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Message From: Olaf Bleck [olaf@salsaboston.com]
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 4:38 PM
Subject: #234: Last cruise of the season Sunday, and Congress Warm Up Party next friday

Hola Salseros!
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Hi All!  Finally got a chance to compile a full update again. 

Mark your calendars, next Fri. is a Congress Warm-up Party at SPRINGSTEP, benefitting Jam'Nastics!  See mailbag, and the congress website www.salsaboston.com/congress

Also, I just got a call from the Regattabar about a great latin blues/jazz concert there tonight with some big name musicians, and they want us all there!  $25 ticket, but if you print this email (just page 1 will do), you can get $15 off an pay only $10.  That's a deal if you ask me!

  Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis with Special
  Guest Dave Valentin

  see mailbag for more details.

Also, tonight El Bembe is open again, on a monthly schedule, as is havana club tonight at BCCA.  More details in the mailbag.

And of course the LAST CRUISE of the season is this Sunday.  Tickets still available, but it's gonna be a BIG CRUISE!

AND......  GOT YOUR CONGRESS TICKETS???  Prices go up on Monday.  Visit the website or call me if you need help  617-513-9841  www.salsaboston.com/congress People are coming from all over!!!!

This issue:
- Salsaboston's events
   Sundays: Salsa Cruises
   Saturday: Noche de Salsa at BCCA
   Wednesday: Sophia's Salsa Night, now with Casino Rueda
   Thursday: "Salsa for Gringos!"
- Sponsor News
- This Week's Mailbag

 SalsaBoston's 4th Annual Salsa Harbor Cruise Series

Check out the cruise website and order tickets at www.salsaboston.com/cruise04

What's new this year?
- Every Sunday through Sept. 12
- Dockside Party starts at 6pm
- Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 7pm-8pm
- Boarding and dancing begins at 7:30, 2 floors, DJ D. Martinez spinning Salsa,
  DJ Michael Mercado with a latin mix of Salsa/Merengue/Bachata/Reggaton/House
- Cruise: 8:15-10:30
- Food onboard, $10 for a plate
- Cash bar
- FREE Afterparty at Sanctuary (across the street)--we found a beautiful lounge with a nice dance floor--DJ Hernan in 'da house!
- All ages

(Regular cruises: $20 at the dock, $15.75 online advance)

Departing Long Warf

 Noche de Salsa @ BCCA

If you haven't heard, it's a whole new concept and it will feature all of BCCA's fabulous instructors dancing there each week and giving the lessons.  In other words, you can expect to see JAM'NASTICS, Hacha Y Machete, Salsa Y Control (with Johnny and Kelly), and SALSAlort there on a regular basis with many of their students and dance company members. Lessons are month by month, so you can develop a sense of continuity with each instructor.

The lessons schedule:
   July:    Johnny and Kelly (Salsa Y Control)
   August:    Hacha Y Machete (tentatively)

*** Noche de la Salsa, @ the BCCA ***
  BCCA  14 Green Street, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
  9:30-10:30 Salsa lessons, all levels, no partner needed.
  10:30-2am, dancing, upstairs with DJ's D. Martinez and Hernan,
           and periodic guest DJ's

Q: Why all this?

A: Well, we have been listening to the feedback from many people for the last 8 months since the BCCA opened, and observed what people want and like, and we came up with this format to put together Boston's ONLY Saturday Salsa Night, and not only that, in a spacious facility with Boston's best dance floors and without all the nightclub hassle.  This is truly an event "by Salseros for Salseros".

Q: Will there be people there?

A: Absolutely!  This night is being put together by four dance companies, two DJ's, SalsaBoston, the BCCA, and many friends.  We intend that this will be the premier Salsa Night on a weekend in Boston with a full house every week!

Q: Where can I find more info about the night, parking, lessons, etc.?

A: Several places:
- Scroll down to the Mailbag item 1 for more reopening info
- Check out www.salsaboston.com/bcca
- Check out the BCCA website www.bccaonline.com
- Call Olaf at 617-513-9841 to make group reservations and if you have specific
- Call BCCA at 617-738-2800 for general information about BCCA, classes, workshops, sponsorship and contributions, and studio rentals for private parties and workshops.

Q: Is there alcohol?

A: No, not at present due to licensing.  However, we don't intend to let that detract from the party, as past experience has shown!  Furthermore that allows the night to be open to all ages, particularly the college people who are left out in the dark by the nightclubs.  BCCA is in the process of seeking a liquor license so that patrons may enjoy some drinks, but this is a long and involved process.  Juice, soda, and water are available, as well as some snacks.  If there is demand, we will be looking into light food service like pizza slices and empanadas, etc.

