September 2011

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Sunday rueda – Gas Works Park

Posted by on 17 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Practice

Sunday practica is still outdoors for a couple more weeks. If it’s raining, head toward the east end of Gas Works Park. You’ll find a big roofed concrete structure with picnic tables and such, to the east of the actual Gas Works and inside the park. Once you reach the picnic area, follow the music. If the rain clears up, of course, we’ll be at the Wallingford Steps as usual.

I hope for another sunny Sunday before we go indoors. I’ll post here on the blog by noon each Sunday where we’ll be, so check in before you start traveling.

Rooftop Salsa Potluck House-warming Party Saturday 9/17

Posted by on 15 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Events

Centennial Rooftop Deck/Dancefloor

Space Needle = DJ Booth

But wait, there’s more!!!

Before heading out to your main event this Saturday night, get your eat on, get your meet on, get your drink on, get your dance on, and get your party on at the rooftop party. This party will run a little early.

Summer’s almost over. But for those of us in denial it’s still rooftop party season as long as we can be outside without a jacket or umbrella. Let’s close out the season by breaking in the rooftop at my new apartment building!

New building. New rooftop. New views. Same drill.

Bring: something tasty to eat or drink. A barbecue grill is available. Also bring a sweater for later. It’ll get cool after sundown around 7:15. (No umbrellas allowed!)

Music: Latin music of the Salsa, Mambo, Cuban, and Timba variety. Be our guest DJ, by bringing some favorite CDs or your iPod.

To get in, use the intercom and dial “#333.” Say “Let’s party!” and I’ll buzz you in. Take an elevator to “R” for rooftop.

If it rains, the party will blaze on in the lovely “Fireside Lounge.”

Car Pool to Bellingham?

Posted by on 15 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Events

I plan to drive to Bellingham Friday afternoon and was planning to stay at Enid’s and drive back Sat. morning.  Anybody interested insharing the ride. Call me me or email.

Eddie A

Septeto Tradicuba @ Club Sur, Friday, Sept. 30th

Posted by on 13 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Music, Social

Club SUR presents:

“SEXTETO TRADICUBA” bringing all the tradition and flavor from beautiful Cuba! Lead by great percussionist Pedro Vargas, with a very accomplished music background, Pedro has toured all over the globe and arranged music for Barbarito Torres, one of the original “Buena Vista Social Club” member.

SEXTETO TRADICUBA is Pedro’s newest project playing Cuban Son, Guaracha, Cha-cha-cha and other traditional rhythms with a modern twist.

!!Don’t miss this opportunity!

Doors open for Dinner @8pm

The night will kick off at 9:30pm with a free Cuban Son (the original Salsa) lesson conducted by Dennis Ruiz

The Hot Spot is:
Club SUR in Sodo
Phone / Reservations
Cover $10
21 and Over with ID

Video of the Week

Posted by on 11 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Video


Maykel Blanco first US Tour! Que emocion!

Posted by on 08 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Events

In case you haven’t heard yet…Maykel Blanco y su salsa mayor is coming to perform in the US, for the first time. Fingers crossed that all will work out with visas. They will perform in California, New York, and Florida, the tour is in October. Read more on

Seattleites: let’s do up Bellingham and the 11-piece Cuban band, Maraca, on Friday the 16th!

Posted by on 08 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Events, Music, Social


As Ofer rightly put it, let’s caravan up to beautiful Bellingham to support our dancing family, Antonio, Heather y los ninos, and our friends of Rumba NW, in their consistent effort to bring amazing Cuban music and dance opportunities to us all!

Heather and Antonio are hosting a pre-show potluck for the band, 6:30-8pm. Let’s enjoy this lovely Indian summer with an evening of food and camaraderie! (H and A have to be at the venue by 8:15pm but people are welcome to hang
here at their house till showtime.)

Doors for the show open at 9pm.

If you plan on staying, Heather mentioned that on Saturday there is a great Farmer’s Market in B’ham, 10am-3pm. Plus hiking opportunities, or just general lounging in the sweet town of Bellingham or the beautiful Boulevard Park.


Hey Seattle! Cuban band Maraca will be playing the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham on Friday September 16, 9pm. Nominated for
“Best Salsa Album of the year” Grammy for 2003, Maraca and his band bring the most
energy-filled and danceable Afro-Cuban music: Timba, Salsa, Son, Mambo,
Cha-cha-cha, Danzon, Reggeaton, Rumba, Jazz!! $15 pre-sale, $18 at the door. Includes dance lesson with Rumba Northwest. Pre-show potluck at our place with the band. Let us know if you want us to reserve a ticket for you at the pre-sale price. Vancouver is coming, how about Seattle? ¡A bailarrrr!

Belated note: My Love For SeattleRueda

Posted by on 07 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Culture

My Dearest Casino Familia,
I want to take this moment to thank all of you for the wonderful send off back in July. Sam, I just read the tribute you wrote about me and I am very very touched by it. You guessed right, I haven’t been on the internet much trying to get myself settled here in SoCal.

Thank you, Sam for the heads up on FB to check the blog. I am just reading the tribute out loud to Orlando and I welled up with tears from all the love I felt from your beautful words. I miss you guys so much and hope you come visit us here in San Diego real soon.

In an effort to stay up-to-date on the Cuban scene out here, I am getting myself involved in the Cuban events in San Diego. I’ll be writing a piece on the blog later about what and where to go for Cuban dancing, music and the local Cuban bands. In the meantime, I am nostalgic por mi Seattle.

There is a saying in spanish that says “dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres”. Translated means “Tell me who you hang out with and I will tell you who you are.” Well I am proud to say I AM a nerd and love to disect a Cuban song or dance, find the clave, identify it’s African infuence, the meaning of the lyrics, and dance TO the music (listen to the call and response that each song dictates for bailadores)….all in all have fun dancing to the best Cuban music, both live and from DJ Baracoa’s playlist. If this is who I am, well Thank God for that! Where else can I can share this passion than from the SeattleRueda dance community where we eat, share food together and watch dance YouTube videos together, dance everywhere (on the steps, at the park, while hiking on cardboard? That’s what makes this SeattleRueda special. It’s been a month now here in San Diego and I must say I was spoiled with the weekly Cuban events in Seattle. Not as often and weekly in SD, but when there is something going on, it’s off the freakin’ chain and I am all over it.

I love you all so much and miss you terribly.  Just know, you will be welcomed with open arms in San Diego. Shoot me an e-mail if you want my new contact info.  (FYI, my e-mail and cell will remain the same).

Con mucho cariño, So sorry this comes to you a month later….:(

Juan-Carlos Formell at Jazz Alley, 9/12

Posted by on 06 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Music

For one night only, Juan-Carlos Formell will perform at Jazz Alley on Monday, 9/12.  He is the grandson of Francisco Formell, the arranger for Ernesto Lucuona’s Cuban Boys, and the son of Juan Formell, founder and leader of Los Van Van.  He’s brilliant guitarist, singer, and composer with multiple CD’s.

This Friday, September 9, will be our last casino on the beach!

Posted by on 04 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: Alki Beach Parties: Casino on Cardboard, Events, Social

Hi everyone!

If you’ve not come out yet to join us on Alki this summer, or if you missed last Friday, fear not, you have one more chance.

Yes, the time has come. This coming Friday (Sept. 9) will be the last of our beloved casino on the beach nights. Sad, but true.

Come on out and join the rest of the gang for one last dance on Alki.

Ismael has the floors in his car, and will need some help unloading and setting up, so if you can get there in the 6:00 -6:15 timeframe, I’m sure he’d appreciate the help.

Ciao gente!

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