Francisco Aguabella Tiene Tumbao

At the Museum of the American West

By Yadhira De Leon
Published on LatinoLA: August 9, 2004

Francisco Aguabella Tiene Tumbao

Francisco Aguabella and his Latin Jazz Ensemble moved the crowd Thursday evening at the Autry National Center?s Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. Performing songs from Aguabella?s latest albums, ?Cubacan? and ?Agua de Cuba?, the six-member band demonstrated that they can keep up with the master conguero?s fierce rhythms. Between sets, Laura Canellias provided an energizing dance lesson that filled up the plaza with all those eager to get on the dance floor.

Then, with Aguabella back on stage, there was no stopping the newly trained salsa dancers who spun and shook until 9 p.m. under the bronze statue of Gene Autry and Champion in the Museum Plaza. The Singing Cowboy would have been happy to see all the folks having a blast at the museum. Plenty of food and drink (try the melon margaritas!) was available all evening long to reenergize the weary dancers.

Entrance to each Sizzling Summer Night is a mere five dollars and doors open at 6 p.m.?perfect for after work. So, next Thursday night, on August 12, round up all your coworkers and head over to the Museum of the American West in Griffith Park for a Sizzling Summer Night with Octavio Figuero & Willie Cadenas y La Combinaci?n! Arrive early for best seating!

The remaining schedule features:

August 12: Octavio Figueroa & Willie Cadenas y La Combinaci?n
August 19: Jos? Caridad ?Perico? Hernandez y Son de la Tierra
August 26: Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad

The Museum of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles, across from the L.A. Zoo, with plenty of FREE PARKING.

About Yadhira De Leon:
Visit http://www.museumoftheamericanwest.org/visit for driving directions. Admission to the museum galleries is free on Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m.

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