l.a. live on the Horizon

Conga Room expands its concept of live Latino entertainment

Published on LatinoLA: September 25, 2005

l.a. live on the Horizon

The Conga Room, L.A.?s world-renowned Latin nightclub and live entertainment venue will open an expanded concept of its original Wilshire Boulevard location at l.a. live, in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the STAPLES Center. l.a. live, developed by an affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is a more than $1 billion, four million square-foot Downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district development project considered the largest investment in the history of Los Angeles.

?Diversity is the lifeblood of our vibrant city, ? said Jimmy Smits (pictured with LA City Council President Alex Padilla and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa). ?The Conga Room is proud to partner with l.a. live to showcase its unique brand of Latin culture and music.?

In addition to Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E., Paul Rodriguez and Bobby Bonilla are among the celebrity investors of the upscale nightclub which first opened its doors in 1998 at its current Wilshire Boulevard location.

The Conga Room is currently in discussions with media partners to develop programming as an exciting new area of business that will include on-site, daily programming similar to MTV?s TRL, The Conga Room Shows, and special events.

?In addition to presenting the best in Latin music, The Conga Room will bring together the music, culture and fashion to expanded audiences, incorporating television and radio broadcast capabilities within our venue, ? said Brad Gluckstein, CEO, The Conga Room.

Smits, joined by Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO, Anschutz Entertainment Group; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla; Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry; Mark Liberman, President and CEO, LA Inc.; Carol Schatz, President and CEO, Central City Association; Neil Portnow, President, Recording Academy and GRAMMY? Foundation; and Jo Harlow, Vice President of Marketing, Nokia; took golden shovels in-hand to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony held at the future l.a. live location. Brad Gluckstein, CEO, The Conga Room, also participated in the day?s celebratory activities.

Over the years, The Conga Room has showcased many top Latin entertainers of various musical genres including tropical, rock en espa?ol, jazz and regget?n. Latin music legends that have graced The Conga Room stage have included Celia Cruz, the Buena Vista All Stars, Andy Garcia presenting Cachao, and Carlos Santana, as well as playing host to such notable events as the 2001 Latin GRAMMY? Awards. La Boca at The Conga Room features Nuevo Latino cuisine that has earned critical-acclaim from top restaurant reviewers.

The Conga Room at l.a. live will be designed as a two-story building, with direct views into Nokia Plaza; north of STAPLES Center bordered by Figueroa Street on the east end and Olympic Boulevard on the north. It will feature an estimated 6,500 square feet of ground floor restaurant space as well as radio broadcast facilities. The venue will also feature approximately 9,200 square feet of upstairs live entertainment and nightclub space that will include a large performance stage, several bars, and a 2,000 square foot, state-of-the-art programming facility. Construction is scheduled to commence immediately with an estimated 18-month window for completion.

The Conga Room?s current location is 5364 Wilshire Boulevard (2 blocks west of La Brea) in the historic Miracle Mile District in Los Angeles. Featuring world-class international Latin music acts in an elegant and comfortable setting, The Conga Room is available for corporate parties, movie openings, social and business events. For concert and private party information, contact the box office at (323) 938-1696.

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