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Take a Trip to Africa and Dance Your Heart Out with Some of Boston’s Best Local African Bands: Every Thursday Evening (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Anytime you are in the mood to move and groove to the sweet sounds of Africa, you can just head on over to the Cantab Lounge in Central Square each and every Thursday evening for AfroFunk Night. And what a party this promises to be! You will be treated not only to one, but up to 3 live bands representing music from various regions from all over the continent, without ever having to leave Boston! Furthermore, since the performance roster varies from week to week, you’ll come to know lots ‘n lots of great local talent. What a great way to sample Boston’s local African music scene and have a fun-filled  time doing it too, dancing up a storm! Here’s a partial list of some of the event’s past performers:


Helder Tsinine & Kina Zori – Fusion of traditional and contemporary African genres

Galen Willett & Wildlife – Afropop

Tulikuta – Afropop, with emphasis on the music of Senegal, Cameroon, and South Africa

Forces of Nature – Afropop, featuring original compositions by Galen Willett based on styles of North and West Africa


Members of Zili Misik – Global fusion jam-style, featuring music of the African Diaspora 

Tarun Balani Collective – African genres blended with jazz 

Agbekor Drum and Dance Society – Percussive music of the indigenous Dogomba and Ewe tribes of West Africa 

Uyanga – African-American soul music with a new twist



I must say that even though this establishment is definitely not upscale in any way, shape, or form, the regulars seem to enjoy the place regardless, and consider it a fun, informal place to hang out and enjoy the dance floor. And you can do the same, each and every Thursday evening at The Cantab Lounge to some of Boston’s best local African beats.

Event Details:

When: Thursday evenings (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Where: The Cantab Lounge (Downstairs @ Club Bohemia)

Admission: $5.00 – $8.00

More Info: 617-354-2685

(Area Restaurants)



July 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

Immerse Yourself in a Full Weekend of Latin Music and Latino Culture in Boston’s South End: July 15th – 17th (Friday -Sunday)

Latino culture, on the whole,  encompasses a vast number of varied individual ethnic identities. Wouldn’t it be just great to have the adventure of sampling them all in one convenient location in a matter of days? Well, now here’s your chance at the Festival Betances! This event, viewed as New England’s premier festival of its kind, is literally designed to expose the public to the rich diversity that is Latino culture in one short weekend, jam-packed with ethnic activity in the form of concerts, dance performances, ethnic food, arts and crafts vendors, and other specially created happenings for all ages. And yes, it’s all for free!

Festival Betances, named for renowned Puerto Rican civil rights activist Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances, is the creation of Inquilinos Beriquas en Accion (IBA). Since its founding in 1968, thanks to the inspiration provided by Dr. Betances, the organization has sponsored a large number of local projects and events, all of which have been aimed at strengthening the Latino community’s presence in and around the Boston area. (See previous post on their Tito Puente Latin Music series) This year’s festival, entitled “I am Villa Victoria”, is in honor of this infamous local Latin cultural center and affordable housing project. The facility stands as one of IBA’s proudest achievements and is considered a historical highpoint in the history of Boston’s urban renewal efforts. Rightfully so, it serves as the site of this annual celebration of Latino culture at its finest. 

This years festival welcomes international music stars Larry Harlow and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra as their very special guests.


Larry Harlow (Appearing 7/16 @ 7:30 p.m.) – This 3-time Grammy nominee, originally from Brooklyn, NYC, is considered to be the forefather of the present day  salsa style. He introduced both heavy brass instrumentation and the use of the Cuban Bata drum to Afro-Cuban music ensembles in NYC, thus enhancing the dance quality of the genre. He was both pianist and producer for the once renown Fania All-Stars and has since continued to thrive in his solo career.


Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Appearing 7/17 @ 5:30 p.m.) – Founded by Oscar Hernandez, this 13-member all-star ensemble has been going strong for over a decade and is most famous for their truly authentic brand of salsa. The formula for this great success is based upon a steadfast loyalty to the age-old traditions of the music from its very roots. This old-school style has won the band a much coveted Grammy award and is well characterized in their latest release entitled “Viva La Tradicion”. 


So what are you waiting for? Here is your big chance to get to know Latin music and Latino culture like never before in all of their wonderful diversity. This festival is sure to be not only entertaining, but highly educational, as well.






Event Details:

When: July 15th – 17th, Friday (4:00 p.m.) – Sunday (9:00 p.m.)

Where – Villa Victoria (South End)

Admission – Free

More Info: 617-927-1707             


July 13, 2011 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

Bask Yourself in a Delightful Summer Day Chocked Full of Marvelous World Music And Dance Entertainment @ the Dance for World Community Festival: June 11th, Saturday (Noon – 10:00 p.m.)

A crowd of 15,000+ is expected at the 3rd annual Dance for World Community Festival and its easy to see why. This grand indoor/outdoor event, hosted by the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (see previous post), features dance performances from over 50 troupes from the Boston area and greater New England (about 30% of which represent various foreign cultures from across the globe). And, as an added bonus, there will also be  free dance instruction, and a street dance party to end the show. Admission to all of this is entirely free, believe it or not, and the festivities are scheduled to go on- rain or shine .  Nonetheless, let’s hope for the latter! Of course, all this ethnically oriented dance activity means there’ll be lots and lots of world music to be heard for everyone’s listening pleasure.

In keeping with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s steadfast mission of social consciousness, this event was created with the ultimate intention of raising the public’s awareness of the power of dance to motivate positive action aimed at the enhancement of the well-being of our wonderful planet, both within the local community as well as across the world. In recognition of this, some 20+ civic, environmental, cultural, and social service organizations will be on hand to inform festival attendees of the marvelous work they do for the betterment of our greater society. The ballet theatre’s efforts to bring you this magnificent event have been aided by the City of Cambridge, as well as various arts, civic, and social organizations and local businesses.

As far as the details go, there will be 4 stages of simultaneous dance performances going on well into the evening. Here is a list of world dance troupes who will be performing: Fran & Mariale Dance Fusion, Adam Ant Eve Dancers, Benkadi Drum and Dance, Boston Lykeian Ellinidon Greek Folkdance Group, Chu Ling Dance Academy, Deepa Srinath’s Dance Group, Iranian/Persian Dance Arts, Jose Mateo Ballet TheatreKrakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston, Marsha Parilla/Danza Organica, Moves & Vibes Dance Co., Navarasa Dance Theater, Neena Gulati & the Triveni Ensemble, Ritmo en Accion, Hyde Square Task Force, Salsa y Control Dance Company, Salsa Matei Dance SchoolSnake Dance Theatre Company, Xuxhipilli Mexican Folkloric Ballet, African Community Education Program, and Anikai Dance. You can check out the official performer’s list as well as a full schedule in order to get the total picture of all the diverse dance entertainment which will be featured at this one huge event. And as if all this isn’t enough, the dance classes which are geared towards beginners of various ages cover a wide variety of dance genres. Ethnically speaking this includes: West African, Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Salsa, Bachata, Chinese, Afro-Haitian, Forro, Zouk, and other Brazilian dance forms, Tango Flow, Greek, and South Indian. Here’s your chance now to tryout that new dance you’ve been curious about. But don’t use up all of your energy just yet, because closing out the day, in grand fashion, will be the popular Latin ensemble Ten Tumbao for everybody’s dancing pleasure. Yay! More world music to keep the party going. So, if you’re searching for a local outdoor festival that provides plenty of world music entertainment, the Dance for World Community Festival is the place to be. So much world music and dance activity to partake of, all in one place- it definitely doesn’t get much better than this!!!

