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José Feliciano Kicks off the Romanza Festivale of The Arts

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José Feliciano kicked off the Romanza Festivale

Legendary Spanish Guitarist and singer, José Feliciano kicked off the Romanza Festivale last Friday night at the St Augustine Amphitheater. Recognized as one of the first Latin artists to cross over into American music, Feliciano, with his unique style of music, opened the doors for many other Latin artists.

Thousands came together to enjoy this true virtuoso last Friday night. Feliciano’s guitar playing was stellar, playing all genres of music from his impeccable Spanish guitar solo to rock and roll. With 60 albums to his credit, 17 Grammy nominations, 9 Grammy Awards and the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, Jose does things on the guitar that seem almost impossible and if you hadn’t seen him live, many wouldn’t have believed his music was being played on one guitar.

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Albert and Pat Syeles, promoter of the Romanza Festival enjoy the evening.

Albert and Pat Syeles, promoter of the Romanza Festivale had been talking to Feliciano for a while. “We were looking for a Hispanic artist to celebrate the 450th.” said Syeles. “We are so fortunate José wanted to come back to St Augustine.”

As the audience sat back on the Spring evening enjoying Feliciano’s stories and quick wit, the outstanding guitarists and solo artist sang and spoke eloquently to the audience in both Spanish and English. He shared his hope for the future and disappointment of racial divide of today. “I am glad I am blind because color never meant s**t to me,” exclaimed Feliciano.

The sound of his guitar and emotional voice pierced every soul listening. His rendition of “California Dreaming” and “Light My Fire” had the audience singing right along with him. The Latin rhythm had couples dancing salsa in the aisles and it was apparent that the couple dancing in front of the stage were living a dream come true.

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Rhythm was the theme of the night.

It is not only the Latin-American community who admires and loves this talented artist, his extraordinary voice and outstanding skills as a guitarists have thrilled those around the world for over 50 years.

As he finished his set he sent a message of faith and peace to the audience. “Please pray for me. I need those prayers,” he said.  “It is my hope that peace will come to all races that live in the USA. Pray for peace!” With a bow, Feliciano turned and left the stage, sending the message of peace to audiences around the world.

Gracias to the Romanza Festivale and The St Augustine Amptheatre for bringing such a talent to St Augustine.The Romanza Festivale will be going on through May 17. This celebration of art and music features more than 60 events and exhibits helping to kick off St Augustine’s anniversary year.

To Learn More: Romanza Festivale Web

To See More: JOSE FELICIANO PHOTO GALLERY

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