Combo Libertad Returns to Club M on Fri. July 12th

Greetings Casinero and Soneros,
If you want to practice dancing on the clave beat (dancing on 4) the way it is authentically danced to live "son" music (music made known  around the world by Buena Vista Social Club, Orquesta Aragon, Arsenio Rodriguez, etc.)  This is your chance to do so at Club M inside the luxurious Grand Hotel Del Mar on Friday, June 28th. I just checked the Club M June calendar and Combo Libertad is playing again. They are back again for another Friday night. So come and enjoy the live son music in a very beautiful dance location.

Here are the details:
When: Friday, July 12th from 7pm-10pm
Where: Grand Hotel Del Mar at Club M
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free concert but there is only valet parking ($10)

Save the Date - Celebrating their 5th Anniversary Noche Cubana - Sat. Aug 3rd

The 2nd Annual Las Vegas Salsa Rueda Festival at the Flamingo Hotel & Resort - Aug 2nd - Aug 4th

THIS IS IT!  August 2nd - 4th!!! Don't wait any longer to get your tickets for the best Vegas casino/rueda experience! Flash Mobs and's gonna get crazy! Click this link to event website for details on hotel, registration, workshop schedule, and performers.  Prices go up on July 15th for the Full Pass. There is also the Party Animal Pass. Register on this link here.
Here is their promo video. Click the link. It's really cool!!!
San Diego's very own performance team, CUBATA, will be performing on Friday. Come cheer us on!

Una Bulla pa' Las Vaegaaaas!

Carlsbad Jazz in the Park - Louie Cruz Beltran - Brazilian/AfroCuban Music, Friday, July 26th

The concerts have started and there is one coming up that is Brazilian/AfroCuban music with Louie Cruz Beltran performing at Carlsbad Jazz in the Park. For more Summer 2013 listings of other concert, go their website for more information. This one in particular will be at Poinsettia Park on July 26th. Concerts go from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and it FREE!

Here is a small bio from the Jazz in the Park website about
Louie Cruz Beltran
Master percussionist Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble serve up r&b, reggae, salsa, Latin and jazz Brazilian-style. Beltran is often compared to The Greats: Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz and Tito Puente. With a funky horn section, vibes, timbales, cowbells, congas, bongos, piano, bass, drums and vocals, he and his players generate spectacular webs of energy fueled by Beltran’s percussive rhythm.

Oxnard Salsa Festival Filled with Cuban Orchestras - July 27th -28th

Anyone up for a road trip to dance for two days casino and rueda? The Oxnard Salsa Festival is going to have a line up of great Cuban music. ROAD TRIP! This looks like so much fun!

Anyone interested..let me know!!
Una Bulla! Weaaaaaaa!

SAVE THE DATE! Casino on Cardboard at Coronado Beach, July 13th

Greetings Casineros!

Before the summer passes by so fast with so much to do, please mark your calendars for Casino on Cardboard at Coronado Beach on Saturday, July 13th. This is one of our favorite spots in San Diego. More details to come!

9th Annual Rueda in the Park Anniversary Beach Potluck Party Sunday, July 14th

Oye Mi Gente de San Diego!
Let's caravan over and join in on the festivities! We can meet at the Oceanside Park & Ride at 9am that morning and caravan over! What do you say??!! Carpool drivers, plug in this Google Maps Address Link to your GPS to drive to the park for the party.
Let me know who is interested. Call me or text me (206)300-4523 -- Maritza

Text copied from the Facebook event page - read on!

Believe it or not, we're celebrating 9 years of Rueda In The Park! Come celebrate with us at our annual beach potluck party Sunday, July 14, 2013.

All Casineros, Timberos, Rumberos and general Cuban music and dance lovers are welcome!

We'll start off the occasion at 11 a.m with a class taught by Tania, which will be a refresher course of some of the moves we have done in the past. Ladies get ready for the annual women lead the men rueda that we do every year(la tradicion)...I hope you have been practicing..same goes for the men...time to follow.

Please bring someting to share as this is a potluck...make sure it is cooked as we can't cook there. Try to bring enough for 15-20 people for whatever dish, drink, etc you are bringing. And no alcohol is allowed as this is a public park. List so far of what people are bringing is below.

Please add what you will bring when you RSVP.
Plates, Cups, napkins and utensils are NOT yet covered...... (we can usually use extras of these)

Note: You might want to bring change for parking meters or just park where there is flat rate parking. See you there!