 “Talk About Dance” – Want to get more involved in the promotion of dance as an effective instrument of positive societal change? Then come on out on Sunday to this enlightening seminar where you can not only listen to others ideas, but share your own as well. View the newsletter from last year’s discussion here.  (See further event details below)









Event Details:

When: Festival: June 11th, Saturday (12:00 – 10:00 p.m.)

                Seminar: June 12th, Sunday (2:00 – 6:00 p.m.)

Where: Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (Harvard Square)

Admission: Free

More Info:  617-354-7467 ( Monday – Friday – 9-5)



June 6, 2011 at 2:02 am Leave a comment

Spend an Enchanted Evening at a Real Live Argentine Tango Cafe- Right Here In Boston’s Own South End: June 7th, Tuesday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

Ever wonder what an evening out at an Argentine tango cafe would be like? Well, come discover the answer at the first ever Tango Cafe: a Night in Buenos Aires. For one special night the Beehive will be transformed into a real live tango cafe, complete with professional dance performances throughout the evening to the sounds of The Beehive Tango Orchestra.  These talented musicians and dancers from Boston’s Longy School of Music will make you feel as if you have actually traveled to Argentina for the evening! What fun indeed. 

 In addition to all of this fine ethnic music and dance, guests will also have an opportunity to sample some Argentinean inspired cuisine as well. Native offerings include empanadas (bread or pastry dough containing meat, vegetables, or fruit fillings) and gaucho steak accompanied by Chimichurri sauce (a mixture of parsley, garlic, vegetable or olive oil, white or red vinegar, and red pepper flakes). The Beehive will be serving their regular menu throughout the evening as well.  Drink specials, or “libations” as they are called in Argentina, will be offered all evening long, many of which will serve to highlight the Milagro tequilas, one of the regions finest labels. Reservations are highly recommended for this event, so I think it is indeed safe to say that this should prove to be a popular choice for a highly entertaining evening out on the town in “Buenos Aires, Massachusetts”. 



Event Details:

When: June 7th, Tuesday (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

           Food will be served (5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

Where: The Beehive (South End)

Admission: No cover listed

More Info: 617-423-0069

June 2, 2011 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Enjoy Weekly Salsa Dance Parties Two Nights in a Row @ the Havana Club!!!: Every Friday and Saturday Night

Whenever you’re in the mood for some Salsa dancing fun to go along with your Latin music entertainment, just head on over to Havana Club in Cambridge’s Central Square where you can enjoy not one but two nights of dj hosted dance party action, well into the wee hours of the morning!!! Start your fun-filled evening off with a beginning or intermediate level dance lesson compliments of Salsa Y Control, who will also be presenting professional dance exhibitions throughout the night. They’ll surely show you just how  far your dancing can go, with a little bit of practice of course! Then try out your hot new moves on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. 

Havana Club features a state-of-the-art nightclub atmosphere complete with festive lighting, a high-tech sound system, and heightened stage to accommodate special performances. Refreshments are served at the full cash bar. And for your added convenience, the facilities are located near-by to ample parking and public transportation. They’ll even reserve tables for parties of 8 or more, so why not bring along the whole gang! Visit the web site and sign up for their online newsletter so that you can stay informed, then … join 300 or more enthusiastic salsa fans at Havana Club for an evening of premier dance party entertainment. Remember, no partner necessary and beginners are always welcome!

Event Details:

21+ only

When: Friday & Saturday evenings (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

                 Lessons: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

                 Dance Party: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Where: 288 Green Street (Central Square – Scroll down page for directions)

Admission: $12.00

More Info: 617-312-5550 /

(Area Restaurants)         

March 2, 2011 at 2:35 am Leave a comment

Relive the Music Legend that is Bob Marley Each and Every Monday Night @ Sally Obrien’s: Show Starts at 9:30 p.m.

Listen to the Duppy Conquerors.

