Concert for the Americas

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The Concert for the Americas was a music festival held on August 20, 1982 in the Dominican Republic at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat, open-air Greek-style venue located approximately two hours east of Santo Domingo.[1] It was the amphitheater's inaugural event, with performers including Frank Sinatra with Buddy Rich, Heart, and Santana. Santana's set was cut short due to inclement weather.[1]


Charles Bluhdorn, whose Gulf+Western owned both the Altos de Chavón and Paramount Pictures, had Paramount record the concert so it could be rebroadcast worldwide. The concert was played on Showtime and featured a Grucci Fireworks grand finale.[2] The video recordings of the Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich set and Heart's performance were later released commercially.


Frank Sinatra / Buddy Rich[edit]

  • Introduction
  • "I've Got the World on a String"
  • "I Get a Kick Out of You"
  • "Come Rain or Come Shine"
  • "When Your Lover Has Gone"
  • "The Lady is a Tramp"
  • Sinatra speaks about America
  • "The House I Live In"
  • Buddy Rich - Prologue / "Jet Song" (from West Side Story)
  • "Searching"
  • "My Kind of Town"
  • "Something"
  • "The Best is Yet to Come"
  • "Strangers in the Night"
  • "All or Nothing at All"
  • Band introductions
  • "The Gal That Got Away" / "It Never Entered My Mind"
  • "I've Got You Under My Skin"
  • "Send in The Clowns" (featuring Tony Mottola on guitar)
  • "Quiet Night of Quiet Stars" (featuring Tony Mottola on guitar)
  • "I Won't Dance"
  • "Theme from New York, New York"



  • "Crazy On You"
  • "Raised On You"
  • "This Man of Mine"
  • "Straight On"
  • "Magic Man"
  • "Tell It Like It Is"
  • "Dog & Butterfly"
  • "The Situation"
  • "Even It Up"
  • "Barracuda"
  • "Rock & Roll"


  • "All I Ever Wanted"
  • "Primera Invasion" / "Searchin'"
  • "Black Magic Woman" / "Gypsy Queen"

Other "Concerts for the Americas"[edit]

  • On October 20, 2001, the Concert for New York City took place at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. This performance was occasionally referred to as the "Concert for the Americas".[3]
  • February 22, 2002 — Hoffman Auditorium, The Carol Autorino Center at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. Performers included Lorena Garay.[4]
  • October 4, 2005 — Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine. Performers included Augusto Bertado Cocotl playing violin, accompanied by Ginger Yang Hwalek on piano.[5]


  1. ^ a b Meislin, Richard H (November 21, 1982). "Altos de Chavon, Village of Artists". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Krupnick, Jerry. "Sinatra performs at the 'Main Event' concert at Madison Square Garden in October 1974: Fond memories of a 'true mensch'". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Houston's "Star Spangled Banner" tops charts". The Badger Herald. October 10, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Calendar of Performances: 2002". Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Carr, Joe (September 28, 2005). "Contingent from Mexican University to Visit UMaine". Retrieved February 8, 2012.