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World music star Ruben Blades to headline Festival Latino

7/18/2013, 6:14 a.m.
World music star Ruben Blades will head up the entertainment at the 2013 Festival Latino.

World music star Ruben Blades will head up the entertainment at the 2013 Festival Latino.The two-day, family-friendly, free event will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, from 11 am-8 pm each day, in Genoa Park in downtown Columbus.

Blades has recorded landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa as well as Afro-Cuban music touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and other influences from around the world. He has earned 10 Grammy Awards, as well as Emmy, Independent Spirit and American Latin Media Award nominations for his acting. He has been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, the Grammy Recording Academy’s Heroes Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s arts award, and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors’ Founders Award.

A lineup of Ohio-based Latino bands and dance companies will also be featured at this year’s festival. For more information, visit Festivallatino.net.