Allegro Ballroom - Boogalu Lounge Salsa-Timba-Bachata-Cha Cha Night in Orange County - Fri. June 6th

And the events keeping on coming! I love it! This time, there is an event with TIMBA music mixed into a mainstream salsa/bachata night in Orange County at the Boogaloo Lounge inside the Allegro Ballroom in Placentia. This event will happen every first Friday of the month.  The event page from the Allegro Ballroom says the following!!!

"Attention Casineros: by popular demand, we have just added a Timba room!!!
For those who are not familiar, Casino is essentially Cuban Salsa dancing. You can do it as a single couple, or in a group as Rueda de Casino. Of course, you can still dance good old-fashioned Salsa to Timba music as well, so you'll be able to move freely between both rooms as you please. Some of Southern California's coolest Casineros will be there, featuring a great Timba and Casino-friendly Salsa music selection by DJ DamiƔn "el Salsuero". Tell all your Casino friends there's a night for them now in O.C."

Here are the details:
WHAT: Salsa - Timba - Bachata - Cha Cha & More! Dance Event in Orange County
8-9:30pm Casino (Cuban salsa)/Rueda class (THEY HAVE A TIMBA ROOM!)
WHEN: Friday, June 6th
COST: $8.00 includes all classes and complementary beverages!
THEME ATTIRE: There seems to be a dress theme for this. The flyer says "Wear any nautical, beach or under the sea attire"

Rueda de Casino Night in Tijuana Every Friday and Saturday

Now there is an option to dance south of the border. In Tijuana, there is a Cuban salsa/rueda de casino class and social at La Antigua Bodega de Papel every Friday and Saturday nights. I am adding this to the blog under Dance Instructors tab and to announce their Friday and Saturday events. Los Guayaberos are amazing casineros and really fun and super nice, let's all go and support their events!
Here are the details:

WHAT: Casino/Rueda Class and Dancing Afterwards in Tijuana
WHEN: Every Friday and Saturday from 9pm-10pm, then dancing afterwards
WHERE: Antigua Bodega De Papel in Tijuana - It's on Calle 11(also know as Plutarco Elias Calles) 2012 between Av Revolucion and Francisco I. Madero, Zona Central de Tijuana, Mexico.  Call for More Info (664)634-0310

Below are some cool picture inside and outside of Antigua Bodega de Papel
Inside Antigua Bodega de Papel Dancing Rueda
Inside Antigua Bodega de Papel

Outside Antigua Bodega de Papel

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Real Cuban music) at Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Park - Fri. Aug 15th

It is a San Diego tradition for our casineros to meet up at the salsa band events over the summer in Carlsbad so we can invade the dance floor with our Cuban moves and our happy dancing feet.  All friends and visiting/traveling casineros, come dance with us to REAL CUBAN music this time! Check out his music videos.  

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca With Cuban jams, afro-pop and a little salsa, Lemvo and his group Makina Loca create a seamless blend of rhythmic traditions. Check out their website for more info.

Below are the details:
WHAT: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca - world dance at Carlsbad Concerts at the Park
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 15 6:00pm-8:00pm (Get there one hour EARLY because it takes a while to park and take the shuttles to get to the park). 
WHERE: Calavera Hills Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive, 92010

Casinero Invasion at Club M's Salsa Night TONIGHT Thurs, May 29th

The last Thursday of the month is Salsa Night at Club M. This time it's a new band but it's not son and it's not Combo Libertad. BUT, there will be a casinero/rueda invasion tonight because there will be a large group going tonight from Tim Snedekeer's rueda class going and some of Maritza's past rueda student and many of our casino-dancing friends will be there. There is a table reserved by Cathy Baquet so keep an eye out of the casineros and introduce yourself to them as they are a very friendly crowd. Below are the details:
When: Thursday, May 29th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Grand Hotel Del Mar at Club M
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA
Cost: No cover but there is valet parking ($10) OR you can walk a couple of minutes from the FREE hotel parking lot and you have the whole experience for free....unless you order a drink.

Una Bulla!

Havana Haven: a Cuban Yoga + Food Experience with Afro Cuban Jazz - Sat. June 28th

This was on the announcement from about this event:

Are you a fan of the Buena Vista Social Club? Can you Rumba down the street and have a thing for 50's cars? If sitting through a marathon of Che and reading Hemingway seem like a good time just wait until our Cuba night flow.  Let us take you on a magic flight of cuban sounds, cafecito time, and the warming smells of fresh tobacco, plantines and Shout Viva la YOGA RevoluciĆ³n through the halls!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Yoga + Food + Afro Cuban Jazz Event
WHEN: Friday, June 28, 2014 - 7pm-10:00pm
COST: $55 per person / $45 Early Bird  (before 6/13/2014); Click this link to pay for your tickets online

For information about this place and all their events, go to their events home page.

Rumba Party at Silfredo La O Vigo's House - Sunday, June 29th at 3pm

Atencion Rumberos y Casineros,
Silfredo's Rumba Party has been moved to the following week. Please make a note of it.  Our very own Master AfroCuban Dance Instructor, Silfredo La O Vigo, is graciously opening his house and art studio for a Rumba Party with some live music, incredibly fun Cuban salsa suelta and a lot of casino and rueda de casino. His art studio (a.k.a. garage) is a perfect place for dancing. Details are listed below:

WHAT: Rumba Party at Silfredo La O Vigo's Home & Art Studio
WHEN: Sunday, June 29th at 3:00pm
WHERE: 711 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92102
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring something to share (food or drinks)

Curuye's June Cuban Salsa Timba Dance Party - June 1st

The weekend of May 31st and June 1st will be filled with Cuban music dance opportunities. Sunday June 1st is the Curuye dance party. If you have not been to one of these parties, make an effort to participate and join in on this wonderful dance party. You will NOT regret it! Below are the details
WHAT: Curuye's Cuban Salsa Timba Dance Party
WHEN: Sunday, June 1st 2014 5:00pm-10:00pm
COST: $10.00

SalsAtlanta 3-Day Cuban Party - Best Cuban Salsa Congress in Atlanta, GA - Jun 28-30

Oye Mi Gente!
I hope you have been saving your money for the SalsAtlanta 3-Day Cuban party on June 27-29. There is still time to get your ticket! Don't wait! Get your  ticket NOW!
There is a page dedicated to help you with finding airfare flights for this event. Right now From SAN to ATL (round-trip) on American Airlines is $364.00.

Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son in LA: CANCELED


WHAT: Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son Concert
WHEN: Saturday, May 24, 2014 (Doors open at 9:00pm)
WHERE: 333 Live - 333 S. Boylston St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
COST: $25.00 Purchase your tickets on this link

If you are wondering who they are, many of you have danced to their music learning rueda or casino. Here is a video of one of their most well-known songs "Para Bailar Casino" - You will need Abobe Flash to watch this.

Legendary Juan Formell of Los Van Van Passed Away at 71 - Big Loss for Cuba

A big legend in Cuban music history died yesterday. Juan Formell from Los Van Van passed away at 71 years. I will always love and play the music of Juan Formell y Los Van Van for the rest of my life. Los Van Van was the first timba I heard that made me want to hear more. One of the best musicians and a mentor to many Cuban musicians of our time. has the article about his passing and legacy. Click on this link to read more.
In solidarity, let's all get out our Van Van music and play it loud so Juan Formell knows we love what he gave this to that fills our souls.