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Mayor Walsh Announces Salsa Star David Pabon to Headline Caliente! 2016

July 13, 2016

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

BOSTON - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment today announced the lineup for Caliente! 2016, the free concert taking place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at City Hall Plaza.

Headlining the event will be salsa star David Pabon. Pabon was born in Puerto Rico, and has been making Salsa hits since 1989. His musical style is a blend of pop, rock, reggae and salsa. Pabon is best known for the songs "Aquel Viejo Motel," "Es De Verdad" and "Y Nos Amamos."  

"Caliente! is a great cultural event for our City," said Mayor Walsh. "Bringing an internationally acclaimed artist like David Pabon to City Hall Plaza will draw residents and visitors together to celebrate Latin culture, and summer in Boston."

2016 will mark the ninth year for Caliente!, one of the biggest Latin American Music & Cultural Celebrations in New England.

Opening for David Pabon will be local group Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project. Zahili Gonzalez Zamora is an accomplished jazz fusion pianist originally hailing from Cuba, and currently studying at Berklee College of Music. For more information on Zahili please visit her website.

About the Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment: The Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment is committed to producing fun, free public events for Bostonians and visitors to the city, and is proud to collaborate with Metro Boston and Telemundo Boston as our media partners for Caliente! 2016.   

For further information please call 617-635-3911, visit Boston's visitor center, visit @VisitBoston on Twitter, or Boston City Tourism on Facebook. City Hall Plaza is accessible by MBTA via Haymarket (Orange and Green), State Street (Orange and Blue), or Park Street (Green and Red).


About David Pabon: David Pabon was born on June 20, 1964 on the island of Vieques, east of Puerto Rico . He successfully began his solo career with the song that is now considered a Salsa classic, the worldwide known song "Aquel Viejo Motel." This hit song, recorded in 1989, topped all the charts for several weeks, playing in all Latin radio stations. Thanks to the success of this eclectic production "Es De Verdad" ("For Real"), mixing elements of rock, pop, reggae into his salsa beat, in 1990 he obtained the Latin Grammy Awards "Billboard Award" as "Revelation Star," "Singer of the Year" and "Record Cover of the Year."    

Starting his series of concert tours, he visited almost all municipalities in Puerto Rico and soon found himself successfully traveling to countries like: Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Santo Domingo, Ecuador, Costa Rica, along with several cities in the United States, appearing at events and important places like Madison Square Garden in New York, The Poliedro of Caracas, Salon Atlapa and Panama's Carnival, The Home Fair in Lima, Peru, among others, alternating with great stars of the genre such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Oscar D' Leon, El Gran Combo, Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades and many more.  

His musical albums recorded in this great era, known as "Salsa Romantica or Sensual" are "Es de Verdad" 1989, "Renacimiento" 1990, "En La Brega" 1991, "Por Instinto" 1992. On these recordings are included international hits like "Cara Dura" " Aquel Viejo Motel" "Vuelve A Mi," "Ahora Tengo Ganas," "Ya No Eres Tu" " Y Nos Amamos," " Como Lo Haces Conmigo "Por Instinto" and "Perdoname ."  


In 1994 David decided to make a stop to his recording career and relocated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2000 he reentered the recording business and accepted  an offer from Codiscos Record Company of Colombia, to produce a new CD album entitled "Mejor Que Ayer" "Better Than Yesterday." The first promotional single theme song of this album, was song "Si Me Ves Llorar." It placed, once more, David Pabon and his powerful voice, number one on all the charts that included, Puerto Rico, Colombia,Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama , which re- boosted his performing agenda. Following this success, there were more productions that followed: "Por Naturaleza" 2003, Desde Hoy" 2005, counting among them hits such as "Naturaleza,"  "Imaginame Sin Ti," "Pobre De El," "Extraños ," " La Mujer Que Me Domina" and " Digale."  

 In 2005 Pabon recorded a "Live Concert" in the city of Medellin, Colombia, entitled "Trilogy Of The Salsa " in which he shares with his friends Maelo Ruiz and Diego Gale.   

Pabon is currently preparing the production and recording of his new musical endeavor to celebrate his 30th year of his artistic career.