Posted by Olaf on July 05, 2010 at 03:06:52:
In Reply to: Re: Where to go for Wed Salsa On1 posted by CP on June 28, 2010 at 23:06:47:
: Went there last Wed, there were only a few couples to dance, but maybe will try again this week, as it might be a new place and need some time for people to know about it.
Well, in short, there has been a shift to later in the week in Boston in general. SalsaBoston (that's us) ran a Wed. night for eight years, the last four of which were at An Tua Nua. We left there due to issues with the venue and the management, and in part because Ryles opened a competing Wed. which all but stole half our crowd, enough to put us out of business. Since then, a couple of attempts were made by An Tua Nua to restart their night after we left, and then most recently some other folks from the Salsa scene opened the night that's there now ("Risque"), though I understood it to be more of a Bachata/Latin format. I personally haven't been to it, but I thought it was doing okay. Perhaps not from the sounds of it.
Ironically, the Ryles Wed. fizzled a bit too and I don't know what's going on there now, if anything.
Once we left An Tua Nua, we found a would-be great venue in Davis Sq. (Sagra) to move the Wed. night to, but it fizzled after the venue couldn't get the permits to build out the new space we had anticipated, and dancing in the space we had just wasn't suitable. Thereafter, we opened Caribe Thursdays, which took off and likely led to the demise of Ryles Thursdays, which is still going but less so. Ryles at one point had some sort of Salsa/Latin night scheduled six nights a week, which certainly seemed over-extended. Now their main Salsa nights are Tuesday and Sunday, with a solid ballroom night on Sat. that's been going for ten years+.
Additionally throughout all this, Havana Fridays and Saturdays took off and gave people decent weekend options, also eating into the mid-week events. Then most recently, two venues opened in Harvard Square on Fri/Sat, which have even cut into Havana's crowd, in addition to the mid-week nights.
So, that's the long and the short of it!
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