Anthony to Headline Mexico’s International Salsa Festival with Ruben Blades

Marc Anthony will join Ruben Blades in giving the people of Veracruz plenty of reason to salsa…

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer and 64-year-old Panamanian singer will headline a salsa festival next month in the Mexican state, according to organizers.

Marc Anthony

The third edition of the International Salsa Festival is considered a must-attend function for fans of the musical genre, Anselmo Estandia – mayor of the city of Boca del Rio, where the event will be held – told Efe.

Roughly 150,000 people are expected to turn up for the series of free concerts from May 16-19.

“We’re bringing artists of the highest level, some of whom have already participated in past editions and remain very interested in participating … due to the large turnout of thousands of people,” said Estandia.

In addition to Anthony and Blades, Oscar de Leon, Alberto Barros, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Porfi Balboa, N’Klave, Sonora Carruseles, India and Gerry Espinosa are among the artists scheduled to perform at the festival.

According to the mayor, 100,000 people from Mexico, the United States, Canada, Spain and several South American countries attended last year’s edition.

That huge turnout translated into a $48.7 million injection into the local economy.

Although Boca del Rio is “safe,” anti-crime efforts will be bolstered due to the large number of visitors, the mayor said.

Additional state police and Mexican armed forces have been deployed in the Gulf coast state since October 2011 as part of the Safe Veracruz program, with a particular focus on the Veracruz-Boca del Rio metropolitan area.

Federal and state authorities credit that initiative with lowering the level of organized crime-related violence in the region.

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