    SalsaBoston.com presents
    Salsa Night at Sophia's
       Every Wednesday

"Boston's original all Salsa, 'by Salseros for Salseros' hotspot!"

  Boston's first All Salsa club night is now Boston's first
  TWO FLOORS All Salsa club night!
  2 DJ's, 2 Floors, 2 Lessons, Twice the fun!

1270 Boylston St., Boston
(near Kenmore Sq. and Fenway Park)

Every Wed:
NEW!  Casino Rueda classes with JAM'NASTICS 7:45-9:15, introductory and intermediate.  Details: www.salsaboston.com/sophias/rueda.html or scroll down a bit

Following that, Salsa Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 9:15, beginnner and intermediate, no partner necessary.

NEW NEW NEW!  Starting at 9pm, the basement lounge will be open for dancing with a second DJ!  So if you are an early riser, here's your chance!

Salsa until 2am!  Featuring each Wed. each month:
1st    DJ Jose Baron
2nd    DJ Antonio Ortiz
3rd    DJ D. Martinez
4th    DJ Hernan
5th    Guest (when there is a 5th Wed.)

Also, we have a rotation of DJ's in the basement Rumba Room

21+ Proper ID and Dress
$10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson (i.e. $12 before 9pm, $10 after) http://salsaboston.com/sophias

PROPER DRESS REQUIRED, no tshirts, jeans, caps

Salsa Night at Sophia's new includes a Casino Rueda class from 7:45 to 9:00, as part of the night.  We're doing this because Casino Rueda is a blast and we don't see much of it around here. In other words, we want to get it going in this area!  The lessons will be taught by members of JAM'NASTICS.  There will be an introductory lesson concurrent with an ongoing intermediate level class. If you've never done Casino Rueda but know basic Salsa, take the introductory class once or twice and graduate up to the intermediate level.  If you've never danced Salsa at all, Johnny and Kelly's regular Salsa class will of course still be happening as usual from 9:00-10:00.  $12 covers you for the whole night ($10 after 10:00).  If you're an expert and don't plan to take Johnny and Kelly's class, you will have an hour inbetween to practice, have a drink, or get a bite to eat downstairs.

If you've never heard of Casino Rueda, it's an "exhilarating" dance that comes from Cuba via Miami, that can best be described as "Salsa meets square dancing", or "sychronized Salsa".  It's a group Salsa dance, with partners in a circle, there's a caller and and a bunch of moves that everyone knows.  As the dance progresses, everyone does the same moves together, often trading partners as part of it.  The whole thing is a blast!  If you ever danced in Miami, it's extremely popular down there.

More details will be posted in www.salsaboston.com/sophias/rueda.html,
with a video clip as well.

    SalsaBoston.com presents
    "Salsa Salsa for Gringos"
    A dance lesson for... Um....

Thursday night at Sophia's

A lesson designed for true beginners, ESPECIALLY those with two left feet. Learn basic dance fundamentals in addition to Salsa basics.  Taught by Yours truly (Olaf), who was once in your shoes!  We have a good time!

Don't be late!  The first five minutes are the MOST IMPORTANT! Drinks and Tapas at Sophia's 4 star restaurant, 6-9. Come early and have a drink and a bite to eat, makes the lesson more fun!

For group reservations call 617-351-7001 and mention SalsaBoston.


Sponsor News:

Sangria & Salsa is HOT - Red Hot!
Every Friday, salsa your way over to the best social party in town. Our professional dance teacher Rix brings years of experience offering beginner and advanced Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. The fun starts at 7:30pm and NO partner necessary! Optional salsa lessons begin at 8:00pm (8-9 Beginner 9-10 Intermediate) Bring your friends, sip sangria and get ready to salsa all night long. THIS EVENT IS GREAT FOR GROUPS, BACHELOR-ETTE PARTIES, SINGLES or COUPLES ON A DATE.


 This Week's Mailbag

1) Johnny and Kelly, class schedule
2) Special Regatta Bar latin blues/jazz concert tonight
3) El Bembe tonight
4) Congress Warm up party/benefit

The air is getting crisp and the city is full of students…  so it’s time for the Fall session of studio classes to begin! JOHNNY AND KELLY'S FALL SESSION starts NEXT week. Learn sexy salsa moves, turn patterns and funky freestyle footwork. Practice your body movement and isolations. Classes offered at three levels—Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.


