Street Co-Naming to Honor Luis El Terror Dias Way

December 5, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I proudly invite you to attend the street co-naming ceremony to honor the legacy of Luis ‘El Terror’ Dias, a Dominican native-born folk and rock artist who was often called ‘The Father of Dominican rock’. 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue will be co-named Luis El Terror Dias way on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

Luis Díaz Portorreal was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic, on June 21, 1952, to a family that embraced music. His was father was a ‘Tres’ player and his mother was a singer. While in Bonao he studied music alongside well-known musicians like Juan Zorrilla and Tatán Jiménez. Diaz would go on to form his own band at the age of 16 named Los Chonnys, before taking off and playing for bands like the Convite in Santo Domingo and Madora.

After teaching Dominican traditional music at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City he moved back to the Dominican Republic in 1982. Here is where he created the now well-known Dominican Rock Band Tranporte Urbano. After much success in the music industry, Diaz would go on to become the Vice-Director of Casa De la Cultura Dominicana an organization that promoted Dominican Culture in New York in 1999. Luis Diaz’s unfounded love for the Dominican music and culture made him an inspiration and staple to the lovers of Dominican Rock.

We hope that you can join us! Please RSVP to Kiana Diaz at

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In service,

Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member, District 10
Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill

In Spanish

Queridos amigos y vecinos:

Con orgullo lo invito a asistir a la ceremonia de nombramiento de la calle para honrar el legado de Luis “El Terror” Dias, un artista de rock y folk nativo Dominicano que a menudo fue llamado “El padre del rock dominicano”. La calle 165 y la avenida de Ámsterdam se co-llamará Luis El Terror Dias way el sábado 8 de diciembre a las 5:00 pm.

Luis Díaz Portorreal nació en Bonao, República Dominicana, el 21 de junio de 1952, de una familia que adoraba la música. Su padre era un jugador “Tres” y su madre era cantante. Mientras estuvo en Bonao, estudió música junto a músicos conocidos como Juan Zorrilla y Tatán Jiménez. Díaz formaría su propia banda a la edad de 16 años llamada Los Chonnys, antes de despegar y tocar para bandas como el Convite en Santo Domingo y Madora. Después de enseñar música tradicional Dominicana en el Museo Americano de Historia Natural en la ciudad de Nueva York, regresó a la República Dominicana en 1982. Aquí es donde creó la ahora conocida banda de rock Dominicana Tranporte Urbano.

Después de mucho éxito en la industria musical, Díaz se convertiría en el Vice-director de Casa de la Cultura Dominicana, una organización que promovió la cultura Dominicana en Nueva York en 1999. El amor infundado de Luis Díaz para la música y la cultura Dominicana lo convirtió en una inspiración. Y un clasico para los amantes del rock Dominicano. ¡Esperamos verte!

Por favor confirme su asistencia a Kiana Diaz en

En Servicio,

Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member, District 10
Washington Heights, Inwood

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