Dancing to a live band is as close as it can ever get to an out of body experience on a Salsa dancefloor. You feel immersed in the music, so alive in that very moment and compelled to dance. The horns, the congas and the wild timbales, the sounds keep hitting your body like pulses of energy, making you want to move and dance. For some it's a totally different level of experience, almost spiritual. No wonder the Cuban music and dance, that Salsa has evolved from, are rooted in spiritual customs and traditions.
Personally, I love dancing to live bands and have travelled to amazing places like Istanbul, Croatia, Berlin and many more to dance to amazing live Salsa music. I would never have seen Tadcaster if it wasn't for live Salsa music! We in Leeds have been lucky to have DJ Lubi who has been bringing Live Salsa to the city for more than 25 years now!! My first ever experience of Live Salsa was at the Leeds Loves Latino weekend when Lubi brought Salsa Celtica to the city.
Upcoming Live Salsa gigs
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds City Centre.
Tickets: £10 advance
Please see the Facebook event for more information
Leodis used to be the victorian name for the city of Leeds, so this is a truely local band. They've brought together some of the best musicians from Leeds who are also familiar faces on the dancefloor. They are a relatively new salsa band and had their debut performance in February 2014, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Of course, I was the last person to leave the dancefloor at the end of the night.
Mambo Con Rumbo
I love how they've described their music on their website and I totally agree -
"A salsa night with Mambo con Rumbo mixes original music with all your favourite salsa classics - from Tito Puente to Marc Anthony.
If it's overindulgent muso noodling and ten-minute percussion solos you're looking for, you've come to the wrong place. But if it's a full floor of hot and happy salseros you're after, come and see us soon."
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Without a doubt my favourite Salsa band from the UK! They perform 3-4 times a year at TNT's Salsaseology Live Music Socials at The Dome in London. That's one event I would never miss for anything and I've had the most amazing experiences dancing to them Live there. The energy at their gigs is unbelievable until you experience it yourself. Their version of Tommy Olivencia's Trucutu is the best I've ever heard. They've been playing at the Mambocity 5* Salsa Congress for the last few years now and also played at the MotionCity weekender in Birmingham last year. Lubi and Fabio have been bringing them to Leeds every year for the last 3 years at least and I'm glad they are back yet again!! This is the big one that I'm waiting for this year and very happy that its the weekend before the Leeds crew flies off to the Amsterdam International Salsa Congress! Could easily have been a bad clash of dates!
Tickets for the Salseology gig aren't on sale yet as all this is strictly insider info that DJ Lubi has kindly agreed to share! So save the date!!
See if you can spot some Leeds dancers in this video at Salseology's gig in London!
Viva La Musica!!!