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Information updated December 2009

May 4, 2010
  • Santiago and its "typical music"
  • Travel to the DR picking up
  • World Jazz Circuit - Latin America 2010
  • Vote for the Malecon
Santiago and its "typical music"
Santo Domingo and Punta Cana may have their Hard Rock Cafes and large venues for foreign artists from the world over, but Santiago crowds prefer their "typical music" halls. In the past these were thatched roof venues, but today increasing demand for the fast-paced music dance halls has attracted investors who have built air-conditioned palaces with capacity for crowds of more than 1,000, while trying to preserve their country-like feel.
Check out Monte Bar, Rancho Tipico Las Colinas, Andy Ranch, Las Vegas and the Casino in Villa Gonzalez where this traditional music is kept alive. Admission ranges from RD$200 to RD$600 depending on the featured band.
Travel to the DR picking up
Travel to the DR was up 13% in March compared to the same month last year. And it's the Americans who are coming: 60% of foreigners are coming from the US. Through March, 33,777 more US tourists visited, compared to the first three months last year. This is more significant because the US is still recovering from the financial crisis.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says he is proud that travel to the DR has been up over every month since September, reflecting a recovery from 2009 numbers that had leveled out on those of 2008. Javier Garcia says statistics show a 3.5% growth so far this year. The Minister added that these figures show that the DR is consolidating itself as a preferred destination for travelers from the Caribbean and also from Latin America.
World Jazz Circuit - Latin America 2010
Five major concerts by famous jazz musicians will hit the Dominican Republic this year. The World Jazz Circuit--Latin America 2010 is an extraordinary event that features a series of five jazz concerts of the highest caliber, taking place in Latin America for the first time with world-class musicians playing at several venues in the region.
The Dominican Republic leg of the Circuit is being organized by Jazz en Dominicana and sponsored by the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Santo Domingo.
The reason for choosing Santo Domingo as the launch venue is that the city has been named American Capital of Culture 2010.
The event is organized by Artemedios S.A. and Construction Musik.
The concerts will be held at the Salon Ambar of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino off the Mirador Sur Park.
The concerts are scheduled as follows:
26 May: Alex Acuna and John Patitucci Trio (with Edward Simon).
July: Peter Erskine Trio.
September: Frank Gambale Natural High (with Ruiz Alain Caron & Otmaro).
January 2011: Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers & Scott Henderson November Trilok Gurtu Band.
For more on upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar
Vote for the Malecon
The Malecon is a contender for one of seven distinctions as Treasure of the Material Cultural Heritage of Santo Domingo. The International Bureau of Capitals of Culture is organizing a contest that features 27 candidates for the treasure, most of which are Colonial City monuments. The city's emblematic seafront boulevard was inaugurated on 23 February 1936 and extended several times to reach the westernmost side of Santo Domingo.
The Malecon is the setting for the Santo Domingo carnival in March, the Merengue Festival in July and Christmas and New Year eve celebrations at the end of the year.
It is also the scene of a range of historical sites, from colonial era monuments to one marking the payment of the foreign debt, to another that honors Fray Anton de Montesinos, an early precursor of human rights in the Americas, and another that honors the men who executed dictator Trujillo in 1961.
Several landmark restaurants, such as Vesuvio, which introduced Italian food to Dominicans, and Adrian Tropical, line the avenue.
It also has the Supreme Court of Justice, the Center of the Heroes with many buildings by Guillermo Gonzalez, considered the father of architecture in the DR. The Loyola School, originally the Pavilion of Spain in the World Fair of 1955, was built by Javier Barroso, the architect who rebuilt the Columbus Alcazar. Others are the Ministry of Foreign Relations, built by the famous Antonin Nechodoma and Dominican Jose Caro Alvarez.
Today, inadequate lighting and safety problems affect the Malecon and it has largely fallen into neglect and disrepair. A vote to distinguish the boulevard as one of the city's main treasures would bring it back to everyone's attention.
Vote today and get your friends to vote for the Malecon at www.cac-acc.org/vota.php
To read more about the Malecon, see http://dr1.com/travelnews/MaleconEn.html or in Spanish, see http://dr1.com/travelnews/MaleconSp.html

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