It’s hard to believe but the time for the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is here once again! Celebrating 7 years of existence, the local festival draws the world’s best salsa, bachata, merengue and Latin dancers to compete, instruct and inspire.
As we’ve seen in past years, the San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival is broken up over several days beginning with a Thursday night pre-party celebration winding down to social dancing on Sunday night. The Festival will feature top salsa and bachata dance groups from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia as they perform during each night. During the days you can take advantage of the many workshops that focus on particular dance skills related to salsa and other Latin dances.
An added bonus this year is the 5th Year Sabor on the Bay Yacht party that is set to Launch on August 31st. That event will feature 3 hours of fun aboard a luxury yacht with live salsa bands and a Las Vegas style theme.
Whatever you choose to do on Labor Day Weekend, here in San Diego the Salsa and Latin dance choices are limitless!
See you all during the fun events of Labor Day Weekend 2013!
The 7th Annual San Diego Salsa Bachata Festival 2013 is August 29th through September 1st (Labor Day Weekend) and Ritmo Bello is giving away a full access VIP pass again this year! The Full access VIP event pass will give you access to all evening and day shows, competitions, and social dancing starting August 29th. The passes are normally $179+ but here is your chance to get one FREE (airfare and hotel not included, just the all event pass!).
This year we will be using YouTube to once again help pick the winner just as we did in years past. The past couple of years have shown great creativity with the contest as shown by these past winners videos:
To be considered for the 2013 full event pass simply:
1. Create a 2 minute or less YouTube video
2. that explains why you choose to dance and why you would love to attend the Festival, all at no cost to you for the full VIP access pass
3. and makes mention of Ritmo Bello in the video submission.
The winner will be chosen based on:
2. Message clarity and relevance
3. Motivation and inspiration
4. Overall impact
To be eligible for the contest please submit your YouTube video link to email@example.com by Monday, August 5th, 2013. The winner will be announced on RitmoBello.com Tuesday, August 6th, 2013.
Good luck to all of you and don’t forget to submit your YouTube videos by the deadline!
San Diego will soon hear the artistic expression of Afro-Brazilian beats at Copley Symphony Hall in March. Dance Brazil will be performing a two part performance including Banguela (a special rhythm played to calm down capoeiristas when their martial arts gets heated) and FÉ DO SERTÃO, a glimpse into a often difficult but rich way of life and also a centuries-old related celebration from regions in Brazil.
To get a better idea of what the evening has in store check out this video of their past performances:
The Capoeira Foundation/DanceBrazil receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Instituto de Arte Urbana da Bahia (IABUA). Here in San Diego you can also do your part to show your support for the group by attending this one night event.
One of the things I miss most about the time I’ve spent in Colombia is the food. For anyone that has ever had Colombian food you know how full of flavor the food is and the myriad of dishes offered from different regions of the country. If you are from San Diego you also know how painfully lacking this place is for finding authentic Colombian cuisine. Until now.
Restaurante Antojitos Colombianos y Delicias Mexicanas is a relatively new restaurant here in San Diego specializing in Colombian food. Javier Rodriguez, a Colombian immigrant from the region of Cali, opened the restaurant as a way to honor his late father and bring the fullness of Colombian food to San Diego. Great classic Colombian food ranging from Bistec a la Criolla, Mojarra Frita and a Paisa favorite Bandeja Paisa are just some of the great offerings. The food is pared nicely with a great warm environment full of Colombian folkloric art, music and a friendly ambiance typical of Colombians.
Located on Imperial Avenue in San Diego, the small on size but big on service restaurant is your one chance to try authentic Colombian Cuisine here locally. Check out Restaurante Antojitos today!
Salsa music legend Rubén Blades will be coming near to San Diego just south of the border in Tijuana this month. Known the world over for his great music (including writing great music such as “El Cantante” and “Pedro Navaja”), his unique sound will be heard at the Centro Cultural Tijuana May 11. Here is a small snippet of his music if you are not familiar with him:
The concert will be free (yes free!) as part of his “Ha Vuelto: Cantos y Cuentos Urbanos Word Tour 2012″ and if you can make it down to Tijuana it is sure to be a great concert. Here is another video with info on the actual event:
Puerto Rican salsa music superstar Victor Manuelle is coming back to San Diego courtesy of Blue Agave Nightclub and you can get tickets for this concert to be held at 4th & B today. Victor Manuelle has performed in San Diego a number of times already and thanks to the folks at Blue Agave Nightclub he is coming back to entertain his San Diego followers. If you want a preview of what the show will be like check out this video I shot from back in 2009 during one of his past concerts here in San Diego:
The Salsa Rhythm App has 10 different kinds of instruments, more than 60 musical patterns and thousands of possible combinations are available to help anyone to isolate the various sounds that comprise salsa music.