Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes Set for Nov. 24 Show At Barclays Center in BrooklynAug 6, 2012
CHICAGO/BROOKLYN – Grammy Award-winning artists and Latin pop icons Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes will perform in the first-ever Latin show at the state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m. The show is being produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN).
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. via Barclayscenter.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
“We are proud to have two incredibly gifted musicians, Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes, as our first ever Latin artists at Barclays Center,” said Sean Saadeh, Vice President of Programming for Barclays Center. “Nearly a fifth of Brooklyn’s residents are Hispanic and we are excited for the borough to embrace such a significant show. We will continue to offer a unique blend of entertainment that reflects the diverse tastes within Brooklyn.”
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays Center will be New York’s hottest sports and entertainment hub. Other major events scheduled for the venue’s inauguration include concerts by JAY Z, who is set to open the building on September 28, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, and Justin Bieber.
“It will be a joy to play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and now even more so that I will be on the same stage as our beloved Juanes,” said Guerra. “Music will surround us all that evening.”
Guerra and Juanes are known worldwide for their music as well as their humanitarian efforts. Guerra was recently honored by St. Jude Children’s Hospital for his dedication to helping children in need – both in his native Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America, while Juanes has long served as an advocate for victims of anti-personnel mines in Colombia and other countries through his Mi Sangre Foundation.
Juanes, known for such hits as “Me Enamora” and “La Camisa Negra,” treasures the opportunity to play alongside his Latin American colleague.
“Playing at Barclays Center with Juan Luis Guerra is an honor for me as a musician and as a Latino,” said Juanes, the 18-time Grammy Award winning artist. “I’m excited to be a part of this great fiesta.”
As with all events at Barclays Center, arena staff will work closely with the MTA to coordinate mass transit to and from the arena based on the event and with NYPD and other City agencies to ensure safety and security procedures are strictly followed and enforced.
JUAN LUIS GUERRA
Juan Luis Guerra and his band, 4:40, have sold over 30 million records and won numerous awards including 12 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists in the modern era. Guerra blends the perfect mix of merengue, bolero and Afro-pop/Latin fusion, resulting in universal hits such as “Ojalá Que Llueva Café” (“Wish It Would Rain Coffee”), “Bilirubina” and “El Costo de la Vida” (“The Price of Life”). A remix of his hit “La Llave de Mi Corazon” (“Medicine for My Soul”), with Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, is a testament to his ability to fuse genres. A devout humanitarian, he established The Juan Luis Guerra Foundation in an effort to help children with disabilities and in need. He has supported the World Pediatric Project and has performed in benefit concerts including one for the Haiti earthquake victims. Guerra received Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award in 2005, was named the 2007 Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year and was designated the UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008, lending his support to UNESCO’s action for youth violence prevention.
Colombian-born Juanes became a Latin music phenomenon with the album Un Dia Normal (2002), which was certified platinum in several countries throughout Latin America, while his third album, Mi Sangre, reached international acclaim with the hit single “La Camisa Negra” (“The Black Shirt”). He has since released La Vida… Es Un Ratico (2007) and P.A.R.C.E. (2010). In May 2012, he released “Juanes MTV Unplugged. He has won 17 Latin Grammy Awards, one Grammy Award, and received the BMI President’s Award at the 2010 BMI Latin Awards. Juanes is also known for his humanitarian work, having launched his own Mi Sangre Foundation, to help victims of anti-personnel mines, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for United for Colombia. He performed before the European Parliament in 2006 as part of a campaign to increase awareness of the use of land mines around the world. The Parliament donated € 2.5 million ($3.15m) to demine Colombia and to rehabilitate victims of landmines. He has also received the L’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres – the highest cultural honor given in France – declaring him “Knight in the order of Arts and Letters.”