The Florida Marlins announced today eight additional Baker Concrete Super Saturdays at Sun Life Stadium. Following an electric performance from international superstar Pitbull on April 2nd, the Super Saturday lineup continues with Puerto Rico’s Latin Grammy Award-winning salsa music orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico on April 23. Additional Super Saturday acts confirmed to perform include: T-Pain with special guest Jay Sean, The Beach Boys, The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute, Ludacris, Cirque Dreams, Fuego with Los Hermanos Rosario, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Chino y Nacho with R.K.M y Ken-Y.
For the fifth consecutive season, each of the 11 Saturday home games are designated as a Super Saturday, consisting of a post-game concert/show featuring internationally acclaimed recording artists, pregame activities at the Strike Zone for the entire family, and amazing fan giveaways. The concert /show and all other activities are free with each ticket purchased for the Marlins game that night; however, fans can enhance their “Super Saturday” experience by purchasing $25 VIP “Pit Passes” which provide on-the-field access for the post-game concert/show. In addition, the Marlins are featuring a special 16-game Super Saturday ticket plan, which includes discounted pricing on tickets to the 10 remaining Super Saturdays, plus Closing Day (Sept. 28) and five additional games.
Baker Concrete Super Saturdays will feature pregame parties at The Strike Zone at Gate H including:
•Celebrity, player and alumni autograph sessions
•Appearances from Billy The Marlin, Lil’ Billy, the Mermaids and Manatees
•Special prizes and live TV/radio broadcasts
•Interactive giveaways for fans on specific Saturdays (full giveaways schedule available at marlins.com)
The 2011 Baker Concrete Super Saturdays lineup will include performances by the following artists:
April 23 – 7:10PM – El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
Led by pianist and musical director, Rafael Ithier, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest salsa music orchestras. As far as his musical perspective, Rafael Ithier articulated a different rhythmic offering to that of Cortijo y su Combo, incorporating other danceable genres to the group’s repertoire, such as danzones, guarachas, boleros and pasodobles. Founded in May 26, 1962, El Gran Combo takes up an important space in the Puerto Rican and Antillean popular songbook, standing out as one of the few musical institutions to actually embody the social and historical development of our modern melody, powerfully transiting through the interpretation of rhythms like Bomba, Guaracha, Merengue, Boogaloo, Jala-jala, Bolero, Tango and, of course, Salsa. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece Latin Grammy Award-winning group continues to inspire dancers with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. Their 1984 album titled Breaking the Ice led to their first Grammy nomination. In 2002, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico celebrated their 40th anniversary with two sold-out concerts at the Ruben Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. This celebration spawned a renowned album that was recognized as one of the best of the year. A year later, they received a Grammy for Best Tropical Album. Among other musicians, they are one of the “enduring superstars of the island.”
May 7 – 7:10PM – T-Pain with special guest Jay Sean
Known for his catchy soulful auto-tuned vocals, this Tallahassee native known as T-Pain, short for “Tallahassee Pain” made his debut in 2005 with two big hit singles “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv” on his first album Rappa Ternt Sanga. Releasing two more albums (Epiphany and Thr33 Ringz) and currently working on upcoming fourth album RevolveR, the singer-songwriter artist continued topping the charts with successful singles and collaborations. In 2007, he followed up in his sophomore album releasing another set of hits such as “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” featuring Yung Joc and “Bartender.” With more success and guest appearances on his third album, Thr33 Ringz reached number four on the Billboard 200 with chart topping singles like “Can’t Believe It” featuring Lil Wayne, “Chopped ‘N’ Skrewed” featuring Ludacris and “Freeze” featuring Chris Brown. T-Pain has won two Grammy awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or a Group (“Blame It”) with Jamie Foxx in 2010 and Best Rap Song (“Good Life”) with Kanye West in 2008. His latest single features Chris Brown titled, “Best Love Song.”
