October Casino on Cardboard at Oceanside Harbor - Sat. Oct 5th

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, October 5th from 5pm-7pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor Beach (from the I-5, exit Oceanside Harbor and go west. If you go east you end up at Camp Pendleton
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. 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. Come and cool off by the sea and enjoy dancing outside to natural air-conditioning especially made by the Pacific Ocean.

Una Bulla!

Omo Aché's 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Come celebrate 15 years of Afro-Cuban Music, Dance, & Culture with Omo Aché!  This party will feature Live Performances by Omo Aché Co. and other special music & dance guest artists, awesome raffle prizes, delicious Cuban food, and a jammin' Cuban dance party with live DJ!  $10 cover
Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-11pm, WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. SD, CA 92101

Rueda in The Park Santa Ana 1st Year Anniversary Party - Sat. Oct 12th

Feliz Cumpleaños Rueda in the Park - Santa Ana!!! They are celebrating their 1st anniversary!!! Una Bulla!!! Come celebrate on October 12th!! They will have food, soft drinks, games, raffle movie tickets and Rueda in the Park t-shirts, and of course, lots of Dancing! They will host their regular classes (Beginner level 11:30 a.m. Intermediate level 12:30 p.m.) and begin the FUN celebration from 1:30 p.m.-3:30pm.

A message from Robert Morales, lead instructor for Rueda in the park Santa Ana:
Rueda in the Park-Santa Ana has grown its presence in the orange county community within this past year thanks to your support. It is our joy to continue growing the presence of Rueda de Casino with the support of our casineros from other counties such as Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.
We want to thank you for your continued support and for sharing the love for Cuban music and dance.
What: Rueda in the Park 1st year Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, October 12th
Where: Centennial Park in Santa Ana, 3000 W Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92704
Cost: $5 donation


Oye Mi gente!
Chula Vista is having the Harbor Fest featuring the 11-piece AfroTurko Salsa Band...and you know they can play some timba. It looks like a beautiful venue outside at Bayside Park. Come get your dancing fix early this weekend! Below are the details:
What: Chula Vista Harbor Fest Concert
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:30pm
Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free

Harmony & Motion International Music & Dance Festival - Sat, Sept 28th

Come get your dance on at this amazing music and dance festival. There will be a Cuban dance performance by Wilfredo Guilbiac's Dance Team, Cubata at this event. Get your tickets online.
Here are the details:
What: Harmony & Motion International Music and Dance Festival
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00am until 6:00pm
10am-1:00pm is the Hrmony & Motion Non-Profit Fair
1:00pm to 6:00pm Performances in the Casa del Prado Theatre
Cost: Go online to purchase what part of the festival you want to go.
Festival Pass $30.00 ($32.04 w/service fee)
Harmony and Motion Festival Pass General - Show 1$16.00 ($17.55 w/service fee)
One General Admission For Show 1 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
General - Show 2$16.00 ($17.55 w/service fee)
One General Admission For Show 2 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Student/Senior Festival Pass$15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)Must show ID at the Door (Seniors 65+)
Student/Senior Show 1$8.00 ($9.27 w/service fee)Must show ID at the Door (Seniors 65+)
Student/Senior Show 2$8.00 ($9.27 w/service fee)Must Show ID at the Door (Seniors 65+)



Warm up with a little Rueda de Casino, then back by popular demand LARRY THOMAS of Kati Herneandez's PA' LA ORILLA dance group will be breaking down his moves in his 5:30 REGGAETÓN class. So far we have ALMA & RICARDO SALAZAR, MUÑECO AGUILAR, KAREN POWELL, CRISTINA BAÑUELOS, FABIÁN ROJAS, ALYSE KORN, JOANNA LEWIS, ANGELINA ARRINGTON, MELISSA SHEPHERD, T. FAYE GRIFFIN gearing up for the BIRTHDAY DANCE!

ALL AGES WELCOME! $10 cover includes dance class. 


The GRANADA,  (3rd Floor) 17 So. First St., Alhambra 91801. Free parking in structure across the street.

A Traditional Son Cubano NIght - Fri. Sept 13th in La Mesa

It's going to be a "Son"y Friday. A new Son band called Son De Velda will be playing in La Mesa. Several of the musicians come from the Charlie Chavez Y Su Afrotruko Orquestra.
Below are the details:

What: Irving Flores Ritmos Cubanos: Son De Velda - a Traditional Son Cubano Night
When:  Friday September 13, 2013 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant
7303 El Cajon Blvd La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 462-2722
Cost: - No Cover
Irving Flores - Piano
Emilio Camachi (from Cuba) - Congas
Emilio Alvarez (from Cuba) - Tres & Vocal
Ignacio Arango (from Cuba) - Base

Rueda En La Playa - Wed. Sept 11th 7-9pm

Greetings Casineros!
Hooray! Tim Snedeker is back to teaching Sunday evenings and he is hosting one more Rueda En La Playa at Moonlight beach in Encinitas. Come dance and get your rueda ON!

What: Rueda En La Playa
When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 from 7-9pm
Where: Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas
They will on the upper deck lookout point. Just listen to the timba blasting from the sound system.

Una Bulla!

San Diego's Performance Team, Cubata, Performing at Salsa Fixation Social Tonight! Fri. Sept 6th

Greetings Casineros!

