Take a picture, it will last longer

3 Sep

Well, this year’s Salsa en la Calle has come and gone, and a great time was enjoyed by one and all. Great music, great dancing, and we could not have asked for better weather, right? In case you missed it – or just want to refresh your memory of the terrific time we all shared, here are a few photos.

Catch you all again next year!

Brandon the Salsero

DJ Ernesto greets fans at Salsa en la Calle

DJ Ernesto aka Ernesto of Ritmo Latino Dance Company

Salsa con Rumba Dance Company

Shannon and Ioan

The lovely Shannon and, oh, never mind.

For more great pics, check out these links:

https://picasaweb.google.com/117713912864933623731/SalsaEnCalleAugust2011?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCM–yqOWlrqkrQE&feat=directlink  (photos courtesy of Beth Wheeler)

And as always, our friends Paco and Oscar from PDXLatino have some great albums to share on their website.


Mauricio and Monica


This is what Salsa en la Calle is all about

Dave the Mixologist

Beth and Jose


Don’t know your left foot from your right?

26 Aug

Don’t let the fact that you don’t know how to dance salsa keep you from enjoying this year’s Salsa en la Calle. As in years past, this years event will include free salsa dance lessons all day long! This is an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best salsa instructors in Portland. The kids can join in too, because the lessons are open to everyone. In just a few quick, fun lessons, you’ll learn the basics behind the some of the world’s most popular dances, including salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, salsa and bachata.

Classes take place just south of the Main Stage area. Here’s the lesson schedule for this year:

12:00 – 1:00PM – Erick & Catherine
Let Erick and Catherine of Salsa con Coco Dance Company introduce you to the basics of this lively Latin dance. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, as Erick likes to say, “Just make sure you only move one of them at a time.”

1:00 – 2:00PM – Remos Reynosa
If you can count to 2, you can merengue. This simple dance has its origins in the Caribbean, where African slaves would move together while chained at the ankles. How’s that for a history lesson!

2:00 – 3:00PM – Erick & Catherine
Erick and Catherine return to the dance center at 2 pm to present their popular salsa class. This is a fun class, regardless of your dance ability.

3:00 – 4:00PM – Ricardo Linell
Ricardo Linnell takes over at 3 pm to show how to incorporate simple upper body movements into your dance routines. With Ricardo’s fun, easy-to-follow approach, you’ll be looking like a salsero in no time.

4:00 – 5:00PM – Joni Trujano(NEW!)
Zumba is the latin dance exercise that is sweeping the nation. Come learn why in this first ever Zumba class!

5:00 – 6:00PM – Casino Teachers
Think of American Square Dancing and Salsa mixed together. Got it? That’s sort of the concept behind Casino Rueda, where dancers dance in groups of 8 or more as a group leader calls out the steps. It’s a lot of fun and these local Casino Rueda teachers make it easy .

6:00 – 7:00PM – Nelio Capuia
Let Nelio Capuia of Satin & Latin Dance Company teach you the basics behind the sexiest latin dance of all – the Bachata.

7:00 – 8:00PM – Ana Villaraldo
Intermediate Footwork SALSA
Ana Villaraldo has been teaching salsa for years. Her group – Los Peques de la Salsa, the Little Salsa Dancers, are acclaimed throughout the Northwest for their exciting choreography and energetic performances. Let her show you how to add flair to your personal dance style.

Come out and enjoy all the lessons, and bring a friend. It’s always more fun with a partner!

Mr Nota returns to Salsa en la Calle 2011

13 Aug

Making a return musical engagement at this year’s Salsa en la Calle will be special Latin artist Mr Nota. Born in Panama City, Panama, Mr Nota moved to the United States in 2004. Since then, he has been creating music non-stop in his studio  – aptly named 20Four7Music – and performing live throughout the Northwest. This year’s Salsa en la Calle marks Mr Nota’s second appearance at the musical festival.

Mr Nota

Mr Nota to join Salsa en la Calle 2011

While his musical stylings run the gamut from hip hop to Latin, Mr Nota is perhaps best known for his reggaeton, which always gets the crowd to its feet.

Click here to download his songs for free.

Or, check out his remix of Loca People now playing on YouTube.

Mr Nota will be joining other live musical guests including Conjunto Alegre’, Latin Groove Youth Ensemble, Los Rumberos del Caribe, Guaschara, Cambalache and the featured attraction of this year’s Salsa en la Calle: Adolsecent’s Orquesta.

Salsa en la Calle 2011 to feature 12 hours of hot salsa

9 Aug
If you like your salsa on the hot and spicy side - or
muy caliente for my Spanish-speaking amigos,then adding
Salsa en la Calle to your Summer To Do Calendar is a
no brainer. This year's event will feature no fewer
than six - that right, count 'em - six great bands.

You've probably already heard by now that this year's 
headline attraction will be Adolescent's Orquestra, an
all-boy band from Venezuela that is arguably one of
the most popular bands in the world. Joining them
on stage will be five of the Northwest's finest salsa
bands, including:Cambalache, Los Rumberos del Caribe,
Latin Groove Youth Ensemble Project, Guaschara and
Conjunto Alegré. Two of the bands, Cambalache and Guaschara,
are Seattle-based bands that are quickly growing strong
followings here in the Rose City.
With an admission price of just $15, this is the best
entertainment value in town. After all, where else can
you enjoy 12 straight hours of LIVE, sizzling salsa for
just 15 bucks? [insert cricket sounds]

So mark your calendars for Sunday, August 28. And get
ready for the hottest salsa party of the Summer!


Conjunto Alegré

Conjunto Alegré to join Adolescent's Orquestra at Salsa en la Calle 2011

Salsa en la Calle 2011 set for Sunday, August 28

19 Jul
Adolescent's Orquesta to headline Salsa en la Calle 2011

Adolescent's Orquesta

The i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed, and it’s now official: Salsa en la Calle is set for Sunday, August 28th. For the uninitiated, Salsa en la Calle (otherwise known as “Salsa in the Street”) is the largest one-day festival of Latin music and culture in the Pacific Northwest. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet.

This year’s headline attraction will be Adolescent’s Orquesta, a 14-piece salsa romantica group that has been filling dance floors and concert venues the world over since 1995. The group is comprised of young Venezuelan men between 18 and 26 years of age. But make no mistake: this aint Menudo. The band cooks like seasoned professionals with out-of-control brass, breakneck percussion, and manic dance moves that could lure a quadraplegic onto the the dance floor.  Led by four singers and the highly talented band leader Porfi Baloa, Adolescent’s Orquesta definitely knows how to bring it.

The band first gained popularity in the late 90’s with hits such as “Anhelo” and “Persona Ideal.” Now, a decade later, the band is still at the top of the charts with major hits that include “Se Acabó el Amor” and “En Aquel Lugar” and many, many more.

Salsa en la Calle 2010

Salsa en la Calle 2010

Once again, Salsa en la Calle will be held under the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge at the Eastbank Esplanade. (Click here for driving directions.) In addition to featuring the Northwest’s top Latin musical artists, Salsa en la Calle offers something for everyone, including arts and crafts, fabulous food booths, and a beer garden. Plus, free salsa lessons are held throughout the day by some of the area’s top instructors and dance teams.

And don’t forget, if  you plan to dance – and who doesn’t – be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you will be dancing in the street and not on a wood floor.

Keep posted for more information, including tickets, dance performances, lessons and other special events!