Documentary on Augie Nieto to Open in LA and New York in November

Augie Nieto’s inspirational story is headed to the big screen…

Following up his Oscar nominated documentary chronicling the late Glen Campbell’s fight against Alzheimers Disease, director James Keach tackles the inspirational story of the Latino fitness guru who is often called “the Steve Jobs of the fitness industry.”

Augie Nieto

Nieto is the founder and retired chief executive of Life Fitness, as well as the current chairman of the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

At age 47, Nieto was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease.

He’s noted for fighting against ALS by creating “Augie’s Quest“, which has raised over $45 million in funds for research into the disease.

The film Keach made is being hailed as a love story between Nieto and his wife Lynne, who are active in the battle against the devastating condition that has taken so many lives.

The remarkable documentary shows it doesn’t have to be a death sentence, especially when you have the fighting spirit of Augie and Lynne involved.

The film will open on November 3 in Los Angeles and November 17 in New York in an Oscar qualifying run.

Manuelle Gearing Up for 20-City U.S. Tour

Victor Manuelle is hitting the road…

Following a string of smash singles on Billboard’s airplay charts, the 46-year-old Puerto Rican salsa star is gearing up for what could very well be his most extensive U.S. tour in recent history.

Victor Manuelle

Manuelle’s Que Suenen Los Tambores tour, named after his most recent album and single (which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart), kicks off on August 25 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. From there, he’ll play a total of 20 dates, ending in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on November 28. Tickets go on sale Friday, at 10:00 am ET.

Manuelle’s nearly 20-year career has been marked by innovation and risk. He’s recorded pop and at one point recorded independently. Most recently, on the album Que Suenen los Tambores, he included a track dedicated to his father, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Through it all, Manuelle has remained a constant on the charts. Earlier this year, his single “Agua Bendita” became his 25th No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart, tying him with Marc Anthony for the most No. 1s on the chart.

For the chart dated August 8, his new single “No Queria Enganarte” arrived at No. 9, giving him his 60th charting hit and extending his record as the act with the most hits on the chart in its 21-year history (Anthony follows with 50). The entrance of the latest single marks Manuelle’s 49th top 10 — also furthering his lead for most top 10s.

In addition to the album track, a pop/ballad version featuring singer Raquel Sofia, is expected to be released on August 14.

Manuelle’s tour will serve as a retrospective of his No. 1s, those close to him told Billboard. He will be touring with his full salsa band (who also accompanied during his Billboard en Vivo performance in April) and new production.

Que Suenen Los Tambores U.S. tour dates:

Aug. 29 – CHICAGO, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Oct. 9 – NEWARK, NJ – NJ Performing Arts Center
Oct. 10 – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Tropicana Casino & Resort
Oct. 11 – BOSTON, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 16 – ORLANDO, FL – Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios
Oct. 17 – HOLLYWOOD, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hotel & Casino
Oct. 18 – ATLANTA, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Oct. 22 – CHARLOTTE, NC – The Fillmore
Oct. 23 – RALEIGH, NC – The Ritz
Oct. 24 – JACKSONVILLE, FL
Nov. 5 – COLUMBUS, OH – The Palace Theater
Nov. 6 –  ROCHESTER, NY – Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 7 – MASHANTUCKET, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
Nov. 14 – SAN JUAN, PR – Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
Nov. 20 – HOUSTON, TX – Bayou Music Center
Nov. 21– SAN ANTONIO, TX – Aztec Theater
Nov. 22 – DALLAS, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 25 – SAN DIEGO, CA – Balboa Theatre
Nov. 27 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Warfield Theater
Nov. 28 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Microsoft Theater

Manuelle Releases Moving Video for His Latest Single, “Algo le pasa a mi héroe,”

It’s a bittersweet Father’s Day for Victor Manuelle

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer has released the official music video for “Algo le pasa a mi héroe,” which he wrote and recorded not only as an homage to his father, but also to raise awareness about the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease both on patients and caretakers.

Victor Manuelle

A few years ago, Manuelle’s dad, Victor Ruiz, was diagnosed with Alzheiemer’s. The hardship and brutal reality of the disease was beautifully personalized in the new song, “Algo le pasa a mi héroe.”

Manuelle filmed a moving video, starring Puerto Rican actor Jacobo Morales, that shows the day to day life and times of an Alzheimer’s patient. For maximum effect, he partnered with Puerto Rico’s Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association for a campaign titled: “They forget, but you shouldn’t.”

For the single’s release last March, Manuelle stood at a street corner in San Juan and personally distributed 50,000 copies of the song to cars and passers-by.

“Everywhere I went, I found someone affected by this disease,” says Manuelle. “We wanted to take the message to the world. I really didn’t know what was going to happen, but the support has been overwhelming.”