From CUBA! The great SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO, Latin Grammy winning exponents of Cuban ’SON’! NOT TO BE MISSED! Their debut appearance in Los Angeles! A FREE! Grand Performances event! The California Plaza 300-350 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071. Parking: The California Plaza garage (enter on Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets) $8 (cash only) opens 90 minutes before event. Or refer to www.metro.net for best travel route.
From CUBA! DAYME AROCENA, internationally acclaimed jazz chanteuse, composer, arranger, choral director, comes to L.A. with her amazing musicians, give a FREE, noon-time concert as part of Grand Performances’s summer series! The California Plaza 300-350 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071. Parking: best to park in nearby parking lots is preferable than parking at The California Garage during the day (high rates!). Refer to www.metro.net for best travel route.
THURS-SUN, OCT 19-22: 2nd Edition: SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL SALSA CONGRESS! 4 NIGHTS of DANCE PARTIES, 3 FULL DAYS of WORKSHOPS! TIMBA MOB BUS! BEACH PARTY! TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER. Sponsored by Cuban Foundation for Arts & Culture (CFAC), Ritmo Cubano Events LLC, San Diego Cuban Dance Congress. For early bird discount, REGISTER NOW! For more info and registration: http://bit.ly/2ojPrvH
CONGRATULATIONS RITP! RUEDA in the PARK’s 13th ANNIVERSARY BEACH PARTY! WOOHOO! TANIA de LA PEÑA kicks off the festivities with a class! MUSIC! DANCING! FUN! EATS! Bring food to share for 15-20 people! 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90405. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1702458093383734/
3rd Annual ALMA del BARRIO FEST! A FULL DAY OF NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC including OS ZAGUEIROS! CONGANAS! LAS CHICAS! CONJUNTO COSTAZUL! LA CHARANGA CUBANA! BROUGHT TO YOU BY KXLU 88.9 FM bringing us the best of SALSA (including CUBAN!) every weekend, 11 AM-6 PM. The SUNKEN GARDEN of LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles 90045
CONJUNTO COSTAZUL featured at the free SUMMER of SALSA series at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), an evening of dancing outdoors to LIVE CUBAN MUSIC! Doors open at 6 PM. Music begins at 7 PM. Food and beverages are available for purchase. http://lapca.org/programs
A GOZAR Y A CELEBRAR! LET’s DANCE TO SOME CUBAN TIMBA-SON-RUMBA-REGGAETÓN to welcome SUMMER at CURUYE’s JUNE CUBAN DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best of CUBAN DANCE MUSIC, past and present, to keep the dance energy high throughout the evening! We’ll be CELEBRATING SUMMER, KAREN POWELL’s RETIREMENT, and the BIRTHDAYS of KAY TORRES, MARITZA BAÍDA, MARTHA OLIVERA, ROCÍO ALONSO, STEFANIE ENDERSON, TANIA de LA PEÑA, MARLON CLARK, SEAN WILSON who look forward to sharing some cake and dancing the birthday dance with you! DAMON WEBBER & KATI HERNÁNDEZ will team up to teach a RUEDA de CASINO CLASS at 5:30 PM to kick off the party! Chef Israel offers some delicious eats! Message Curuye if you’d like to reserve a table. ALL AGES WELCOME! FREE PARKING in structure across from the GRANADA. $10 cover includes dance class.
SAT & SUN, JUNE 10 & 11: 39th Annual PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL features an all star lineup of jazz artists including ARTURO SANDOVAL’s LATIN BIG BAND. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/calendar-fullseason The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 12 noon-8 PM: CUBAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL offers a day full of great CUBAN DANCE MUSIC headlined by Los VAN VAN’s former singer YENNI VALDÉS in her L.A. solo debut, and including bands RUMBANKETE, CHARANGA CUBANA, CHANGUÍ MAJADERO, ARSENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT. Food, dominos, art … $20 general admission, $40 VIP. More info: bit.ly/cubanamericanmusicfestival 310 729-2706. An event of La PLAZA de CULTURA y ARTES & YAMBÚ PRODUCTIONS. La PLAZA de CULTURA y ARTES, 501 North Main St., L.A.
CUBA’s hottest band, ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D’ PRIMERA performs in L.A. featuring MAYITO RIVERA, former singer with Los Van Van! Adding more sabor to the evening will be DJ MELAO, direct from MIAMI! Location: The GLOBE THEATRE 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Doors open 8 PM. 21+ Tix: $40. For DISCOUNT, use CURUYE (all caps) when purchasing tix on line at TICKETON.COM. For VIP tix, call 310 989-4817 or310 989-0143. An event of WARAPO PRODUCTIONS!
