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Monday, 21 January 2013, 01:18 PM

Timba in Colorado!

con Calixto, Pepito & Lily!

La Maquinaria with Calixto Oviedo, Pepito Gomez & Lily D Oviedo

This concert was originally intended to take place back in November in my old hometown of Boulder, Colorado and I was going to be able to attend. But as it is sometimes hard to coordinate musicians' schedules, the concert was postponed until February 10, 2013 at the Fox Theater in Boulder at 8:00pm. It's bad news for me, since I am back in Stockholm and can't make it. But for Colorado timba fans, and I know there are some timberos there in Boulder/Denver, the delay has made it possible for La Maquinaria to bring in more exciting guest artists. In addition to master percussionist Calixto Oviedo, the February 10th concert will feature none other than Pepito Gomez and Lily D Oviedo on vocals! Pepito has been working in Puerto Rico with Jose Lugo y Guasabara while Lily has been performing regularly in Stockholm as well as around Europe and on salsa cruises. The director of La Maquinaria is Armando Santoyo and on piano Gustavo Ramirez currently residing in Los Angeles. It will be a night of timba, Latin jazz and genuine Cuban music. These kind of concerts don't come along so often in Colorado so don't miss it!

Booking for Calixto Oviedo & La Maquinaria
Contact: Mandy Sant

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Sunday, 20 January 2013, 03:05 PM

Maykel Blanco Interview

A Toda Máquina Promo Tour

As you know, Maykel Blanco is currently on a solo tour of Europe, i.e. without los mayores, to promote the new CD "A toda máquina". This is Salsa Mayor's 5th album and it is also the most successful so far. If you don't already have it, you can get it at iTunes and Maykel is selling the CDs during this little tour so hurry before they are sold out! The remaining dates of this 8-country tour are all in France.
January 22 Lille
January 23 Tours
January 24 La Rochelle
January 25 Bordeaux
January 26 Lyon
January 27 Paris

Solo Frank, Maykel Blanco y Moreno @ ClubCaloSolo Frank, Maykel & Moreno @ ClubCalo

It was great to see Maykel again. It's been two years since his last visit to Sweden so we did a little catching up at dinner, which was provided by Cantineros, a relatively new restaurant/salsa club in the center of Stockholm. After dinner here was a lot of action on the dance floor at Cantineros, but the event was held by ClubCalo at a venue called ARENA, so we took off for the club. Poor Maykel suffered quite a lot from the -17 Celcius temperature. This is what Maykel had to deal with last night.

Estocolmo para un cubanoView from the car window

The plan for the night was a salsa party with 3 dance floors: salsa, bachata and timba, Maykel's presentation of the CD "A toda máquina" and a concert by Solo Frank to promote his new CD "A mi manera". Before Maykel went on stage I did a short interview with him. It's all in Spanish. I haven't had time for subtitles. If you don't speak Spanish, here are some interesting details. The song "El songo de todos" was originally intended to be recorded with Los Van Van, but due to differences in their tour schedules, Maykel was forced to record it without them. Thus he came up with the idea of bringing in the most popular young singers in timba. The video is up at YouTube so check it out if you are one of the few who hasn't seen it yet!

Maykel also mentioned the upcoming mega-concert in Lima on February 1st with Calle Real, Havana D'Primera, Klímax and Salsa Mayor at the Centro de Convenciones de Barranco, as well as the summer tour of Europe which will take place in June and will be with the full band of course. You can keep up with Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor via thier Facebook page and their official website

For those who speak Spanish here is the whole 4 minutes y pico at YouTube filmed in the kitchen with workers going back and forth and bachata blasting in the background.

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Friday, 18 January 2013, 05:10 PM

Me lo gané! - CALLE REAL to tour South America

Shows scheduled for Chile and Perú

Our reporter in Chile Erick Ceballo reports that Calle Real is indeed scheduled for concert dates in Chile and Perú. Take a look at our Calle Real Tour Page for more info. 

Calle real South America Tour 2013

Erick reports... "Los suecos de Calle Real se presentan sobre el escenario del club Chocolate, con un show que a nadie dejará sentado, los acompañará la banda local Juana Fé, dando paso a una fiesta del Son!!"

Horario: 21:30 - Edad: +18
Preventa 1 (Solo 100 entradas)
Preventa General $ 9.000 (CLP)
Preventa Vip $ 20.000 (CLP) Con cover 

Preventa 2 (Hasta el 6 de febrero)
General $20.000 = V.I.P $ 30.000 Con Cover
En Puerta = General $25.000 = V.I.P $35.000

Duración del evento hasta las 04:00 - venta de entradas a traves de ticketeck  - Evento exclusivo mayores de 18.

Calle Real South America Tour 2013

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Friday, 11 January 2013, 10:25 AM

La Charanga Forever

Winter Tour of Peru

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Get ready Peru! Lima is the second capital of timba, and the Peruvian timberos are starting 2013 with some amazing events! First up we have the tour of La Charanga Forever. The band will arrive on Wednesday the 16th and will give a press conference at Club Alianza on the 17th. Between the 18th and 27th the band will perform 11 concerts! Check their tours page to find the complete list of concerts, including the mega salsa event on January 26th at Alianza!

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