SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 8 PM: CUBA! DAYMÉ AROCENA! ROBERTO FONSECA! PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ! ‘LA NUEVA CUBA!The NEXT GENERATION! A night of jazz at the VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER on the campus of CSUN (Cal State Univ Northridge). Tix $33-$53 at http://bit.ly/2C7zKPY
CUBAN AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL ft PEDRITO CALVO (formerly of LOS VAN VAN), the ARESENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT, LA CHARANGA CUBANA, CALIXTO OVIEDO & TIMBA LA, LAS CHIKAS! Pre sale: general $25, VIP $50 on tickeri.com Day of (if available) $35 general, $60 VIP. A 21+ event. For more info: http://www.cubanamericanmusicfestial.net. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main Street, Los Angeles 90012. An event of YAMBU PRODUCTIONS.
THURS-FEB 15-18, The 10th Annual SAN FRANCISCO RUEDA FESTIVAL ft four days of the best of CUBAN DANCE: SON! CASINO! RUEDA de CASINO! RUMBA! AFRO CUBAN FOLKLORE! PERFORMANCES! WORKSHOPS with esteemed CUBAN DANCERS! CONCERTS! AFTER PARTIES w INTERNATIONAL DJs! LECTURES! at the historic HOTEL WHITCOMB in downtown SAN FRANCISCO! Brought to you by SALSA VALE TODO. To register, and for more info: https://www.salsaruedafestival.com/
FRI-SUN, JAN 26-28, LA RUEDA QUE SE MUEVE: CASINERO WEEKEND MEET UP of L.A. with SAN DIEGO for a weekend of DANCE WORKSHOPS & PARTIES! KATI HERNÁNDEZ! MARITZA BAÍDA! WILFREDO GUILBIAC! will be leading the workshops! DANCE PARTIES on FRIDAY & SATURDAY with WALT DIGZ coming down from the BAY on SAT NITE. For schedule of events: https://www.facebook.com/events/159113498062642/ To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rueda-que-se-mueve-san-diego-january-2018-tickets-41918528447 Brought to you by Maritza Baída & Kati Hernández.
CURUYE is LOOKING FORWARD TO KICKING OFF 2018 with you DANCING CUBAN SON, SALSA, TIMBA, REGGAETÓN at CURUYE’s JANUARY CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY at The GRANADA! CONSIDER WEARING WHITE TO REFLECT LIGHT INTO THE NEW YEAR! DEEJAY WARAPO will be playing the best and latest contemporary Cuban dance music! By popular demand, MARITZA BAÍDA will be back up from San Diego to keep the RUEDA de CASINO flowing with a 5:30 PM class! KATI HERNÁNDEZ will be leading some AFRO TIMBA to bring the good energy of Cuba’s Yoruba tradition to our celebration! Get a taste of Chef Israel’s varied culinary delights: from salads, to sandwiches, to full entrees! Fuel for a night of dancing! We’ll be also celebrating the birthdays of CARMEN LUCERO, CHIQUITA FLOWERS, JEANNIQUE PROSPERE, JERRI NACHMAN, JUDITH DAVIES, MARCELA LEYTON, MARLA CHUNG, MICHELLE GREENE, NICAN ROBINSON, NEREIDA RODRÍGUEZ, NOMBUSO MKHIZE, RUSO MG, SHERMAN SMITH, TINA LEINONEN … who look forward to dancing the BIRTHDAY DANCE and sharing some cake with you! $10 cover includes dance class! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! The GRANADA, 17 So First Street, Alhabmra 91801.FREE PARKING in parking structure across from The GRANADA!
