Artists in March: Jeff Straker and Ron Korb.

Jeff Straker - www.jeffstraker.com
March 23, 2006 - 8:00pm at Teatro Balboa in Panama City.
March 25, 2006 - 8:00pm at Iglesia San Juan Bautista in Boquete.
Both of these concerts are Free - No tickets needed, just show up before 8:00pm.

Ron Korb - www.ronkorb.com
March 17, 2006 - 8:00pm at Teatro Balboa in Panama City. Tickets are $10.00 each.
March 18, 2006 - 8:00pm at Iglesia San Juan Bautista in Boquete. Tickets are $10.00.
Please see the website for more details.

For more information on either of these artists or on the concerts, please contact the Embassy of Canada in Panama - www.panama.gc.ca.

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The 2006 Panama Jazz Festival - By Mark Sabbatini

Bands & MusicMost festivals, especially new ones, make maximum use of their big-name talent to lure crowds. But for Danilo Perez. this year's test for his labor of love was standing it on its own two legs. The Panama native and favorite son scarcely played a note during the third annual Panama Jazz Festival from Feb. 19-21, in contrast to his full-length concerts many considered the highlight of the first two years. The pianist and founder of the festival appeared for less than 30 minutes during an all-star big band finale where the biggest contributions came from other players, save that he wrote the featured composition. Perez, now living in Boston, has spent years trying to revive a jazz identity in a country pulled in so many directions by outside cultural influences that its past is largely undocumented. There's also the stigma of notable political issues that have given the country a negative image in much of the world. But with a cultural identity now showing signs of development, Perez said he wants audiences appreciating other established musicians and a growing roster of in-country talent.
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Music in Panama . . . Manuel Escala

Bands & Music (By Leon Kadoch) Again, last night I decided to go out for a while and relax myself off work. Sometimes you spend ten, twelve, or fourteen hours in front of your computer screen and that was yesterday’s case… I needed to go out and so I did. I went to my usual spot, El Panama, just to find out that Manuel Escala was presenting his Video. I remember weeks ago I went there and we saw the Making of the Video happening in front of our eyes. Last night he did his rehearsal way better than the first time. Superior. This guy has a bright future in music. Even tho he sounds like a Panamanian Carlos Vives with soft hair. But he’s got what it’s needed. That’s not the kind of music I enjoy most. I am more like a Rock n Roll Fan. But as a musician *yes, I do play guitar* I have to admit this guy is good…hopefully someday he can make millions. . . I think that’s his idea.
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Third Annual Panama Jazz Festival Set For January 19-21, 2006

Bands & Music Festival founder and artistic director Danilo Prez is proud to announce the third annual Panama Jazz Festival, scheduled for January 19 -21, 2006. Having grown in stature each year, the 2006 three day event will feature the Randy Weston African Group, the David Sanchez Group, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group featuring Mark Turner, the New England Conservatory Ensemble, the University Panama Big Band, led by Vitin Paz with special guests, Santi Debriano and the Sounds of Ash From the University of Massachusetts, the Carlos Garnett Quartet, the New England Conservatory Ensemble, Mauricio Smith's Tribute Band, Folk Panamanian Musicians among other national and international musicians.
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