In the mid 80s, Luis González scored one of the most inspiring and career transforming gigs, touring and recording with one of his heroes, legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto (renowned by the masses for his 60s hit
The Puerto Rican born, Milwaukee WI raised trumpeter was flattered when he heard Barretto tell a large TV audience that members of his large ensemble would someday become bandleaders and solo artists in their own right.
A few decades later, after an extraordinary career working with some of his native island’s greatest artists (Tito Allen, Santitos Colon, Adalberto Santiago, Jerry Rivera) and the world-renowned salsa orchestras of Willie Rosario, Mulenze, Luis Perico Ortiz and Tommy Olivencia, González fulfilled Barretto’s powerful prophecy by launching his career as a recording artist.
After years of playing NYC, throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. and touring Europe as part of prominent salsa bands, González has finally stretched his creative muscles as a prominent bandleader in his own right.
Since making its Stateside debut as part of a competition at South of Congress, a prominent several day festival in Chicago, the Luis González Orchestra has performed regularly at many prominent Puerto Rico based festivals (including ones in Mayaguez and the Carnaval de Ponce) as well as prominent San Juan hotels (Marriott, Sheraton) and venues like the Latin Roots Club of San Juan.
In support of El Tsunami de La Salsa, the group will be touring in 2015 in South America (Columbia), Central America (Panama), perform in Mexico City and do select dates on the West Coast.
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