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 8 PM: RUMBANKETE’s CD RELEASE PARTY for ARCO IRIS will be happening at L.A.’s newest music venue, ZEBULON! COME OUT TO DANCE IT UP and CELEBRATE with the BAND! DJ WALT DIGZ will be coming down from the BAY to jam between the LIVE SETS! KATI HERNÁNDEZ & the PA’ LA ORILLA dancers will be present to add to the festivities! $10. 21+ ZEBULON, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039.
Cuba’s famed JUAN DE MARCOS & the AFRO CUBAN ALL STARS will be giving no less than 7 performances at CATALINA BAR & GRILL! Wednesday-Saturday at 8:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday second show at 10:30 PM! Tix on Ticket Web at http://bit.ly/2pcvdkm, or for possible half-priced tix, try Goldstar: http://bit.ly/2obDmbu. CATALINA BAR & GRILL 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028. Table reservation: 323 466-2210. More info: www.catalinajazzclub.com
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18: ‘SIEMPRE FORMELL’ a musical tribute to the late great composer, arranger, director of Cuba’s LOS VAN VAN will be the featured concert at the 9th Annual SALSA RUEDA FESTIVAL in SAN FRANCISCO! Present and past members of LOS VAN VAN: PEDRITO CALVO, SAMUEL FORMELL, 'ROBERTÓN' HERNÁNDEZ will be backed by TIMBALIVE at this feted concert! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-9th-salsa-rueda-festival-in-san-francisco-feb-16-19-2017-registration-27507473594
THURS-SUN, FEB 16-19, The 9th Annual SALSA RUEDA FESTIVAL in SAN FRANCISCO! CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOPS taught by some of the best CUBAN DANCERS/INSTRUCTORS coming from around the world! NIGHTLY CONCERTS/DANCE PARTIES/PERFORMANCES including a concert tribute "SIEMPRE FORMELL", with VAN VAN musicians past & present from CUBA, PEDRITO CALVO, SAMUEL FORMELL, 'ROBERTÓN' HERNÁNDEZ! Among the dance instructors confirmed so far: KATI HERNÁNDEZ, DUANE WRENN, YENI MOLINET, ROBERTO BORRELL, ROYLAND LOBATO … HOTEL WHITCOMB, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco, 94103. REGISTER BY DECEMBER 1, 2016 for DISCOUNT! For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-9th-salsa-rueda-festival-in-san-francisco-feb-16-19-2017-registration-27507473594
CURUYE looks forward to CELEBRATING COMMUNITY! FRIENDSHIP! LOVE! at the FEBRUARY CURUYE CUBAN DANCE PARTY! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best of CUBAN DANCE BEATS, from SON, TIMBA, REGGAETÓN, RUMBA, so we can keep the dance floor smokin'! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be teaching an AFRO TIMBA class at 5:30 PM to get us started. We are also celebrating 'una pila de' FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS! KATI HERNÁNDEZ, RAMONA YOUNG, PAULA WARD, ANA TÉLLEZ McKEY, ROCíO GARZA, MARÍA VÁSQUEZ, CRISTAL SPELLER, MIREILLE MOURET, MARINA RIVAS, BOBBY WILMORE, CHULHEE KIM, all want to share and dance and some cake with you! ALL AGES WELCOME! $12 cover includes Kati's dance class! The GRANADA’s MAIN BALLROOM, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. FREE PARKING in structure across the street! A BAILAR y A GOZAR! (If you're coming in a group, message Curuye if you'd like to reserve a table.)
The CONGA ROOM has invited CURUYE.COM to hostaPRE VAN VAN CUBAN DANCE HAPPENING featuring CUBAN DANCERS on tour with the esteemed HAVANA-based dance and music company, BAN RRA RRA! Dancers YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO, featured dancers with Cuba’s internationally renown BAN RRA RRA, come to Los Angeles after performance tours ofMiami, and San Francisco. They’ll be demonstrating some of their favorite Cuban dances at the PRE VAN VAN party!! Deejay WARAPO will be playing all the latest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC from CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! SON! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA! to keep the flow on the dance floor, and KATI HERNANDEZ will amp up our dance energy to welcome Cuba’s favorite dance band, LOS VAN VAN! $25 gets you into the pre-concert dance party, AND concert! (This specially priced ticket requires you to be in the Conga Room before the end of the pre-concert party.) The Conga Room’s BOCA restaurant will be open from 5 PM. Reservations can be made at 213 745-0162. The PRE-VAN VAN TIX ARE AVAILABLE with CURUYE, DEEJAY WARAPO.
