Meet Mr. Awesome at the Rose City Salsa Festival!

Mr. Awesome Challenge at the Rose City Salsa Festival

Mr. Awesome Challenge at the Rose City Salsa Festival

There will be a team competition for a $1000 cash prize at the Rose City Salsa Festival. What do you think his chances are of winning? You think you can outperform the one and only Mr. Awesome???

Heard About the Rose City Salsa Festival Yet?

Here’s a sneak peak at their promo video:

: Rose City Salsa Festival- More information to come later!

Salsa Extravaganza & Singing Afterwards???

Portland Village School

Portland Village School

Tomorrow’s shaping up to be a pretty interesting evening.  First there’s the Salsa Extravaganza Fundraiser which will benefit children and families of Portland Village School. Scheduled to perform are Ritmo Latino PDX, Son Latino Pdx, Rumba y Cache, and ultimately Los Peques de la Salsa!!  (Which is great because now you have kids helping kids!).  The nice thing about this event is that it is scheduled early; starting around 7:30pm to half past 10pm.

George teaching class

George teaching class

Essentially this will give George Caceres plenty of time to warm up as he takes the stage around 10 pm at Aztec Willies providing the vocals for Afincando.  As opposed to showing us how to dance with his fancy footwork, this time instead he’s going to be  inspiring us to dance as he swoons us with his melodic chops!

On Saturday there’s even more Salsa madness occurring with Melao de Cuba’s Birthday,  Noche de Timba, & Noche de Sabor Latino all on the same day!- to find out more about these events check out:  pdxsalsa.com/events

Halloween + Salsa + Portland = Scary Ghouly Times!

Wow- it’s just dawning on me that officially  Halloween isn’t until this Sunday yet the chance to wear your outfit begins tonight!  Beginning with Portland Dancesport’s Halloween’s Dance Party at 8:30pm to 10:30pm in the Sellwood area of Portland.  And for only $5 bucks you get a class on Dips and Tricks, some Halloween munchies and also a chance to bust out your brand new skills with some social dancing afterwards.  From there you can take your groove to Santa Fe’s SOS Social to celebrate Catherine Wurdack and Jason Bettle’s Birthdays.

Tomorrow  at Aztec Willies Colombian Nights is yet another venue option where you can wear your outfit and strut your zombie feet to the cumbia/ reggaeton tropical beats!  But because deep down we’re all fanatics about the clave rhythms you might want to revist Aztec on Saturday- not sure any Halloween special’s going on there other than Salsa- but I doubt they’d mind if you showed up in your best scariest outfit to tear it up!

aztec willies

aztec willies

Speaking of costumes, if you feel yours could tops everyone else’s you might want to enter yourself into The Conga Club’s Best Halloween Costume Contest There’s a $200 prize if you win!

Conga Club Halloween_Salsa_Party

Conga Club Halloween_Salsa_Party

Finally you can officially celebrate Halloween on Sunday evening with at least three different options.  Depending on how early you want to get started or perhaps based on whats closer to you, you could begin with either The Ballroom Dance Company’s Halloween Dance Party in Tigard or Cha Cha Cha’s usual Sunday evening Salsa party in Milwaukee.  both of these beginning around 7:30 or so. Cha Cha Cha’s takes the pressure off the Halloween slackers by allowing all with or without a costume to come sweat the night away.

Ballroom Halloween Party

Ballroom Halloween Party

cha cha cha

cha cha cha

From either one of those venues the final stop is at Hobnob ’s Halloween= Salsa Dance Party off of Belmont and 34th! A couple of great things about this event:  first its an official Salsa Meetup event with George Caceres of Sabor Latino teaching the intro lesson; second it starts early and relatively ends early for those of us who have to get up early in the morning the next day; finally it’s a fundraiser to benefit the Friends of the Nicaraguan Project.  Whatever you do don’t be one of those people who show up late otherwise you’re going to get the stinker look :-P !

Review of the Conga Club- Rochelle Lessner

The search for the perfect dance floor is over- The opening of the new Conga Club could not have been better. Lines formed around the corner even before the doors opened and the place got packed.   This spot was designed and built purely to be a phenomenal dance and live music venue, and it shows!

Dance Floor at the New Conga Club

Dance Floor at the New Conga Club Photo- Marissa Comella

The specially-designed dance floor is smooth-as-butter and a treat for the eyes. It’s well-configured and the stage is large and semi-circular so you can see the whole band at one time, and feel like you’re dancing right there with them. There is a big balcony overlooking the dance floor for everyone who wants to kick back, watch the floor or enjoy a private moment in a dark corner.

New Conga Club Stage

New Conga Club Stage Photo- Marissa Comella

Local salsa band Barrio Latino opened the Conga Club with two sets of hot Puerto Rican style salsa that had the floor jumping. A great performance by Nelio from Satin-n-Latin got the crowd pumped for many more hours of dancing. There was a phenomenal energy in the place, especially as DJ Roger Rumba thanked his team, celebrated the achievement of a long-standing dream and showed his appreciation to the salsa community here for helping to establish a permanent salsa home in Portland.

Salsa will be happening at the Conga Club every Saturday night, with other styles of music other nights.  The Conga Club will be a full-time venue, so look forward to more special events, live performances, workshops, you name it. Congrats to all at the Conga Club–we look forward to many hours of sweet salsa there and so much more!

Salsa Dancers at the New Conga Club

Salsa Dancers at the New Conga Club Photo- Marissa Comella