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Salsa music pioneer Johnny Vega

Two men at a table in a radio talk studio: The man at left has a white mustache and is wearing a white hat with a black brim and a black and beige flowered button-down shirt; the man at right has short grey hair and is wearing glasses and a black hoodie.
Evan Dawson
Johnny Vega and Hector Arguinzoni on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Salsa music pioneer Johnny Vega is back on Connections.

Vega will be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame next month. The Puerto Rican native has lived in Rochester since 1970, but he and his music have traveled the globe.

This hour, we talk with Vega about his life, his work, and we listen to some of his music.

Our guests:

  • Johnny Vega, international recording artist and salsa music pioneer
  • Hector Arguinzoni, member of Vega’s band and leader in the Rochester Puerto Rican community
  • Dresden Engle, public relations director for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.