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According to her record label, Veronica Ortega plays “traditional Latin folk music” from “Central and South America.” But on her debut album, Amor Eterno, the 20-year-old vocalist booms out sultry old-school boleros, upbeat flamenco-influenced folk, and jazz-tinged ballads; she’s no coffeehouse-performing purist. A winner at age 16 on Buscando Estrellas, a Spanish-speaking equivalent of Star Search, Ortega, like many such TV champs, occasionally overemotes, and worse, her drummer (her father) and guitarist are occasionally too flashy. But when this prodigy keeps the melodrama in check, and her dad doesn’t overplay, her songs sparkle. See if Ortega remembers that less is more at 8 p.m. at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $14. (703) 218-6500. (Steve Kiviat)