Orlando Shooting Rocks The Latin Music Community
The fatal Orlando shooting that left 50 dead in what President Barack Obama deemed "an act of terror" took place on Latin night at the Pulse nightclub on Saturday (June 11). While investigations do not suggest that the crime was directed at the Hispanic community, which makes up more than one fourth of the city's population, the Latino music circuit says it has been deeply affected in the aftermath of the massacre.
Aside from the frequent Latin programming at Pulse, the House of Blues Orlando produces approximately 20-25 Latin events per year according to Carlos Orjuela, Live Nation's national Latin Talent Buyer. "That doesn't even count the big shows we do at Amway Arena with acts like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony or the upcoming show with Pitbull, Prince Royce and Farruko. So what happened certainly affects us," he told Billboard.
Urbana 92.7 Program Director DJ Candy Boy agrees, noting that security measures should be tightened in light of what occurred at Pulse. "This wasn't about this being a gay club or Latin night," he said although he is aware that a stigma toward the Latino community exists. "What this calls into question is the security of the venue. And I believe security should be heightened, regardless of genre."
Live Nation called an emergency meeting following the shooting and is currently determining an approach to security moving forward. "Our main priority is security. We want our patrons to be able to enjoy a show and return home safely," Orjuela said.
A House of Blues show by Dominican groups Illegales and Proyecto Uno is scheduled for Saturday (June 18), but Orjuela has yet to determine if he will cancel or postpone the event.