Award Winning Musicians in Aruba

Three internationally known acts and one local band will perform at this yearå‘s Aruba Music Festival on October 11 å- 12 at the Aruba Entertainment Center.  Performing October 11th is the world famous trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Performing on October 12 is a local Aruban band, Sonic Lab 297 and the Grammy award winning rock band The Doobie Brothers. Tickets are on sale now at Arubaå‘s Web site, or for more information call 1-800-TOå-ARUBA. Ticket prices range from $35 for general admission for each night or $50, which includes tickets plus transportation to and from the concerts.  Travel packages are available through local travel agents.

Arturo Sandoval: Born in Cuba, Sandoval’s sound is a mix of classical, rock and traditional Cuban music. Winner of four Grammys, including the Best Latin Jazz Album in 1995, Sandoval is beloved in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Currently, Sandoval is a professor at Florida International University in Miami. 
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Best known for songs that catapulted Benatar as the image of the female rock star in the 1980’s, such as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “We Belong,” the duo will also perform songs from their new DVD and live concert CD Summer Vacation, which was released this March.
Sonic Lab 297: Founded by Angelo Figueroa, a native of Aruba and son of Oscar Figueroa, a popular Aruban guitarist in the 70’s, the band was formed after Angelo found some of his father’s old tapes and unfinished works. The first CD had three number one hit songs on Aruba’s Top 40, “Zoom, Zoom,”  “Tribulation,” and “Mañana.”
The Doobie Brothers: The band’s blend of folk, rock, country blues, R&B and jazz has sustained a following for three decades with 27 chart singles, 16 top 40 hits and 11 multi-platinum albums.  Along with their classic hits,  “Long Train Running,” “Takin It To The Streets,” and “It Keeps You Running,” The Doobie Brothers will perform music from their 2000 release, Sibling Rivalry.