“Maybe listening to salsa will not erase your problems, but, it will make you smile even if you don’t want to. Because salsa is happy, and you cannot help but enjoy it.” I was born in Cali, Colombia, the ‘Salsa Capital of the World.’ Salsa is in my blood and when I hear that first trumpet sound or that first timbale hit, I can’t help but tap my foot to the rhythm. It’s inherent. I grew up listening to amazing salsa bands like Grupo Niche, Fania All-Stars, Joe Arroyo, Willie Colón, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and so many more. It was what my dad would put on while we hang out at the house or during family get-togethers. As soon as the music would come on you could feel the atmosphere start to get filled with happiness. That’s what salsa music does. It’s lively, it’s happy, it’s romantic, it brings people together. it’s so many things.
Perhaps, and it’s really no surprise why but, one of my favorite events in Addison each year is the Vitruvian Salsa Festival. During the month of August, each Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the amphitheater at Vitruvian Park turns into a giant salsa stage. Each week a different salsa band will bring the party to the thousands of music lovers that attend this event. And as if the live bands weren’t enough, there are also live DJs, food trucks and much more for guests to enjoy.
You might ask, “But what if I don’t know how to salsa?”
Don’t worry, there will be free salsa lessons each Saturday! So even if you’ve never danced salsa before, this is your chance to learn and have fun with thousands of others. Salsa lessons are from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Let’s talk about the live band line up for the festival!
On August 3 Houston Latin fusion band Bamuayā will be bringing the party.
According to their Facebook page, Bamuayā is a “Latin fusion group based out of Texas. With musicians from all over Latin America and the United States, our goal is to perform high-energy salsa for the dancing community at events, clubs, and festivals. Check our page often for info on upcoming performances!”
Aug. 10, another Houston artist, Angelucho’s CopaCabana will perform for the salsa lovers.
According to NumberOneMusic.com, “Angel “Angelucho” Bermudez has long been Houston’s most elegant Salsa artist and boasts one of the most commanding voices on the scene — a graceful baritone that handles slow Boleros with romanticism and lively Salsa tunes with verve. His vibrant interpretations of the hot modern Latin rhythms with resonating brass and piano runs hearkens back to the golden age of Cuban music in the 1950s.” www.angeluchocopacabana.com
Aug. 17, Tumbaka will have everyone dancing the night away.
“‘Crocro y su Tumbaká’ is a multicultural musical group founded by Jorge ‘CroCro’ Orta in 2010, which just released its first CD in 2014. Crocro y su Tumbaká was formed with the ambition to do something different in the city of Houston in the Salsa genre to interpret different tropical style music of recognized groups and singers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s; however, in its first CD Tumbaká interprets songs with echoes of Latin-jazz, percussion solos, batá, son, güarachas and opera/salsa, which has resulted in a wealth of sounds and musical colors.” www.tumbaka.com
Finally, on Aug. 24 Addison’s own Havana NRG will close the festival out the only way they know how, by bringing their incredible energy and charisma to the stage and making sure everyone has an amazing time.
“Celebrating 16 years of great success, Havana NRG! continues to be one of the strongest up-and-coming Latin orchestras of the world. A lot has happened since our debut in Dallas in the summer of 2002. Not only have we been fortunate enough to perform in every major venue and public event in the State of Texas, but we have also traveled to the surrounding states and as far as New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco. We have also produced our debut CD, Camino al Cielo, which, to ours and the industry’s surprise, has become very popular in many US markets and in countries like Japan, Italy, and others. A video release followed in December of 2004.” www.havananrg.com
Parking for this event is $10 and will be available at Vitruvian Park – Bella Lane Parking Lot and at the Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex. Per Vitruvian Park, please make note that “event parking is strictly prohibited at communities; Addison Apartments at the Park, Fiori, Savoye, Savoye Squared, and Vitruvian West. Signage positioned on Spring Valley Road and Vitruvian Way for your convenience; follow to designated parking locations.”
So, make sure not to miss this amazing music festival! Come out and party with the rest of Addison and guests from all over the state and nation! It will be a party you won’t ever forget!