Cuban-American singer and two-time Lo Nuestro Award nominee —for Tropical/Salsa New Artist and Best Salsa Artist in 2014— Juan Esteban will headline the three-day Festival on Friday, August 12. Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, and a Miami resident since the age of 14, Juan Esteban began his career performing opera and Christian music, but his passion for Afro-Caribbean was too strong and he soon shifted gears. He was chosen to join Puerto Rican flutist Nestor Torres’ project “Nestor Torres y su Charanga” after a rigorous audition, and then debuted at the Kovens Conference Center during a charity concert sponsored by the Conservatory of Music of Miami. His first single, “Bum, Bum, Bum” written by Grammy-winning composer Estefano and released in 2012, spent 13 weeks in Billboard’s Tropical Top 10. That single was included in his debut album, “Contemporáneo” (2014); last year, he released “Muévelo” the first single for his soon-to-be-released second album. He has been invited to join the tours of such salsa giants as Victor Manuelle and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
Juan Esteban’s performance Friday night will be preceded by the Chicago International Salsa Congress dancers, Caribe Project, the ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat and Orquesta Charangueo.