La Masia Restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood celebrated their 27th Birthday on July 27 with a private and very exclusive evening hosted by owner Josie Prado, Jon Mercedes, and Octavio Nuiry. The landmark restaurant features some of the best Spanish cuisine in Los Angeles and top notch local entertainment. Congratulations on a superb evening full of wonderful food and wonderful friends.
After enduring one of the hottest summers in recent years, the West Coast played host to visits from super artists Carlos Vives out of Colombia, Johnny Almendra & Los Jóvenes del Barrio from New York City (on their first performance in Los Angeles), Larry Harlow & The Latin Legends Band, and Argentina's pride, rockers Los Piojos.
Cuban flautist/bandleader Maraca will be performing with special guest musicians at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City on Thursday, September 3, 1998. Also performing that evening will be Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. This will be the only performance by Maraca in Los Angeles.
Our own local star, Poncho Sánchez & his Latin Jazz Band will be headliners at the Salsa Fridays at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City on September 11, 1998. They will also be performing at the Conga Room on September 17, in West Los Angeles, in the Miracle Mile area.
The SalsaSon Tour of Jimmy Bosch, together with the legendary Cuban group Son 14, will be gracing the stage of the Conga Room on Thursday, September 10, 1998. Trombonist/bandleader Jimmy Bosch is touring the U.S. featuring the music of his debut solo CD Soneando Trombón. The veteran bone player and master of his instrument is one of the most in-demand Latin musicians around. Son 14 has been one of Cuba's musical jewels for some time now, housing numerous hit compositions from their almost two decades of existence. This will be their first visit to the City of Angels.
The local Latin music ensemble Tolú, led by saxophonist Justo Almario and percussionist Alex Acuña, just released the CD Rumbero's Poetry, featuring some of L.A.'s top local players like Luis Conte, Harry Kim, Tiki Pasillas, John Peña, Joe Rotondi, Michito Sánchez, Arturo Velasco, and a once-local musician (now residing in Puerto Rico), Luis Enrique. Also enjoying a new CD release is percussionist Johnny Blas, with Mambo 2000. With a local posse that includes Mark Gutierrez, Paul Pérez, José DeLeón, Dan Weinstein, Art Velasco, Francisco Torres, Steve Baxter, and Isaac Smith, Blas and friends cook up a...