Hey reggae fans!!! In the mood for some good ole’ Bob Marley? And who wouldn’t be from time to time? Well now you can satisfy your craving each and every Monday night at Sally Obrien’s Bar and Grill in Somerville with the likes of the Duppy Conquerors. This amazing band, consisting of some of Boston’s premier reggae artists, devotes its entire repertoire to honoring Marley and his great reggae legacy.  The various members of the band have performed with such world renown artist’s as Marley’s very own band The Wailer’s, Ziggy Marley, The Skatalites, Black Uhuru, Eek-A-Mouse, Steel Pulse, Toots & the Maytals … and the list goes on an on.

It as been argued in many music circles that Bob Marley, a virtual hero to so many both artistically and philosophically, should rightfully be considered one of the world’s most influential artists of the 20th century. In 1980, Marley’s last tour with his band earned the distinction of drawing the biggest audiences ever of any  musical act to perform on European soil! A devoted Rastafarian, Marley held fast to his vision of “One world, one love”. He left behind a huge legacy of songs which related to virtually all aspects of life. One of my all-time favorite quotes of his on the wonderful uplifting powers of music, indeed says it all-  “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.


If ever there was a reggae ensemble that is truly dedicated to honoring the music of Bob Marley, the Duppy Conquerors surely fit the bill. The band takes its name from one of  Marley’s song titles which means “killer of bad spirits” which fits the aforementioned quote at the end of the previous paragraph perfectly. Led by Curtis King on vocals, who is known for his endearing stage presence, this extremely dedicated group has developed a reputation for appealing to a rather wide range of audience members. If you visit their website you can even share your Bob Marley listening experiences with the rest of the world. Curtis is joined by fellow band mates John DeCarlo, background vocals and rhythm guitar, Sarah Mendelsohn, lead and background vocals and drums, Carol Nam Koong, background vocals and keyboards, Jonas Kahn, lead guitar, Mark Ferranti, bass, Joe Stewart, trombone and percussion, John Frazee, trumpet and percussion, and Jeff Robinson, saxophone, keyboards, and percussion.  

As an added bonus, you can hear all of this fabulous music for free. Come ready to dance up a storm! Come hungary as well, so you can enjoy some of Sally Obrien’s tasty eclectic cuisine. The menu includes Irish, Mexican, Italian, and American selections. So why not get your Bob Marley fix with the experts. You can join the Duppy Conquerors each and every Monday evening for some of the best in reggae music. 






Event Details:

When:  Every Monday night @ 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sally Obrien’s Bar and Grill (Somerville)

Admission: No cover charge

More Info: 617-666-3589


February 23, 2011 at 3:06 am Leave a comment

Come On Out to Jamaica Plain and Join in the Revival of “The Basement”: the Lively Ungerground International Dance Party: January 29th, Saturday (8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

Spectra Events is bringing its once lively and popular underground international dance party, The Basement, back to life this month. The new location will be at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain. It’s not listed on their calendar as of yet, but I have consulted a number of reliable sources and can therefore assure you that this event will indeed take place. Dance to the live and DJ Rizzla hosted sounds of West African rhythms, soca, Latin, international house music, and more. There’ll even be live drumming performances to add to the excitement! This is a monthly event, each party featuring a different set of world music artists performing or, as in the case of the dj, spinning a diverse array of genres  from various parts of the globe. The mood of this series of dance events is designed to be very informal and laid back so as to encourage an atmosphere of socialization and familiarity among attendees. For this reason the musicians themselves will often perform as if they are in a jam session together. So, put on your dancing shoes and come on out to the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain and join in on all the fun. Afterall, what a great opportunity this gives one to sample a good portion of all that great local world music talent that’s out there just waiting to be discovered, as different bands will be featured each month.


FYI –  Just thought I’d mention that January 28th is Bob Marley Tribute Night at the Midway Cafe.  Doors are scheduled to open at 8:00 p.m. 



Event Details:


When: January 29th, Saturday (8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

Where: Midway Cafe (Jamaica Plain)

Admission: Free

More Info: (For questions)

    To RSVP:

(Area Restaurants)


January 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

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