Yes, we know it's last minute but so was our confirmation to perform at this event. Cubata (Wilfredo's Cuban Dance Performance Team) will be performing at the Salsa Fixation Dance Company Social in Miramesa (San Diego). Below are the details that were advertised to the public. If you can make it, come cheer us on! There is dancing afterwards but I can not guarantee there will be timba, but "you-know-who" who's going make some suggestions to the DJ.

Salsa Fixation Dance company just returned from another successful run at the Palm Springs Salsa Extravaganza. Now revitalized, they have a special Fall Season Kick Off planned!

When: Friday Sept. 6th at 8pm-? Cubata will perform at 9:30pm (See schedule below)

Location: 6635 Flanders Drive SD CA 92121 suite D.

Cost: Drop in $12 for class and showcase; Students $10 for class and showcase
Showcase only $5.00 all.

Event Schedule:
8:00pm - Salsa Essentials- the reality of what you need to do to improve and gain confidence on the dance floor. If you look good you feel good and when you feel good you dance "marvelous." Identify the beat, dance on it. lead it, follow it and more.

8:45pm - Inter Salsa club patterns-learn some new moves, perfect the ones you know and how to look good doing them.

9:30pm - Salsa Fixation Showcase- Line up includes direct from Cuba- "Cubata Dance Company," Salsa Fixation "Fania Tribute," and more.

9:50pm - UCSD Latin Jack & Jill Contest- Winner gets free membership to Salsa Club.

10:00pm - Social dancing till? DJ Morocomix and DJ Salsero.
Awarded "Best of " Salsa Classes in San Diego.

Combo Libertad at Club M inside Hotel Grand Del Mar - Fri Sept 13th

Greetings Casinero and Soneros,
North County's very own son band is playing again (music made known around the world by Buena Vista Social Club, Orquesta Aragon, Arsenio Rodriguez, etc.)  Come dance at this beautiful upscale place called at Club M inside the luxurious Grand Hotel Del Mar on Friday, September 13th.
When: Friday, September 13th 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 valet parking ($10) or walk a couple of minutes from the free hotel parking and you have the whole experience for free....unless you order a drink.

Orquestra La Farandula Playing at Cafe Sevilla

WOW! This is the week to be around in San Diego for live Cuban music. So much going and summer is technically over. It's good to be in San Diego....at least this week. Remember, they will play timba if you ask Walter Meneses.

Orquestra La Farandula is playing at Cafe Sevilla on WEDNESDAY, not Thursday. This is Walter Meneses' event that typically is on Thursdays, but this time tonight! Wednesday. See below for details:
8:00 pm Doors open,
8:30 pm Salsa dance lesson by Alma Latina,
9:30 pm Open dancing with DJ Israel El Lobel, Orq. La Farandula.
Reg. cover $12. Guestlist $7 before 10pm
To get on the guest list. click this link
Cafe Sevilla - 353 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Buena Vista SoCal Club Band Playing SD Pulbic Library Summer Concert Series - Wed Sept 4th

Buena Vista "SoCal" Club

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description: A local San Diego band plays Cuban favorite and "cha cha cha" music! Bring the whole family and enjoy this Caribbean treat!
Contact: North University Community Branch Library 858-581-9637
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Charlie Chavez y Su Afrotruko at Dizzy's - Sat. Sept. 7th

Charlie Chavez y Su Afrotruko are back at Dizzy's in Pacific Beach! Come check out their concert and dance behind the sitting audience. Let's do it right and get out there and support this great band.

Sat Sept 7: ”From Afrotruko to Dizzy Gillespie ” salsa & Latin jazz performed by percussion master Charlie Chavez & his 11 piece salsa band AFROTRUKO featuring lead singers Maguito Chavez &Roberto Lopez W, Doug Meeuwseen trumpet & flugelhorn, Andy Geib trombone & flute, Gabriel Sundy tenor & baritone saxophone, Patrick Escalante trombone, Ignacio Arango bass, Julio Valdes piano, & Tycoon Percussion Artist Charlie Chavez drumset, timbales, coros & direction, with special guest Georges Balmaseda vocals
8PM – $15 cover
This concert will be held at the San Diego Jet Ski Rentals in Pacific Beach

Salsa Cubana - Casino Rueda in Riverside! Wed. Sept 4th

Oye Mi Gente! 
Cuban salsa is spreading out even more...this time to Riverside County! If you are at all in the area on Wednesday nights come learn rueda de casino and dance to timba! Below are the details:
What:  Salsa Cubana - Casino Rueda - Dance with Everyone At the Same Time!
When: Wednesday, September 4, 2013  8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Where: Life Arts Center 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA
            "We are in the basement of the Life Arts Center - In the City Gym"
Organizer: Roland Juarez:  To join his Meet Up Group, click this link.
Una bulla!

LA Cubanada Matinee Cuban Dance Party - Sunday, Sept 8th

If you are itching to dance some timba or anything Cuban and want to drive to Los Angeles (Huntington Park) come and drive up to the party:
LA Cubanada Matinee
Location: San Salvador Restaurant; 3466 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255
Doors open at 2pm (which is why it is a "matinee" dance party!)
Food & drinks available