Cuban dancers YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO from CUBA's esteemed BAN RRA RRA music and dance company guest teach dances of CUBA's FRANCO HAITIAN legacies of eastern Cuba. 11 AM-12:30 PM-TAJONA; 12:30 PM-2 PM-CONGA SANTIAGUERA (carnival dances of eastern Cuba). LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT. DOWNTOWN DANCE & MOVEMENT, 1144 South Hope St., L.A. 90015. PARKING: JOE’s GARAGE, 746 So Hope Street, L.A. 90015, $5/day parking with a shuttle to the dance studio by calling (213) 896-9260. You might find other reasonable lots closer to the studio, or street parking. METRO: The BLUE LINE’s PICO STATION stop leaves you just a little over a block from Downtown Dance & Movement Studio, leaving you just a little over a block to walk. $20/class. Pre pay and take both classes for $35. PRE PAY HERE.
THREE CUBAN POPULAR DANCE WORKSHOPS taught by YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO, dancers from CUBA's BAN RRA RRA esteemed HAVANA-based music and dance company! 12-1:20 PM-INTERMEDIATE RUEDA de CASINO with CUBAN STYLING; 1:30-2:50 PM-CUBAN SON; 3-4:20 PM-ADVANCED RUEDA de CASINO (dancing Rueda 'a contratiempo'='dancing on 2' Cuban style. Special EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT by pre registering by DECEMBER 9. CLICK HERE.
LEARN to DANCE 'CASINO' CUBAN STYLE SALSA with YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO, dancers direct from CUBA's BAN RRA RRA music and dance company, along with KATI HERNÁNDEZ! CAMERA OBSCURA 1450 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica. PARKING: $2 at LOT 6, on 2nd Street between Broadway & Colorado. $15. Pre-register: CLICK HERE.
AFRO CUBAN DANCE with dancers from CUBA's esteemed music and dance company BAN RRA RRA guest teach in KATI HERNÁNDEZ's class. There will be two classes: 7:30-8:30 PM dances of Cuba's ABAKUÁ tradition. 8:30-9:30 PM CONGA SANTIAGUERA-CARNIVAL DANCES of EASTERN CUBA. UNIVERSAL DANCE DESIGN, 6009 West Olympic Blvd. L.A. 90036. $20/class. Pre pay for both classes on line for $30: PRE PAY HERE.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 5-10 PM: COME to CURUYE’s DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY CUBAN DANCE PARTY to HELP CELEBRATE 13 YEARS of CURUYE.COM, and 7 YEARS of CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in L.A.! DJ WALT DIGZ from SAN FRANCISCO joins L.A.’s DEEJAY WARAPO for the BIG DANCE CELEBRATION keeping the dance floor hot! An EVENING of CUBAN SALSA! SON! TIMBA! REGGAETÓN! RUMBA! RUEDAS! RAFFLES! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be teaching her AFRO TIMBA dance moves to warm us up for the evening, and her PA’ LA ORILLA DANCE TEAM will be leading line dances, carnival congas, and comparsas throughout the night. We’ll have plenty of room to dance those big ruedas de casino! The BIRTHDAY DANCE & CAKE adds to the festivities! CHEF ISRAEL has some special Cuban treats on his varied menu! WEAR YOUR CURUYE T-SHIRT for a special treat! $12. The GRANADA’s MAIN BALLROOM, 17 South First Street, Alhambra 91801. FREE PARKING in structure across the street!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 12 noon-3 PM: CUBAN SALSA (CASINO) DANCE LESSON w KATI HERNÁNDEZ at CAMERA OBSCURA ART LAB, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90401 $5 tix available at https://apm.activecommunities.com/santamonicarecreation/Activity_Search/53760 (Image: Donna Williams)
In San Diego: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 8 PM: JESÚS ALEMANY y CUBANISMO! perform SON, CHA CHA CHA, DANZÓN at UCSD’s PRICE CENTER (Ballroom West). Closest parking: Gilman Parking Structure located at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Russell Lane, 92093. Take a dance class at 7 PM before the concert. Tix $25 general; $15 Youth (5-17 yrs); $9 students: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/cubanismo/
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 12-6 PM: THE THREE WIVES of CHANGÓ: DANCE FESTIVAL & CELEBRATION! DANCE! DRUMMING! SONG! SPEAKERS! PERFORMANCES! from the AFRO BRAZILIAN, AFRICAN, & AFRO CUBAN traditions sharing collective knowledge about the deities XANGÓ, OXUM, OBA, OYA. 12-12:45-LECTURE AWO FASEGUN EARL WHITE; 12:45-1:30 PM:DRUMMING & SONG w SANDY PÉREZ, KAHLIL CUMMINGS, ALBERTO LÓPEZ, VANESSA AYABA IRAWO, DANA MAMAN. DANCE: 1:30-2:30 ‘OYA’ w RACHEL HERNÁNDEZ, 2:30-3:30 “OCHÚN” FREILA MERENCIO BLANCO, 3:30-4:30 ‘OBA” VERA DOS PASSOS, 4:30-5:30 CHANGÓ JUAN CARLOS BLANCO. Full day, day of $68; Individual workshop $28.An event of RACHEL HERNÁNDEZ/IJO EMI DANCE, RHYTHM ARTS ALLIANCE, & BRASIL CULTURAL CENTER. BRASILBRASIL CULTURAL CENTER, 12453 Washington Blvd., L.A. 90066. Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/297937493905363/ Registration: http://www.brasilbrasil.org/events/
