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Clave Gringa in May

Posted by on 07 May 2016 | Tagged as: Events, Music

This from Ann:
Thursday May 19 – Clave Gringa trio (Ann Reynolds, Steve Smith, and Dean Schmidt) at La Spiga restaurant
1429 12th Ave, Seattle laspiga.com7-9:30, Food is great and we have a sweet setup in the middle of the restaurant
Sit at the bar, or reserve a table for dinner
Friday May 20 – Clave Gringa quartet (Ann Reynolds, Steve Smith, and Dean Schmidt, and Kiki Valera)
North City Bistro, 1520 177th St, Shoreline, 8-10:30, $10 cover, Make reservations – it fills up! 206-365-4447

Fiesta Cubana – Saturday Nov 21

Posted by on 18 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music, Social

Seattle’s Cuban Dance Party – Salsa N’ Seattle Dance Studio

Dance to the latest Cuban Hits: Salsa, Timba, Son y Reggaeton. Hosted by DJ Dre and Ofer.

Free Dance Lesson at 9:30pm

Cover $10 – 21+

Clave Gringa in September

Posted by on 30 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Clave Gringa quartet including Kiki Valera on cuatro, Friday September 11, 8-10:30, North City Bistro, 1520 NE 177th St, Cover $10, Make reservations (it sells out) – 206-365-4447 or
Food and wine are great and the ambience is terrific
Clave Gringa quartet including Kiki Valera on cuatro, Saturday Sept 26, 7:30-9:30, Waving Tree Winery – Kirkland, 11901 124th St NE, Kirkland, Cover $10
Arrive early for a good seat; wine by glass or bottle available and food truck out front!


Kiki Valera Aug 23 show CANCELLED

Posted by on 23 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Hi folks, The Musiquarium had to cancel today’s show due to an “infrastructure problem.” Let’s hope they get it repaired soon. Check back for future events with this band.

Kiki Valera y Los Guajibiros @ Musiquarium, Sun Aug 22, 8-11pm, no cover!

Posted by on 19 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Keep dancing after the flash mob! Go to the Musiquarium at the Triple Door. Free, no cover! Traditional son, boleros, etc.–all very danceable. You can eat there too–great food from Wild Ginger kitchen!

About the band:

One the Musiquarium calendar:

DETAILS & SCHEDULE for Viva Cuba salsa-fest in Bellingham, July 10-12!

Posted by on 04 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music, Social

–FRIDAY: There’s a Cuban trio playing an acoustic concert at Cafe Rumba on Friday night, 7-9pm, followed by a kick-off party with DJs Ofer and Andre.
–SATURDAY: Cambalache, BAAY 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, Doors open 8:30pm, Dance lesson 9pm; buy tix for Saturday on Brown Paper tickets($15 adults, $10 students presale; at door $20 and $15)

One of the musicians in both the trio and the Cambalache line-up was one of Klimax’ lead singers and is reported to be AWESOME!
Class 1: Saturday 1-2:15pm: Salsa Suelta – Footwork, Cuban body motion, musicality (all levels)
Class 2: Saturday 2:30-3:45pm: Casino moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 3: Saturday 4-5:15pm: Wilfredo’s favorite rueda moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 4: Sunday 1-2:15pm: Afro-Cuban folklore: Eleggua, Lumbanche (all levels)
Class 5: Sunday 2:30-3:45pm: Rumba (Columbia) in Casino partnering (intermediate/advanced)
Class 6: Sunday 4-5:15pm: More rueda! (Intermediate/advanced)
WORKSHOP PRICES – these are “pre-register” prices and will be slightly higher at the door. To pre-register join the FB event for the WORKSHOPS: OR send Heather an email ( 1 class: $15; 2 classes: $25; 3 classes: $35; 4 classes: $45; 5 classes: $55; 6 classes: $60;
(Discount for students)
Here’s the Facebook event for the WEEKEND:

Kiki Valera y Los Guajibiros, July 2

Posted by on 24 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Music

After 25 years of directing La Familia Valera Miranda, Santiago de Cuba’s most beloved son septeto, international recording artist Kiki Valera joins forces with a new line up of accomplished musicians. One of Cuba’s most creative & talented cuatristas, Kiki now turns his attention to an ensemble that includes:
Alex Rivera – vocals;  Steve Guasch – bongos;  Gary Stroutsos – concert wood flute;  Guillermo Padilla on congas.

***Almost all tables are booked. Please call 206-365-4447 or for reservations.***  $12 cover

Music in a Changing Cuba

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Music

Check out Afropop’s program “Music in a Changing Cuba”

Roberto Borrell in Seattle: Workshop Schedule, May 7-10

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music

Thursday, May 7th, 7pm
Casa Latina
317 17th Avenue South (Central District)

Friday, May 8th, 6pm-7:30 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)
Saturday, May 9th, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Union Cultural Center

Saturday, May 9th, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sunday, May 9th: 12:00-1:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street
$15 ($5 in conjunction with Popular Dance)

Friday, May 8th, 7:30-9:00 pm
Balance Studio
418 N 35th Street (Fremont)

Saturday, May 9th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Sunday, May 10th, 1:00-2:15 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

Sunday, May 10th, 2:30-4:00 pm
Union Cultural Center
803 South King Street (International District)

“Finding the Clave”: Originally designed as a 4-week workshop, Roberto Borrell explains the role of the Clave rhythm in different genres Cuban music. Being able to find the Clave is the key to Cuban music.

“Orisha Dance”: Roberto Borrell teaches Folkloric Dance from the Afro-Cuban traditions with an emphasis on singing, rhythm and footwork.

“Listening and Popular Dance”: Roberto Borell divides the classes for Cuban Popular Music, “listening,” and Popular Dance into two parts.
Understanding the music is essential in being able to dance. The focus of these classes is the development of Danzón, Son and Cha Cha Cha, that later morphed into Timba. The classes can be taken separately, but coming to both parts is strongly encouraged for dancers. “Listening” is also fantastic for musicians who are interested in learning more about the forms and cues that are essential for creating strong and authentic arrangements that will make sense to dancers.

“Conga Workshop”: Crazy for Conga! Come join Roberto Borrell as he explores the rhythms, the music and history of Cuban Carnaval. This will be an interactive class including videos, music and dance.

Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa in Mar-Apr & vote for earshot awards!

Posted by on 08 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Music

This from Ann Reynolds: First, a reminder that you can still vote for the Earshot Golden Ear Awards. Voting continues until March 15, with awards ceremony onMarch 16. Ann is a nominee for 2014 Emerging Artist and her CD, Para Cuba Con Amor, has been nominated for 2014 NW Recording of the Year. You can vote online at

Upcoming live music with Ann:

Saturday March 7, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) plays at Crossroads in Bellevue, 7-9 PM, FREE; all ages.

Sunday March 8 and 15, 6:30-9 Ann and Leah duo at Serafina on Eastlake.

Clave Gringa quartet will be playing a new venue in April. Sunday April 19 –  Jazzy Brunch at Maxims in Columbia City. 1-4 PM. A terrific brunch for $15 (live music included!). See attached flyer.


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