CUBAN SALSA (CASINO) DANCE CLASS w KATI HERNÁNDEZ! Learn partnering, styling, Cuban moves at CAMERA OBSCURA ART LAB, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 90401. $12 registration on line at http://bit.ly/2zOU0DF, at class $15 (please bring exact change!). Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica)
AFRO CUBAN DANCE FUNDAMENTALS with KATI HERNÁNDEZ with LIVE DRUMMING ACCOMPANIMENT! 18 years old and older. On line registration $12. $15 (exact change please) if paid at class. Register on line at http://bit.ly/2zD4jLl Class is held at CAMERA OBSCURA, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica 90401.(Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 @1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica).
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 3-8 PM-CELEBRATION of EL DÍA de SHANGÓ with the LIVE music of The ARSENIO RODRÍGUEZ PROJECT, in memory of Cuban percussionist FRANCISCO AGUABELLA. The Palms Lounge, 8060 Florence Ave., Downey 90240. $10 cover. All ages welcome.
The 18th ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS presentation takes place tonight at The MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, Las Vegas. Among the esteemed artists nominated this year are ALAIN PÉREZ for ADN in the BEST SALSA ALBUM category, and El SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO's cd RAÍZ for the BEST TRADITIONAL TROPICAL category. The awards ceremony will be televised on UNIVISION at 8 PM.
CURUYE’s NOVEMBER CUBAN SALSA TIMBA DANCE PARTY is CELEBRATING A DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY: 16 years of the website CURUYE.COM, and 8 years of CURUYE’s CUBAN DANCE PARTIES in LA! Dance it up with L.A.’s DEEJAY WARAPO and guest DJ WALT DIGZ (down from the BAY) keeping the DANCE FLOOR HOT with the latest CUBAN DANCE MUSIC SON! TIMBA! RUMBA! REGGAETÓN! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, Cuban dancer KATI HERNÁNDEZ, along with MARITZA BAÍDA (straight up from SAN DIEGO), will be co-teaching a RUEDA de CASINO CLASS at 5:30 PM! NOT ONLY WILL WE BE DANCING CASINO, RUEDA de CASINO, SON, RUMBA and FUNKY LINE DANCES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, for the special occasion, CURUYE will raffle DANCE CLASSES, CDs, DRINKS, and a special treat to those wearing their CURUYE T-SHIRTS and/or HATS! Help celebrate November birthdays with the Birthday Dance, and a piece of cake! The Granada’s Chef Israel cooks up some tasty meals for all you dancers, so plan on sharing a meal with your friends. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! $10 cover.. FREE PARKING in structure across from The Granada!
YENI VALDÉS y su ORQUESTA perform LIVE! The former diva of LOS VAN VAN will be featured at the SAN DIEGO CUBAN DANCE CONGRESS! Guest djs Deejay WARAPO, D.J. TITAN, DJ P.A. TRIX will keep it happening on the dance floor between the LIVE SETS! cubandancecongress.com for info on concert and on all the dance workshops and events of the congress! $30 general; $40 ($10 wil go to HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF PROJECT).
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! YENI VALDÉS & su ORQUESTA ft FRIDAY NIGHT! TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER. Sponsored by Cuban Foundation for Arts & Culture (CFAC), Ritmo Cubano Events LLC, San Diego Cuban Dance Congress. For more info and registration: cubandancecongress.com
Cuba's ISSAC DELGADO will be the featured performer at Los Angeles' FESTIVAL of the AMERICAS! Also featured LIVE will be BRASILIDADE Samba; CHACOMBO Afro Peruvian music; FITO VÁSQUEZ Cumbia Masters, TIERRA BLANCA Mexican Folklórico! General Admission: $30; VIP: $50 on http://bit.ly/2eNuEKV.
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.
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.
WED AUGUST, 9, 8 PM: WOW! GENTE de ZONA, PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ GROUP, ANGELIQUE KIDJO all together in a TRIBUTE to CELIA CRUZ! CUBAN REGGAETÓN! AFRO CUBAN JAZZ with ‘the voice of AFRICA’s DIVA”. WHAT A PARTY! Hollywood Bowl, http://bit.ly/2oqdW8a
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!