Los Angeles Salsa Congress 2015 – Day 1 – Roberto Roena y Apollo Sound

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The official first day of the Los Angeles Salsa Congress 2015 featured, from Puerto Rico, Roberto Roena y su Apollo Sound. The concert portion of the evening started with a 1974 video of Roberto Roena playing the bongo and dancing, sporting a big afro that he no longer wears, and with dancer Edwin Rivera on stage replicating the scene. Minutes later Roena walked on stage to join him.

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The band then took over and the show continued for about an hour and a half with lots of dancers twirling on the multiple dance floors.

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I enjoyed myself. Still, I have two questions. See if anyone out there can answer them for me:

1. The tables have a menu – three appetizers, a list of drinks. Purchasing a bottle of wine sounds like a good deal. $30-something for what should be 4 or 5 drinks is fair enough. However, how does one order one? I saw not one server in the entire place, ever. Anybody know???

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2. Why did the lights of the dance hall keep on going on after 1:15 a.m.? Are they pre-scheduled to do that? Every time the lights went on I felt like I had been caught by my mom doing something I wasn’t supposed to do. It totally took me out of my mojo…

Anyhow. Here are the rest of the pictures out of my camera, as well as a couple of videos.

Tonight is part two with the New Swing Sextet featuring Ray de la Paz. See you there!

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