Beginner:       Mondays at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
                (starting Sept. 13th)
                Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA)
                14 Green St. in Brookline
                Near the Coolidge Corner T stop on the Green Line
                Public parking lots or street parking available

Beginner:       Thursdays at 8:00pm – 9:30pm
                (starting Sept. 16th)
                Dance Complex
                536 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                Studio 5
                Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                Public parking lots or street parking available
Beginner:       Mondays at 9:15pm – 10:45pm
                (starting Sept. 13th)
                Boston Dance Company
                550 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                3rd floor
                Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                Public parking lots or street parking available
Advanced:       Tuesdays at 9:00pm – 10:30pm
                (starting Sept. 14th)
                Boston Dance Company
                550 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
                3rd floor
                Near the Central Square T stop on the Red Line
                Public parking lots or street parking available

Classes are $15 each or five classes for $60 (within the Fall session).  The session lasts 13-15 weeks, depending on the level.

Please e-mail or call with any questions.
Kelly:  kelly@salsaboston.com, (617) 522-7443
Johnny:  salsumba1@aol.com, (617) 312-6464



Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis with Special Guest Dave Valentin


 Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis
Conrad Herwig, Trombone/Co-Leader
Brian Lynch, Trumpet/Co-Leader
Mario Rivera, Baritone Saxophone
Edsel Gomez, Piano
Ruben Rodriguez, Bass
Robby Ameen, Drums
Pedro Martinez, Percussion/Vcl.

KIND OF BLUE has long been regarded as a touchstone in the annals of popular culture. Arguably, it is Miles Davis's finest work, while enduring as an expression of pure artistic excellence. Standing tall among the recordings that define what jazz is and what it can be, while representing the true meaning of the music to anyone who hears it – Kind of Blue is a perfect vehicle for personal interpretation.

Masterminded by trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch, ANOTHER KIND OF BLUE draws together musicians known for their unfailing expertise in Latin jazz: Mario Rivera, saxophone; Edsel Gomez, piano; John Benitez, bass; Robbie Ameen, drums; Richie Flores on percussion and Special Guests:Paquito D'Rivera on saxophone and Dave Valentin on flute.

Herwig has long been recognized for his primacy on the trombone - as a long-standing member of Palmieri's La Perfecta II and Afro-Cuban Jazz Octet, as an integral part of D'Rivera's Havana-New York Connection, and as the world-class ‘bonist gracing the bands of Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell. Lynch is a world class jazz trumpet master, having performed with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Eddie Palmieri and a host of others.

Dave Valentin Bio--
Even in the genre of music where virtuosity is the rule and not the exception, Dave Valentin stands out. The recent history of contemporary jazz and Latin music has produced scant few instrumentalists as singularly talented, artistically accomplished and popular as this remarkable musician, composer, arranger, and band leader. Indeed, for almost two decades, the role of the flute in Latin jazz has all but been defined by this native New Yorker whose total command of Latin and non-Latin styles makes him unique in the world today.

Born in the South Bronx in 1952 to Puerto Rican parents from the city of Mayaguez, Valentin studied percussion at New York City's High School of Music and Art before taking up the flute at the age of 16. Private lessons with master jazz and classical flutist Hubert Laws and early professional work with some of the leading Latin bands of the day quickly established the young musician as a rising star on his instrument.

In 1979, at the age of 26, he recorded his first album as a leader, initiating an uncommonly successful and long-running association with GRP, a contemporary jazz label noted for its all-star roster and pioneering role in digital recording technology. The partnership produced 16 albums and solidified Valentin's position as one of the best selling Latin instrumental artists of the era, as documented by a Grammy nomination and selection by the readers of JAZZIZ Magazine for six consecutive years as the top flutist in jazz.

Valentin's success stems from his eagerness to investigate and absorb any style of music. Having long mastered the common European model of flute, recent live performances and recordings have found him successfully experimenting with a growing collection of bamboo, wooden and porcelain flutes from cultures around the world.

Mango Blue's Old School Salsa off-shoot

Appearing at:

Boston's Hottest Latin Night

9:00 pm  Salsa/Merengue dance Lesson
10:00 pm  Salsa/Merengue DJ and Live Music by MANGUITO

Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
85 West Newton Street, South End, Boston
Tickets: $ 12.00

Shuttle Service for Parking available

Info:  617-927-1730


Friday September 17th, Boston Salsa Congress Pre-Party and JAM'NASTICS Benefit @ Springstep

Join the party at this beautiful new facility in Medford.  This event will be the "official warm-up" for the Boston Salsa Congress, plus, proceeds will support JAM'NASTICS  Programs for Youth, so don't miss it!   The evening will begin with lessons, and the party will feature a rotation of All-Star DJs.  Comenzar de Nuevo, the training group of Salsa Encendida, will DEBUT their new routine.  Special performances by Salsa Encendida will also be featured.  Sponsored by HavanaClub and SalsaBoston.com.  Plenty of parking.

Rueda Lesson: 8:00PM
Salsa Lesson: 9:00PM
DJ and Dancing: 10:00PM
Performances: 11:30PM
Festivities end: 2:00AM

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door


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