Signed to international rap star Lil’ Wayne’s record label, Jay Sean is the first male British Asian singer signed to an American record label. Dubbed as “the U.K.’s answer to Ne-Yo” by Touch Magazine, the British artist climbed the airwaves in 2009 on the Billboard Hot 100 replacing the Black Eyed Peas with his smash hit single “Down” featuring Lil’ Wayne, selling more than six million copies worldwide. His hit single from his album All or Nothing, “Do You Remember” featuring Sean Paul and Lil’ Jon, sold more than a million copies in the U.S. Jay Sean is currently working on his new album titled, Freeze Time, with two singles released and reaching the Billboard Hot 100: “2012 (It Ain’t the End)” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Hit the Lights featuring Lil’ Wayne.
May 21 – 4:10PM – The Beach Boys
Rocking all the way from Southern California with vocal melodies reflecting surfing, cars and romance, The Beach Boys were signed to Capital Records more than five decades ago, gaining popularity across the U.S. in the 1960s. With major hits like “Good Vibrations,” “I Get Around” and “Surfin’ USA” just to name a few, The Beach Boys have been referred to as “America’s Band” by the National Review magazine. The group has had 36 United States Top 40 hits which is the most by an American rock band and 56 Hot 100 hits, including four number-one singles. Rolling Stone magazine listed The Beach Boys at number 12 on their 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” with Pet Sounds being the number 2 on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, the surviving members of The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and Bruce Johnston) are performing in venues and on tours across the globe.
June 4 – 7:10PM – The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute
The most famous Beatles tribute band, California-based group The Fab Four are known for their uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, amazing audiences with their precise attention to the music and talents of The Beatles. Hosted by “Ed Sullivan,” this incredible multimedia stage production includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to The Beatles has amazed audiences all over the world, including Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Canada.
June 11 – 7:10PM – Ludacris
Not only a Grammy Award-winning artist but also a respected award-winning actor, Ludacris, a.k.a. Christopher Bridges, has sold over 12 million albums in the U.S. with his ninth album, Ludaversal, scheduled to be released in 2011. Ludacris’ debut album, Back for the First Time, reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 with hits such as “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy.” His third album Chicken and Beer included his first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Stand Up,” and was followed by the album Red Light District, which also peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
Following Red Light District, Ludacris appeared in his two most notable film roles, starring as Skinny Black in “Hustle and Flow” and as Anthony in the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Crash”, which garnered Ludacris a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Since he has released three additional albums, two of which have hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200. His most recent album release, Battle of the Sexes includes hit singles “How Low” and “My Chick Bad” featuring Nicki Minaj.
July 9 – 7:10PM – Cirque Dreams
Cirque Productions has created and produced more than 13 original unique shows worldwide over the past decade. In 2002, the Cirque Dreams phenomenon began with a show presented under the same title. Cirque Productions is the brainchild of South Florida resident Neil Goldberg’s theatrical imagination and includes touring sensations Cirque Dreams Illumination, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Pandemonia, Cirque Dreams Coobrila, Cirque Ingenieux, and the first show of its kind at sea, Cirque Dreams & Dinner on board the Norwegian EPIC.
Since its inception, more than 20 million people worldwide have experienced a Cirque Dreams brand show in theatres, casinos, theme parks, arenas and on Broadway to rave reviews for Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. Today, Cirque Dreams is a critically acclaimed brand which is recognized globally for its innovation, creativity, quality and value.
July 23 – 7:10PM – Fuego with Los Hermanos Rosario
Urban/tropical artist Miguel Duran, better known as FUEGO, recently released his long-awaited album, La Música del Futuro. The hit single “Que Buena Tu Ta” song is a fusion of “Urban Mambo” with a touch of Indian featuring Deevani, who’s known for her Hindi vocals in songs with Daddy Yankee, Tito “El Bambino” and Beenie Man. FUEGO’s summer hit, “Super Estrella” features Omega and continues to rise in the popularity charts. Also, his latest song, “Mi Alma Se Muere” featuring Pitbull and Omega has received close to two million visits on his YouTube page. Fuego has worked with major artists like Don Omar, Rick Ross, Omega, Serani and Pitbull.
