Northeast State welcomes the Frito Puente Band July 26

The Frito Puente Band brings their sizzling Latin jazz fusion to Northeast State on July 26 as part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series.

This well-respected Tri-Cities trio takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Frito Puente Band
Frito Puente Band

Frito Puente is Latin Jazz with a spicy blend of standards and originals with Bill Perkins on guitar, Sam Burke on bass, and Jose Castillo on Congas & Percussion. Perkins and Burke have played together in various jazz, blues, and rock groups for over 30 years. Perkins has been playing guitar since 1971 and has appeared on stage in the United States, Germany, Malta, Brazil, and Mexico.

In his extensive travels, Burke has played with symphonies, garage bands, power trios, R&B show bands, folk bands, lounge bands, and bar bands. Castillo joined the band 15 years ago. He has played trumpet, flugle horn, guitar, and percussion and spearheads the Latin sound that has defined this latest rendition of this ensemble.

Frito Puente’s style spans Latin-flavored artists like Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions.  For more information about this or other upcoming concerts in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

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