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Return of The Conga Room

Downtown LatinoLA night spot, set to open December 2008, develops musical partnership with talent-booking powerhouse

Published on LatinoLA: October 14, 2008


Return of The Conga Room


Editor's Note:

Latino music lovers will remember -- it really wasn't that long ago -- the Conga Room on Wilshire off La Brea. Opened in 1998, it closed its doors a couple years back. I went to a few shows: Susana Baca, Poncho Sanchez and a couple comedy showcases come to mind, and I remember its great ambiance, good sound and decent drinks. It's new location in the L.A. Live complex, next to Staples Center, should get dancers, music lovers and the star-gazers out of the house. Can't wait!

- Abelardo, el editor

The Conga Room, widely recognized as the preeminent Los Angeles destination for its vibrant Latin-infused nightclub, restaurant and live entertainment, announced an exclusive talent-booking partnership with entertainment giant, AEG Live and its West Coast booking division, Goldenvoice. The Conga Room will work with AEG Live/Goldenvoice, internationally known as a worldwide leader in concert promotion, special events and touring, to bring world-class acts to the stage.

In anticipation of The Conga Room's opening, Goldenvoice is already hard at work to line up a slate of impressive acts that will bring even more excitement to The Conga Room stage. With a shared desire to showcase international acts from across the musical spectrum, The Conga Room and Goldenvoice are working to book national talent from the Latin and global beat genres, including tropical, Alternative, Electro, Brazilian, World, Jazz, Regional, and more. Olga Ta??on and Toby Love are just a sample of the great acts being booked by The Conga Room talent buyer, Linda Crespo.

The Conga Room's founder and co-owner Brad Gluckstein explains, "We are very excited about the collaboration between the Conga Room and Goldenvoice/AEG Live. Not only is Goldenvoice a powerhouse in the booking arena, it's also a spirited and entrepreneurial company, not unlike The Conga Room itself. With multiple venues in the L.A. LIVE campus and around the world, Goldenvoice/AEG Live has the unique ability to secure commitments from top-name talent.

"The Conga Room is an electrifying space. We're approaching this venue as a hip and intimate setting where acts will enjoy a direct connection with the audience because of the space's layout and size," said Susan Rosenbluth, AEG Live Senior Vice President of Talent Buying. "The Conga Room is such a respected name in Latin entertainment; we believe there are great synergies long-term including tours, growth into other owned and operated AEG venues, and other opportunities as the Latin demographics continue to grow".

The Conga Room has the capability to support musical performances of both epic and intimate proportions. A 576 square-foot stage is supported by the most technologically advanced sound and light systems available. The venue's audio and visual capabilities, including a broadcast control room suspended above one of the bars, will allow for live recordings, webcasts and telecasts. Ample amenities await the performers backstage as well with a green room/hospitality suite situated directly behind the stage and a backstage bar reserved exclusively for performers and their guests.

The Conga Room is set to open its doors to a new location in December 2008 as part of downtown Los Angeles' high-profile entertainment complex, L.A. LIVE. With world-class neighbors that include STAPLES Center, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, CLUB NOKIA, and the L.A. Convention Center. The Conga Room is set to attract an entirely new generation of guests who demand the best that live music and dining have to offer.

Dubbed the Latin House of Blues, the original Conga Room featured the best in local and international Latin artists, uniting patrons seeking great music, dancing, food, drinks and atmosphere. Founded by entrepreneur Brad Gluckstein and co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Rodriguez and Sheila E., the venue is on track to launch at L.A. LIVE, the hot new entertainment complex across from the Staples Center, in early December. Encompassing 15,000 square feet and accommodating 1,000 patrons (nearly three times its former capacity), and boasting onsite TV and radio broadcast capabilities, the Conga Room will scintillate the anticipated 13.5 million complex visitors with world-class performances, pan-Latin cuisine and a distinctive architecture and design motif that aggregates contemporary elements from Mexico, Barcelona and the Caribbean.

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG Live, the nation's second largest concert promotion and touring company is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, fourteen regional offices and numerous state of the art venues nationwide. The company's national promotion arm is currently producing tours and productions including Bette Midler "The Showgirl Must Go On" and Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AEG Live is also presenting two international King Tut tours: "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," and "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" "Recent and upcoming promoted concert tours have included artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, Spice Girls, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, So You Think You Can Dance, Paul McCartney, High School Musical, American Idols Live and The Color Purple: The Musical About Love. In addition, AEG Live now co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Mile High Music Festival in Colorado, Michigan's Rothbury, and many more. The company operates NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas, NOKIA Theatre Times Square, and recently opened NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. For more information, go to aeglive.com.

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