Sie7e at the 2014 Fiestas Patronales de Peñuelas
If you feel like doing something different the weekend of October the 30th, pack your bags and come to Puerto Rico. The South of the island is already rumbling in preparation for the 2014 Fiestas Patronales de Peñuelas. They have invited 4 performers that have won 10 Grammy Awards in the past years. All this is for free. The performers are:
Sie7e – This performer sang in Peñuelas on 2011, without knowing that he would end up winning a “Best New Artist Award” the same year. His style combines rock, pop and blues with tropical sounds such as salsa, batucada and reggae. His lyrics are full of social awareness, humor, irony and love.
Kany García – With ten (10) nominations and three (3) awards, this professional musician, signer, and songwriter has one of the most most privileged voices in today Puerto Rico. You will be able to listen to her songs, which are sensitive, intelligent, and sometimes irreverent. She will be performing on Saturday, November the 1st. Check out her interesting biography.
Milly Quezada – This Dominican singer is very close to Puerto Ricans, as she married here and became a mom in the island. She has won four (4) awards and is known as the “Queen of Merengue”, which gives you an idea of her talent and stature in the merengue scene. If you are lucky, she will sing one of her most famous songs “Volvió Juanita”. Bring comfortable shoes to dance, since merengue and Milly’s performances are irresistible.
Elvin Crespo – This merengue performer is a winner of 2 awards. His sticky song Suavemente became a sensation in the late 90s. It was the only Spanish song chosen by the astronauts in the 2006 Discovery space mission. His talent and charisma has kept driving crazy his fans decade after decade.
Puerto Rico is a great place to be, especially during this Halloween weekend. Where else can you find 4 award-winner artists performing in a small town… for free???
Peñuelas is a small town located in the South of Puerto Rico and is bordered by Ponce, Adjuntas, Guayanilla, and the Caribbean Sea. It is known as the “Flamboyant Valley” due to the abundance of beautiful trees with red flowers called “flamboyanes”. The view of these trees by the side of roads in the countryside is spectacular and the best time to watch them is Summer.
The Fiesta’s Program of Activities
Thursday, October 30
8:00 p.m Grupo Esencia
9:30 p.m. Los Rufianes
11:00 p.m. Milly Quezada
Friday, October 31, 2014
8:30 p.m. Barreto y su Plena
10:00 p.m. Rucco Gandía de Radio Pirata y Tito Auger de Fiel a la VEga
11:30 p.m. Sie7e
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
8:30 p.m. Hermanos Sanabria
10:00 p.m. Kany García
11:30 p.m. Elvis Crespo
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
3:00 p.m. Talleres de Arte Alas Amarillas, Pasos Peñolanos
6:00 p.m. Banda de Concierto de Puerto Rico, with guiro musicians from Peñuelas
7:30 p.m. Grupo Karis
9:30 p.m. Joseph Fonseca
Enjoy the Simplicity of a Small Town
There are not many hotels in Peñuelas (at least they don’t advertise), but that simplicity is part of the town’s charm. The most impressive activities in Peñuelas are nature-oriented and eco-touristic. They include the Guilarte State Forest, the Convento Caverns, the Sopladera Pond, and Finca Guaraguao (an eco-tourism entertainment area).
Why not vegetating for just one weekend?
However, we are guessing that since you are escaping to Peñuelas for a weekend, you won’t have time to do a lot of nature and eco-touristic activities. That is why we recommend you to vegetate a little, and have a relaxed weekend that combines your musical desires with some sight seeing in Ponce. Although you need to see at least Charco Soplaera in Peñuelas. We suggest that you arrive to Ponce on Friday (unless you decide to take one-day off f to arrive on Thursday and watch Millie Quezada). As soon as you check in your hotel, run to Peñuelas to watch Sie7e. On Saturday, go to Ponce‘s historic district for sightseeing, then go to the Ponce Museum of Art. At night, go to Peñuelas to watch Kany García and Elvis Crespo. On Sunday, enjoy Peñuela’s nature by going to Charco de la Soplaera, charge your batteries because soon you will have to return home.
Check this 360-degree view of Charco de la Soplaera
If you have spare time in Peñuelas you can see other attractions:
- Evangelical Church
- The Chimney ( remains of a former sugar economy)
- Spanish Cannon – located on the Fire House
- San José Catholic Church
- The Locomotive
- Monument to Pedro Albizu Campos
- Monument to Angel Pacheco Alvarado
- Monument to Holy Christ, the Healer
- Monument to the Unknown Soldier
Places to Stay
Cabañas El Rucio, Peñuelas
Hacienda Villa Flor, Peñuelas
Quality Inn, El Tuque (Ponce)
Holiday Inn Ponce and Tropical Casino
Hotel Bélgica, Ponce
Hotel Meliá de Ponce
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Howard Johnson, Ponce