Joe Taino & Friends In Concert Dec. 7

Guitarist Joe Taino & Friends perform at FIRST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Music Series

WESTFIELD — Thousands of area music lovers have enjoyed the popular FIRST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Music Series concerts, presented by TEATRO Si at the Galeria West Art & Music Gallery, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield.

This once a month live concert event continues to bring to you a unique opportunity to enjoy a diversity of music genres as performed by a select series of international artists. On Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., enjoy an evening of Latin jazz, Blues & more with acclaimed guitarist Joe Taino and Friends in concert.

Joe Taino has been recording and performing since 1972. He says that he became interested in music after watching the Beatles’ movie “A Hard Day’s Night,” when he was nine years old and growing up in Puerto Rico. He got his first guitar when he was eleven and says that he started learning “everything he could get his hands on.” His early influences were the Beatles, Elvis, The Monkeys, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Santana, to name a few.

Taino has frequently toured Europe, Japan, Brazil and the Caribbean, and can be seen at the best Blues Clubs as well as the major Blues Festivals. He has also recorded for many commercials including Dial Soap, 7-UP and Schafer Beer. He now plays continuously in the tri-state area and is currently promoting his new CD, “Incognito”, which he has recently released.

FIRST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST concert tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children. Advance tickets and information are available online at (enter First Friday @ Galeria West for event search) or for reservations and more information call the TEATRO Si box office at 908-301-9496. Event proceeds benefit theatrical programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c) 3 New Jersey not for profit corporation.

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