The Salsa Rueda Festival presents an ALL-star lineup of bands an djs for your enjoyment
Created by drummer and director Leo Garcia, the Timbalive project burst onto Miami’s music scene in 2008 offering the best in Cuban music while incorporating rhythms from around the world.
Many of the band members rose through the ranks through famous Cuban music schools and have been fortunate to have played with well known artists such as Willy Chirino, Isaac Delgado, Grupo Afrocuba, Carlos Manuel, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Pablo FG and Oscar de Leon. Timbalive's first album, “From Miami a la Habana,” was heralded as the one of the most important and dynamic compilations of the year and cemented the band's status as one of timba's great voices.
Yeni Valdés is the first woman member of the most famous and longest-running Timba band, Los Van Van. She was also the first woman member of the second most famous and second longest running Timba band, NG La Banda!
She's a strong lead vocalist and corista but is perhaps most highly regarded as an improviser. With NG she was sometimes known to walk out among the tables and dance floor with a cordless microphone and improvise for 20 minutes straight, interracting with the crowd and inventing her guías in reaction to their reactions.
Bay Area All-Stars
The Bay Area Salsa Timba All-Stars is the only San Francisco Bay Area based All-Star band whose sole focus is to perform high-energy contemporary Cuban Dance Music. This 16-piece powerhouse was compiled by Timbalero Patricio Angulo in early 2013, who was inspired by the many amazing Cuban acts that have toured through the SF Bay Area with their Parliament Funk sized acts.
Mr. Angulo, having full faith that the Bay Area can match that energy output and stage show, sought out the very best in the Bay Area's Latin scene in order to bring the dancers an unforgettable night of non-stop ritmo, despelote and manana inspired takes of the current Cuban repertoire.
DJ WALT DIGZ
DJ Dark Rum
DJ El Gato Volador
Please note that full access passes, limited access passes, and party passes can be purchased at the Festival registration desk at Hotel Whitcomb during the festival. Cash only.
Admission to the nightly parties can be paid at the door each night. Cash only.
Thursday Party: $25
Friday Party: $35
Saturday Party: $40
Sunday Party: $25