5th Annual MN Salsa Fiesta

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The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Close out summer with the 5th Annual MN Salsa Fiesta, featuring all the top Twin Cities salsa artists performing together for one night of incredible music and dance! Hear the experience mega salsa bands live, see pro dance performances, hear salsa hits spun by a guest DJ, and even sample a fresh rolled cigar on the Cedar patio. It’s the Latin music and dance party of the year!

Doors open at 7 p.m. with DJs and salsa hits. Bring your best shoes for a lively dance lesson from one of the best- Cuban Rene Thompson, former lead dancer at La Tropicana in Havana. At 8 p.m. the music goes live and large. Performing groups will include Charanga Tropical- the first U.S. band to perform at Havana’s Danzón Festival, Rumba del Norte-an authentic Cuban style percussion and voice ensemble, and La Gran Charanga- an 18-piece all-star ensemble featuring 6 horns, 5 violins, 4 singers, and a full Latin rhythm section. Band members include Twin Cities talent from Malamanya, Salsa del Soul, Seven Steps to Havana, QBand, the old Salsabrosa, and more. Also performing will be include Latin jazzer Craig Russo and Cuban singer/pianist Viviana Pintado.

Salsa Fiesta is a coproduction by Salsa Explosion productions and the music group Charanga Tropical. Charanga Tropical is the only American group ever to perform at the International Danzón Festival in Havana, Cuba. As part of the landmark 2015 tour, Charanga Tropical played grand concert halls in Havana, appeared on national Cuban radio, and recorded in studios of Buena Vista Social Club. The resulting CD, “In Cuba” has received rave reviews in both United States and Cuba and is available on www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, and www.charangatropical.com.