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  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

Charanga Tropical & Salsa Explosion Present

5th Annual Minnesota Salsa Fiesta

Sunday, September 2, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

All Ages

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

This is a standing show with an open floor. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

It’s the Latin music and dance highlight of the year, the 5th Annual MN Salsa Fiesta! Close out summer with an all-star collection of performers from all the area salsa bands including Charanga Tropical, Salsa del Soul, Salsabrosa, Seven Steps To Havana, Q-Band, Havana Gypsies, and more. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. with DJs spinning salsa hits mixed to rare music videos. Then it’s a lively salsa lesson from one of the best- Cuban born instructor Rene Thompson, former lead dancer at La Tropicana in Havana. 

At 8 p.m. the music goes live and large. Performing groups will include Charanga Tropical- the first U.S. band to perform at Havana’s Danzón Festival, Rumba del Norte-an authentic Cuban style percussion and voice ensemble, and La Gran Charanga- an 18-piece all-star ensemble featuring 6 horns, 5 violins, 4 singers, and a full Latin rhythm section. Band members include Twin Cities talent from Malamanya, Salsa del Soul, Seven Steps to Havana, QBand, the old Salsabrosa, and more. Also performing will be include Latin jazzer Craig Russo and Cuban singer/pianist Viviana Pintado.  

Salsa Fiesta is a coproduction by Salsa Explosion productions and the music group Charanga Tropical. Salsa Explosion is dedicated to promoting Latin music and dance through events held throughout the Twin Cities. Minneapolis-based Charanga Tropical is the only American group ever to perform at the International Danzón Festival in Cuba. As part of that landmark 2015 tour, Charanga Tropical played in Havana’s grand concert halls, appeared on national Cuban radio, and recorded in studios of Buena Vista Social Club. The resulting CD, “In Cuba” has received rave reviews in both United States and Cuba and is available at, itunes,, and elsewhere.

Earlier Event: September 1
OLIVIA GATWOOD with Joaquina Mertz
Later Event: September 9
JUANA MOLINA with Lady Midnight