Year-long Salsa Celebration Makes Its L.A. Stop

The 15th Annual International Los Angeles Salsa Congress arrives at the Boneventure, May 22 - 26

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 9, 2013

Year-long Salsa Celebration Makes Its L.A. Stop

The year long worldwide Salsa celebration produced by Albert Torres Productions,-the most important salsa music and dance live events producer worldwide- makes its Los Angeles stop, prepared to once again receive an astounding 3,000 attendance per evening.

Click here to watch highlights of last year's Salsa Congress experience:

Now The 15th Annual International Los Angeles Salsa Congress is the most anticipated international music festival featuring award-winning talent such as Colombian super stars Grupo Niche, The Legends of Salsa from NYC & Puerto Rico, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, & Dominican Bachata star Joan Soriano international dance ensembles such as Tripidium direct from Colombia & Dubai, veteran instructors and energetic DJs providing music and entertainment from all over the globe. Starting May 22 through May 26, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown.

Already on its 15thedition the International Los Angeles Salsa Congress is so monumental that it is known as the hub for other congresses to scout and recruit talent. This year, the festival will be held atThe Westin Bonaventure Hotel, located at404 South Figueroa Street, in downtown Los Angeles. The massive venue has three large rooms with over 40,000 square feet of dance floor for social dancing, salsa, bachata, kizomba & zouck, pop, hip hop, animation, hustle, and much more.

Produced by the world's premier producer of live salsa music and dance events, Albert Torres Productions, this traveling musical extravaganza has stops all over the world including Dubai,Canada and Japan. The week-long festivity in Los Angeles attracts over 20,000 Latin Music fans from all over the world and boasts talent from around the world including performances by top billing artists, interactive classes by the world's top dance instructors and the best tropical music DJs from around the globe.

Every day educational motivational workshops, Immersion Program, beginner boot camp, pool party, afternoon & evening shows. Amanda Estilo Immersion Program, Zumba, Yoga for dancers and Insanity Workout.

This year music aficionados are in for a special treat as the FANIA All-Stars label will be at a sponsorship booth area selling their incredible music collection throughout the festival.

15th Annual International Los Angeles Salsa Congress Calendar of Performances:
Wednesday May 22, 2013: Stevens Steakhouse in Commerce
Kick Off Party, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Steven's Steakhouse located at 5332 E. Stevens Place, Commerce, CA 90040. Cover $10 / All Ages Welcome, featuring Orquesta Son Mayor, Super DJ Robby, DJ Zonik, DJ Kenny, DJ Pachanga and DJ Demetrio Rosario.

*The Salsa Congress will provide FREE transportation will be provided for those staying at The Westin Bonaventure.*

Thursday May 23, 2013- The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown LA

Pre-Party 9:00 p.m. -4 :00 a.m. All Ages Cover $30.
Featuring, BNF Dance production, "TRIPUDIUM" first North Americaperformance of over 20 dancers, from Colombia & Dubai UAE. Artistic & Entertainment directors will arrive from Atlantic City,Las Vegas and U.S. Casinos to watch this incredible dance production. Plus musical performance by Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad, DJ Robby & special guests.

Watch Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad at last year's LA Salsa Congress Pre-Party.

Friday May 24, 2013- The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown LA: GRUPO NICHE & JOAN SORIANO

Multi-award winning, Gold & Platinum recording artist Grupo Niche will perform a special tribute to its late founder Jairo Varela who passed in 2012. A career spanning well over 30 years & a discography of 24 albums, Colombian music legends Grupo Niche will mesmerize audiences with its vigorous, up-tempo dance music performing their timeless hits: "Cali Aji", "Cali Pachanguero", "Del Puente Pa'll?í", "Sin Sentimientos", "Una Aventura", "Etnia", "Gotas de Lluvia", "Han Cogido la Cosa", "Mi Pueblo Natal", "Hagamos Lo Que Diga Corazon", "Duele Mas", "Nuestro Sue??o", and the famous cumbia "Canoa Rancha".

Learn more about Grupo Niche

Watch Grupo Niche


Also performing earlier that night at the Westin Bonaventure's The Bachata Room: Joan Soriano

Direct from the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic,Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. Bachata is an important part of Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of musical influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Soriano is a practitioner of traditional palo and gaga, and he blends their Afro-Dominican percussive elements with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. Soriano's artistry preserves and expands on the Dominican musical tradition. He is the rare combination of new and authentic.

Visit Joan Soriano at: http://www.iasorecords.com/JoanSoriano.cfm

Watch Joan Soriano "Tu Me Estas Matando" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViDRDE8ViFg&feature=player_embedded


Saturday May 25, 2013- The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown LA- THE LEGENDS OF SALSA

A musical legacy that dates back from 1971, in New York City, an ensemble of FANIA All Stars Label'sSalsa music elite. The highly anticipated performance ONE NIGHT ONLY, by: THE LEGENDS OF SALSA Larry Harlow, Richie Ray, Oscar Hernandez, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, El Canario, Robby Cruz, Eddie Guagua, Orestes Vilato, Eddie Montalvo, Jose Mangual Jr., Ramon Flores, Jimmy Bosch, Reynaldo Jorge, Lewis Kahn and Alfredo De La Fe.

This unforgettable night will be hosted by legendary Izzy Sanabria aka'Mr. Salsa' (The Fania All-Stars Master of ceremonies, album cover designer of some of the greats, Latin NY Magazine publisher) & Musical Director/Oscar Hernandez.

In addition FANIA All-Stars Label will be selling their incredible music collection throughout the festival.

Visit: http://www.fania.com/
Visit Izzy Sanabria:

Sunday May 26, 2013- - The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown LA- EL GRAN COMBO

Celebrating a career span of over five decades, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is back by popular demand. Led by director Rafael Ithier has more than established its Tropical music reign. Continuously sold-out concerts and numerous awards that include the GRAMMY ?® for Best Tropical Album make the iconic orchestra the enduring superstar of the island and have earned it the well-deserved moniker 'La Universidad de la Salsa' - The University of Salsa.

Credited as Puerto Rico's most successful musical group and one of the most popular salsa orchestras in Latin America, the 13-piece band will perform both classics and new tunes for one night only.

Visit El Gran Combo:
"Echar Pa'lante" El Gran Combo:

About Albert Torres Productions

Albert Torres' continuous effort to globalize the salsa movement has made a great impact in the genre's preservation and music access and, of course, salsa dancing around the world, with a nonstop joint production of more than 40 events yearly during 48 weeks of travel.

Albert Torres Productions, Inc. (ATP) was founded in 1992 and has offered the salsa congress to so many audiences around the world, including in exotic places such as Dubai,Japan, Brazil, Romania,China, Colombia, the Netherlands,Peru, Switzerland and New Zealand.

ATP is the sole producer of The World Latin Dance Cup, the most prestigious salsa, bachata and cha cha cha competition, with participation from over 50 countries, held December 10 thru 14 in Miami Florida.
For more information visit:

Tickets and Full Event Pass
www.mysalsacongress.com or (310) 445-9705

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