By Kevin M. Smith

Killeen Daily Herald

About 200 people went to the Killeen Amphitheater on Friday for some salsa music at the second of five concerts in the Hot Summer Nights series.

The concert – performed on the outdoor stage behind the Killeen Community Center – drew a variety of people who created what some said was an enjoyable atmosphere.

"I like it. I like the culture; it has a good atmosphere," said Lloyd White of Killeen.

It was White's first time to go to the concert series, which the city's Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored for about 15 years, but he said it likely won't be the last time. White attended to support his girlfriend, who is a member of Orquesta Caribe, the band that performed Friday.

It was the band that drew others.

"I'm Puerto Rican, I like salsa," said Jay Sayas of Killeen.

Joana Cruiz of Killeen also came for the salsa music.

"The flow" is what Cruiz said she likes about it.

The concert series offers several genres of music, however. The first concert of the series this year was the Rodger Duncan Band playing jazz. Rick Barton, who moved to Killeen this year, went to the jazz concert on June 8.

"We enjoyed it so much we came out for this one," said Barton, who was at the concert with his wife and children.

With the food, moonwalk for children and free live music, Barton said it was a good family outing.

"It's a very good idea," Barton said. "It's got something for the kids as well as the adults."

The next concert in the series is Dysfunction Junction, an R&B group, on July 13. The final two concerts will be the Tejano band AT Boys on July 27 and the oldies band Rotel & The Hot Tomatoes on Aug. 10. All concerts are from 8 to 10 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Josh Wells, recreation superintendent, said the salsa, Tejano and oldies concerts usually bring in the largest crowds, averaging more than 300.

The Parks and Recreation Department will bring in bands as far away as Dallas and Austin, but it also looks to local groups like Orquesta Caribe, which is based in Killeen.

For more information on the concert series, call (254) 501-8889.

Contact Kevin M. Smith at or call (254) 501-7550

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