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:30 PM: From CUBA! YULIEN OVIEDO! TIMBERO! REGGAETONERO! SNGER, DRUMMER, DANCER par excellence, former CHARANGUERO of the CHARANGA HABANERA! making his L.A. solo debut with CALIXTO OVIEDO, & LILY OVIEDO ORQUESTA’sat EL FLORIDITA! ONE NIGHT ONLY! El FLORIDITA1253 Vine St. Los Angeles 90038. For reservations: (323) 871-8612, or at elfloridita.com
LOS 4, among CUBA's most popular reggaetón artists, makes their LOS ANGELES DEBUT at GIGGLES NIGHTCLUB! DEEJAY WARAPO (Cuba) & DJ MARLO (Perú). You can also hear and see LOS 4 on recordings of, and and performing with Cuban artists such as ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA de PRIMERA, LOS VAN VAN, MAYKEL BLANCO y SU SALSA MAYOR, among others. 21+, dress to impress. Tix $25, VIP $50 tickeri.com. GIGGLES NIGHTCLUB, 215 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale 91203. For more info call 818 286-3801.
Video clip: A LA LARGA https://youtu.be/0HdsXRk9n0w
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, MAYKEL BLANCO y SU SALSA MAYOR, direct from CUBA, headlines at the SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! The Congress has exclusive rights for the performance of one of Cuba’s top dance bands! DEEJAY WARAPO between LIVE SETS! And what could be more fun? There will be a crowd of casineros from across the country to enjoy the music with! TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108. Concert is included with the MEGA and FULL passes of the Congress. If you’re interested in the concert only, $40 pre-purchase, $50 cash at door.. VIP $90 pre-purchase/$95 cash at door. https://ritmocubano.ticketspice.com/cuban-salsa-congress-san-diego Brought to you by RITMO CUBANO EVENTS LLC.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 10 PM RUMBANKETE brings some SO CAL SON & TIMBA to the SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! Come out to dance with the casineros from who are gathering for the weekend’s 1st Annual SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! DJ WALTER will be spinning from 8 PM before and after LIVE SETS! TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108. Concert is included with the MEGA and FULL passes of the Congress. If interested in concert only, $30. https://ritmocubano.ticketspice.com/cuban-salsa-congress-san-diego
1st ANNUAL SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! FOUR DAYS of PARTYING & STUDYING CUBAN DANCE! CASINO, RUEDA de CASINO, AFRO CUBAN FOLKLORE, CUBAN REGGAETÓN with some of the best CUBAN DANCERS in theU.S.! In addition to the workshops, there will be a activities galore: CONCERTS! DANCE PARTIES! TIMBA MOB BUS! TIMBA BOAT RIDE! To mention a few of the dance instructors gathering: JUAN CARLOS BLANCO, ROBERTO BORRELL, KATI HERNÁNDEZ, ROYLAND LOBATO, SILFREDO LA O, WILFREDO GUILBIAC, REINIER VALDÉS, SIDNEY & RYAN, JULIÁN MEJÍA, MARITZA BAÍDA, ALEX RUÍZ, LUDIS BENÍTEZ, CARLINA VILLAVERDE, PIRITO CÓRDOVA , and many more! …. BANDS: RUMBANKETE SAT NITE, from Cuba MAYKEL BLANCO y su SALSA MAYOR! DJs WALT DIGZ & WARAPO… For complete schedule of activities/workshops/artists/pricing/registration, go to cubandancecongress.com! At San Diego’s beautiful TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7 PM: HAVANA - LA JAZZ FLUTE SUMMIT! ft Cuba’s ORLANDO ‘MARACA’ VALLE, JUSTO ALMARIO (Colombia), ART WEBB (USA), an event of the JAZZ BAKERY taking place in downtown L.A.s LA PLAZA de CULTURA y ARTE, 501 North Main Street, L.A. 90012. General Admission $25; VIP $35. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/jb/2598233
In San Diego: Omo Aché’s NOCHE CUBANA ft an AFRO CUBAN PERFORMANCE with artists DIRECT FROM CUBA! DJ WARAPO in the house to spin the best and latest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC! CUBAN FOOD available for purchase! ALL AGES WELCOME! $20. WORLD BEAT CENTER, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101. omoachecubanculture.org