More and more celebrities are adding their name to the list of entertainers that will gather to celebrate Latino culture on the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Following a three-day series of lectures reflecting on Latino issues around the country, actress Eva Longoria will host the star-studded event, “Latino Inaugural 2013: In performance at the Kennedy Center.” The lineup includes Antonio Banderas, George Lopez, Jose Feliciano, Rosario Dawson among others.
“Icons like Rita Moreno and Marc Anthony are also here to expressly acknowledge the importance of the moment,” says Andres Lopez, one of the event’s organizers and co-chair of the Futuro fund, one of he leading organizations mobilizing Latino voters to the polls and a supporter of President Obama.
“With their breakthrough and historic performance at the polls, Latinos rightfully earned a permanent seat at the table, and that is what we are celebrating tonight,” says Lopez.
The event will be held in two of The Kennedy Center’s largest theaters, at no charge, where they will host performances by the Ballet Hispanico and the Aztec Youth Orchestra. This comes weeks after the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts criticized the center for their lack of Latino honorees.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the keynote speaker during the Democratic National convention is expected to be a speaker at the event. President Obama has been invited to attend.