PBC cultural group showcases local talent to national tourism marketers

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County put the spotlight the area’s thriving arts and entertainment scene this week by organizing a special performance for a group of more than 650 tourism marketers from across the country.

The U.S. Travel Association held its 2016 Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations, known as ESTO, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. As part of the four-day event, which began on Aug. 27, the council organized the performance to showcase local talent.

The performance included a mashup of big band sounds, cabaret, dance and Latin percussion by local artists who appear around the world.Ballet Palm Beach

“The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County was pleased to produce this performance that shined a light on the unique musical offerings in The Palm Beaches,” said Marilyn Bauer, the group’s director of marketing and government affairs. “Travelers choose The Palm Beaches when planning warm-weather trips based on the outstanding quality of the performing arts here.”

The performance featured vocalist Carole J. Bufford, winner of Nightlife, Bistro and Broadway World Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, featured performer in Michael Feinstein’s “Great American Songbook” series at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, and regular at The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach; Grammy-nominated superstar conguero and master percussionist Sammy Figueroa and his band The Latin Jazz Explosion; and the dancers from Ballet Palm Beach. The Cultural Council also assembled an orchestra of legendary local performers including world-renowned saxophonist John Michalak, master trumpeter Cisco Dimas and others, branding them “The Palm Beach All-Stars.”

To view the performance, click here.

The cultural council organized a similar performance at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which was held in Boca Raton. The surprise performance featured Vanilla Ice, the Palm Beach Symphony and Ballet Palm Beach. 

The show earned the cultural council American Business Association’s “Stevie” Award for Best PR Event.

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