Program
Friday
30 August

These acts have been confirmed. The timetable will be published soon.

Pitbull

From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, a.k.a. Pitbull, was born to Cuban parents and rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream, achieving international success as an award-winning global superstar, business entrepreneur, education ambassador and motivational speaker. In 2004, Pitbull released his first album M.I.A.M.I., which featured Lil Jon on five of 16 tracks. To date, he has released 10 full-length albums, including Global Warming, Globalization and his most recent, Climate Change. His second Spanish-language album and ninth overall, Dale, received the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Pitbull has landed #1 hits in over 15 countries, sold over 80 million singles, has more than 84 million Facebook/Twitter/Instagram followers and over 13 billion views on YouTube. Focused on turning negatives into positives, Pitbull also serves as ambassador to the Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!) schools he has helped to establish in several U.S cities, including the Little Havana neighborhood where he grew up in Miami.

 

Kenny G

With global sales totaling more than 75 million records, saxophonist Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental artist of all time. Growing up as Kenny Gorelick in Seattle's Seward Park neighborhood, he came into contact with the saxophone when he heard a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show and started playing at age 10. Gorelick started professionally with Barry White‘s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976, recorded with Seattle-based funk group Cold, Bold & Together and worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion before embarking on a solo career. His fourth album Duotones, which featured the hit Songbird, made him into a star and in demand for guest appearances on recordings of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. His sixth studio album, 1992’s Breathless, went on to become the best-selling instrumental album ever; two years later, his album Miracles became the best-selling Christmas album ever. Gorelick continues to tour all over the world; his latest album, Brazilian Nights, was released in 2015.

Maxwell

Singer-songwriter Maxwell was instrumental in bringing the neo-soul movement to prominence over the latter half of the 90s, creating a whole new genre together with fellow artists such as Fugees and Erykah Badu. After making a name for himself on the New York club scene, Maxwell signed a recording contract and debuted with the 1996 album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, with which he scored his first Grammy nomination – with many more to follow. Maxwell garnered rave reviews from the onset: Vice magazine dubbed him ‘the next Prince’, while The Washington Post called him ‘the Marvin Gaye of the 90s’. After three albums and a seven-year hiatus, he released 2009’s BLACKsummers'night; the first installment of a trilogy of which the second part, blackSUMMERS'night, was released in 2016.

Michael McDonald

The man with one of the most recognizable voices in the world is coming to the island! Michael McDonald’s soulful sound stands out anywhere; whether it be on his solo hits, those with his two famous bands or as a session musician. McDonald grew up in Missouri, playing in local bands before he moved out to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. In 1974 he became a member of Steely Dan and after that joined the Doobie Brothers. As a singer, keyboardist, and composer he contributed to such classic hits as Takin’ It To The Streets, It Keeps You Runnin’, and What A Fool Believes. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career knew successes like Sweet Freedom and two legendary duets: On My Own with Patti LaBelle and Yah Mo B There with James Ingram. McDonald’s distinct vocal style made him one of the most sought-after session musicians, contributing to records by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Toto. He has five Grammys to his name; his latest album Wide Open was released in 2017.