Adams State College host hot salsa music Aug. 23

(08-15-2008)

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There will be dancing in the streets with Savor, a Cuban Salsa Band, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 on Stadium Drive in front of the Adams State College Student Union Building. The street will be blocked off for an authentic street dance, free and open to the public.

Helping to organize the event, Oneyda Maestas, instructor of the Adams State salsa classes, said she has been dreaming of bringing a live salsa band to Alamosa. "Fall Student Orientation is going to be memorable," she said. "Savor is amazing and they have a unique history and diverse backgrounds."

Maestas said most of the band members were exiled from Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. "They remember the Cuban Street Music and today share that beautiful sound with audiences across the United States."

Now living in Santa Fe, Savor musicians include Victor Alvarez, Cuban born award-winning mandolinist and guitarist and lead vocals; Diego Maestas, originally from New Mexico, vocals, drums, conga; Rene Navarro, Habana, Cuba, vocals, timbales, and conga; Ramon Calderon, Guantanamo, Cuba, vocals, hand percussion and conga; and Jeremy Bleich, bass.

According to the website SAVOR, Savor music includes Cuban and Afro-Cuban songs and rhythms based on the original Cuban 'Son'; which is the grandfather of modern 'Salsa' rhythms. The music is performed in an informal street-like manner, making it raw and infectiously dance-able. In addition, Savor's repertoire includes many other Latin American and Spanish songs for the eclectic and Latin hungry taste.

The concert is co-sponsored by ALMA, the Monte Vista Festival Committee and Adams State Student Life. "Savor is excited about to be a part of our campus," Maestas said. "It will be an evening not many will forget."

For more information on the concert call Maestas at 719-587-7859.

By Linda Relyea