Dominican merengue group Los Hermanos Rosario originally consisted of brothers Toño, Pepe, Rafa and Luis Rosario. Since childhood, the brothers created music even with self-made instruments such as bottle caps, plastic containers, pots and pans. They formed in the Dominican Republic city of Higuey in May 1978. The 14-piece orchestra has had a series of very successful albums among those are “Los Hermanos Rosario, 1983,” “Bomba Mi Hermano, 1990 ” “Insuperables, 1991″ “Los Dueños del Swing, 1995″ and “Bomba, 2000.” Although Toño Rosario left the group for his solo career, Pepe, Rafa and Luis Rosario continue to perform and tour across the globe.
August 6 – 7:10PM – Gilberto Santa Rosa
Legendary Gilberto Santa Rosa is part of the select few artists recognized by Billboard Magazine as an artist of the decade. A celebrated musician for more than 30 years, “El Caballero de la Salsa,” is one of the most prominent singers of tropical music. Puerto Rican Santa Rosa developed a unique style of “soneo” (improvisation) in salsa that has gained him success in both “tropical” and “romantic” styles of the music. In the 1980s, Santa Rosa formed his own band and released a number of hits, including “Good Vibration,” “De Amor y Salsa” (Of Love and Salsa), “Punto de Vista” (Point of View), “Vivir Sin Ella” (Living without Her) and “Perspectiva.” In 1990, Santa Rosa was awarded the Billboard Lo Nuestro Award for Best Male Singer. Santa Rosa’s hits continued with the albums “Expresion” and “Romantico.” He released “Viceversa” in 2002 and then a joint live album with Víctor Manuelle, “Dos Soneros, Una Historia,” three years later. In 2006, he released, “Directo Al Corazon”, and in 2007 he released Contraste which received Gold and Platinum certification.
August 13 – 7:10PM – Chino y Nacho with R.K.M y Ken-Y
Chino y Nacho are a Venezuelan reggaeton duo with a romantic, tropical style who made their album debut nationally in 2008 and later scored international chart-topping smash hits with “Mi Niña Bonita” and “Tu Angelito” in 2010. Founded in 2007, the duo is comprised of Chino (born Jesús Alberto Miranda Pérez) and Nacho (born Miguel Ignacio Mendoza). Prior to founding Chino y Nacho, they were members of the Caracas-based tropical boy band Calle Ciega. Following the incredible success of Calle Ciega, Chino y Nacho split from Calle Ciega and made their full-length album debut shortly thereafter with época de Reyes (2008). Showcasing a wide-ranging reggaeton style that is both romantic and tropical, the album was a blockbuster success in Venezuela, spawning the smash hits “Vagabundo de Amor.”
José Nieves (R.K.M) and Kenny Vasquez (Ken-Y), both of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, are a Grammy Award-nominated reggaeton duo. The duo started their music career in high school. R.K.M (formerly known as “Rakim” but changed to avoid confusion with established Hip-Hop artist Rakim) was inspired by the recent explosion of reggaeton music in the 90′s. He encouraged Ken-Y to join him to form a duo. Soon the duo went on to record their music. They have won The Draft, a contest for upcoming Latin artists and the best Latin and Reggae award in 2007. Their success caught the eyes of Raphy Pina, and they were quickly signed to his label and a year later released “Masterpiece.” The album was nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro of 2007. Their first hit single was “Down,” reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in 2006. Although their album went platinum, it sold about 600,000 copies. R.K.M & Ken-Y have worked with artists such as Cruzito, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, José Feliciano, Pitbull, Hector “El Father”, David Bisbal, Chino y Nacho, Hector “El Torito.” They released their latest album, Forever on February 15, 2011.
September 3 – 7:10PM – TBD*
*An official announcement regarding the performer for the final Super Saturday on September 3 will be coming soon.
For more information on Baker Concrete Super Saturdays and to purchase tickets, visit www.Marlins.com/SuperSaturdays or call 1-877-MARLINS.