El Gran Combo and Grupo 5 to open summer season on Sunday

Puerto Rican salsa orchestra El Gran Combo will open the summer season playing on Sunday in the musical event "Veranísimo 2009" and sharing the stage with Grupo 5 and Los Caribeños de Guadalupe. The sky of the Costa Verde beach will be illuminated by 22,400 shooting fireworks.

This family musical event is held for the fifth consecutive year, welcoming the new summer season at the piers of Barranco and Chorrillos.

The popular festival will begin at 3:00 pm (20:00 GMT) with the "Veranísimo Kids", which will be held at the Municipal Park of Barranco, where children and the general public may celebrate the start of the summer.
At 6:30 pm, a passacaglia with compassionate, floats and jugglers, will go through the streets of both districts, from the Avenida Pedro de Osma to the Malecon, where the concert will take place.

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will be the guest of the international "Veranísimo 2009", and is undoubtedly the most successful salsa band in Latin America.

According to Andina news agency, the Puerto Rican salsa group will be accompanied by local salsa and cumbia bands such as the popular Grupo 5 and Los Caribeños de Guadalupe. Actors Ernesto Pimental and Mariela Zanetti will lead the event.