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Stamford Comes Out to Dance With Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra

Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra gets the crowd dancing in their seats. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A nice crowd enjoys the music at Columbus Park in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Opening act Pana gets the crowd going Wednesday night in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Opening act Pana gets the crowd going Wednesday night in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The crowd enjoys the outdoor concert at Columbus Park in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Opening act Pana gets the crowd going Wednesday night in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
People watch the concert from a window in a nearby building. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A group sits at a table at one of the many restaurants that line the park area. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Beer is served! Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Faraji family, of Stamford, says they came out to see Tito Puente Jr. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente, Jr. & His Orchestra has the crowd dancing in their seats. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente, Jr. & His Orchestra gets the crowd up and dancing. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra has the crowd on their feet. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente, Jr. & His Orchestra has the crowd grooving Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente Jr. on the drums. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra headlines at Jazz-Up July Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra headlines at the Stamford concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

STAMFORD, Conn. — A big crowd turned out Wednesday night to Columbus Park for Stamford's Jazz-Up July concert music series, which runs through the summer.

The threat of rain may have kept some home, but the weather held out. The large crowd that filled the area danced the night away to the Latin sounds of Tito Puente Jr. and His Orchestra.

The evening's opening act was Stamford band Pana, who got the crowd warmed up with a strong set.

Goli Faraji, of Stamford, attended the show with her husband and two children. She was returning for the second year.

"I think it's awesome," she said, "it's great. I think it's really nice that Stamford offers this. I don't think any other town around does. We like any kind of live music. We do like Tito Puente Jr., we've seen him before, so it should be fun."

Motts Pelazza, of Stamford, the MC and announcer for all the Live@Five events, said response to the shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays - which have been taking place for at least 15 years - has been great.

"The turnouts have been really good," Pelazza said. "We've been really fortunate with the first three shows with the weather, so I would tell everyone - get here early, and get ready for a great show.

"I see a lot of diversity in the crowd," he added. "Young people, older people, families. ... I've got my 6-and-a-half-year old grandson here. So he's getting exposed to music he may never get to hear.

"That's the great thing about it - and it's presented here, in downtown Stamford, every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. It's a great thing."

For info on the music series, go to www.stamford-downtown.com.

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