The Colombian/Peruvian Salsa Festival is this Sunday August 2nd! Hosted by Rumba Entertainment, the event enters its second year bringing us 3 live bands (Ritmo Peru, Grupo Mi Tierra, and Mambo Salvaje) in this all ages event. Dance shows begin at 7pm.The festival will be a good opportunity to learn about the music and culture of Colombia and Peru. I’ve included these two YouTube videos here to give you more information about the two countries:
Why?El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is quintessential Puerto Rican salsa and one of the best salsa music bands ever to come from Puerto Rico.A virtual institution in Puerto Rico, the group has played for four decades with its 13 piece ensemble. The group is so important to Puerto Rican identity in the salsa world that the Puerto Rican Senate officially named them “Ambassadors of Our Music” to the rest of the world.
I’ve included YouTube videos here in this post of their best and well known songs, Brujeria at the beginning and Un Verano en Nueva York below:
As it gets closer to the event (September 17th – 20th), I’ll be writing about things that may be of interest to those attending. Here are some of the things we already know about the upcoming San Diego Salsa Festival:
1. September 17th there will be a Pre-Party w/ Victor and Burju and Ana and Joel From Boston.This should be a fun way to jump start the rest of the weekend.
2. A number of D.J.’s are committed to spin including D.J. Robby LA, D.J. Sugar Philly, D.J.Carlos Miranda LA &D.J. Lobo LA with more to be confirmed.
3. There will be 2 Dance Rooms For Evening Social Dancing.
4. Over 50 Performers from around the nation will be showcasing their talent.
5. There will be over 40 Workshops from beginner to advanced and specialized classes such asZumba, Afro Cuban, Rumba, and Samba.
6. All night dancing!
7. Jack N Jill Competitions.
8. Hotel Rooms only $115 a night ( All Inclusive )
Of course the main focus of the night is salsa dancing and for those arriving before 8:30pm you can take advantage of the free lesson offered by Valerie at the club. If you don’t take the salsa lesson you are invited to join us in our special VIP area of the club set up for Meetup.com members. Look for the Meetup signs (see the picture below) to find us.
If you are a fan of the “Dancing with the Stars” TV show you are in for a treat. Here in San Diego at the historic Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park there will be a limited engagement showing of “The New Mambo Kings.”
“The New Mambo Kings” is an exciting musical revue that blends Latin American culture through the art of dance, voice, and music. The show will feature lots of different Latin music styles including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, Tango, Rumba, Paso Doble and Boleros. It will also have flashy dance numbers and a good amount of singing both in English and in Spanish.
Starlight Theatre’s new Guest Artistic Director, Carlos Mendoza, along with his brother Mauricio Mendoza hope to reach out to everyone from all walks of life with their show. The brothers have a long history in the performing arts, appearing in popular movies and shows like “Blow” starring Johnny Depp (see the Youtube video below). I think the show will be a great way to experience the full range of Latin American music and dances in a way that is energetic and riveting. If you’ve been one of the people glued to the TV watching “Dancing with the Stars” this will be a great show for you too.
If you are like me I’m sure that when you travel you have one thing on your mind, salsa dancing. Okay, maybe not but in all reality it is probably something that may cross your mind and you might want to take advantage of in another city.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been using Twitter (see the video above for a short overview) to learn about the salsa dance scene in different places ranging from New York to Croatia. Some of the folks I’ve met through Twitter that are into salsa dancing like me include Becoming a Salsero (Walter De Rooij), Dena from VidaSalsera, and DimeloRecords. Through my use of Twitter I now have a better sense of what to expect when I travel to different cities in terms of salsa dancing. I also have people to meet up with when I visit.