The Main Salsa Event

This weekend's Salsa Congress combines great live music with exciting dancing

By Dena Burroughs
Published on LatinoLA: May 19, 2002

The Main Salsa Event

Without a doubt, the main Salsa event this month (and for some of us, the event of the year), will be the 2002 West Coast Salsa Congress to be held on May 24 through 26. For the fourth year in a row, Albert Torres Productions brings to Los Angeles three nights filled with talented musicians and dance performers, as well as the right set-up for all in attendance to dance ?til we drop?.

Those who love salsa most likely recognize big names such as La Sonora Carruseles (May 24), Jose Alberto ?El Canario? (May 25), and Oscar deLeon (May 26). How many times have you danced to songs like ?Ave Maria Lola?, ?A la hora que me llamen voy? or ?Lloraras?? This month, you and I have the opportunity to see them, hear them, and dance to their great music LIVE, at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood.

I have attended each of the past three Congresses, and I can assure you that each one has been great and gotten progressively better. It has been wonderful to see people from all over the world gathered together on account of their common love for Salsa. This year promises to be the best yet, since besides the outstanding musical artists scheduled, there are dance teams coming over from places as far away as Puerto Rico, Japan, France, Australia, Sweden, Hong Kong and Argentina.

The Salsa Congress is also a great opportunity to see our local talent. If you have ever gone to the Mayan or the Conga Room, chances are you have seen Son Mayor perform. Son Mayor will be playing at the Congress on Friday May 24. On Saturday May 25, Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad will play, with Ray de la Paz as guest singer.

Johnny Polanco is a great musician. His latest CD ?Pa?l Bailador? has gone through the roof. As a matter of fact, ?Pa?l Bailador? is now under consideration for a Latin Grammy award in the ?Best Tropical CD? category, and its song ?Guaguanco con Rumba? in the ?Best Tropical Song? category. And we get to hear it live! Our local talent also includes several dance teams, which will be performing throughout the event.

Congress? passes will be $30 on Friday, and $35 both on Saturday and Sunday. Yes, this is more than what we normally pay at a club, but I guarantee you -- it will be worth every penny! You will enjoy wonderful live music and the selections of local and visiting talented DJs, You will see awesome dance performances, shop around vendor booths (full with unique items such as dance shoes, T-shirts, dresses, shirts, jewelry, etc.), and most importantly, you will get to meet and dance with possibly the liveliest and happiest group of Latinos and Latin music lovers that you will ever see.

Oh! And did I tell you? Each night goes on until 4:00 a.m.!

Mark your calendars. If you have missed the others, do not miss this year?s Congress!

The Hollywood Park Casino is located at 3883 West Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303. You can buy your tickets at the door, or you can pre-purchase them. For more information as to how to purchase tickets, or to find out more on what the Salsa Congress entails, you can visit Albert Torres? website at http://alberttorresevents.com/home.htm

See you at the Congress!!!

About Dena Burroughs:
LatinoLA Correspondent Dena Burroughs loves salsa! Any comments to rumberatica@yahoo.com

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