Link to pictures of location:

Potluck List:
Tania- anniversary fruit torta from portos
Marlon- Frijoles Negros (Cuban Black Beans)
Patricia- Costco Pizza
Conan- water

New Carlsbad Rueda de Casino Summer Series with Maritza Baida Starts July 8th-Aug 19th

Let's build the Carlsbad rueda de casino dancing scene. Come and sign up for a 7-week summer series of rueda classes. Seven weeks for $56.00 if you register online!
Below are the navigation steps to registering online:
1. Click the online link above. You will be on the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation main page.
2. One the main page, under Quick Links, you will click "online registration"
3. Now you are on the registration portal, on the left hand side panel (Categories/Sub-Categories) click "Dance", then click "Adult Dance"
4. Scroll down that page to "Cuban Salsa-Rueda de Casino" (Class # 57197)
5. Click the "add" button.
6. The portal will ask you to create a log-in account.
7. Follow the account log-in steps and then pay online.
If you want to see what I teach, check out this video link to a Seattle Rueda Practice (long before I moved to San Diego).

Mayimbe in San Diego at the Blue Agave - Thursday June 27th

Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Mayimbe IS coming to San Diego!!! Por fin we have a "direct from Cuba...and Peru" orchestra coming to our lovely county.
I highly encourage all of you to pay the $15 because if we do not show our support to pay the bands in all fairness, then we can lose an opportunity to bring more Cuban bands into San Diego. It is a good investment if you want more live timba. So make the investment and pay the $15. PLEASE!

Casino on Cardboard at Oceanside Harbor - Saturday, June 29th

It's that time again to dance outside. We're getting the cardboard out so we can dance as the sun goes down in Oceanside Harbor!!!
Here are the details:
What: Casino on Cardboard at Oceanside Harbor
When: Saturday, June 29th from 5pm-8pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor Beach (from the I-5, exit Oceanside Harbor and go west. If you go east you end up at Camp Pendelton
Here is the link to the location/directions on Google Maps. We will be at a different place from last time, closer to where they wash the boats. This map is specifically made to show you exactly where we will be on the sand. 

This is a free event and it is family friendly. So bring the kids!
It is a snack-luck, so bring something to share and bring some water or any beverage you like. I have new playlist and a the rock blocker readily charged up so we could keep dancing for a long long time.

I'll be leading a few salsa suelta lines and calling some ruedas. Coem learn some of the rueda moves I teach in my Carlsbad class. If you guys don't know caracol, adios con son,  or dame con guaperia, or sombrero y casate (new move I learned in Atlanta at the 3-Day Cuban party) then come to Casino on Cardboard to learn it. So come and cool off by the sea and enjoy dancing outside to natural air-conditioning.

Una Bulla!

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 10 AM-10 PM: FATHER's DAY RUMBA! CELEBRATE FATHER's DAY with the family at an outdoor, friendly RUMBA with LIVE DRUMMING! CUBAN FOOD! MISSION BAY, west Mission Bay Drive (across from the  Belmont Park roller coaster), San Diego.  FOLLOW THE DRUMS!  -Omo Aché 


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 3-11 PM: PEDRITO MARTÍNEZ GROUP w ARIACNE TRUJILLO  is only one of the many esteemed groups featured this weekend @ the HOLLYWOOD BOWL as part of the two-day PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL! (Festival continues on SUNDAY JUNE 16)


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2 PM: Art Workshop: PAINTING THE ORISHAS w visual artist LILI BERNARD featuring Afro Cuban religion and folklore. An event in conjunction with the exhibit of Cuban artist MANUEL MENDIVE @ The California African American Museum (CAAM) 600 State Drive, Exposition Park 90057. FREE but please RSVP 744-2024

Barbaro Fines Y Su Mayimbe in Los Angeles - Fri. June 28th

That's right, casineros! They are set to play LIVE at Florentine Gardens in Los Angeles. Below are the details:
What: Mayimbe Concert in Los Angeles
When: Friday, June 28th at 8:00pm
Where: Florentine Gardens, 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cost: $30 in advance $50 at the door per person.  For more info on tickets, go to this specific link from This website is kind of tricky. If you click on it, it takes you to the most recent Mayimbe concert in San Francisco. Make sure you pay attention to the date of the concert on this weblink. Just sayin'.