Live Music, Santiago de Cuba
in santiago you can find almost every day concert, live music
TRANCE, DANCE & PERFORMANCE
Have a look at the pros : salsa, casino, mambo, chachacha or son courses and lessons offered by members of Conjunto Folklorico de Oriente founded in 1959 or Ballet Folclórico Cutatumba, an Afro-Cuban group well-known in North America and Europe. Some of the oldies and goodies of Cuban music still perform : Los Jubilados, 70-year olds, sometimes at Casa de la Trova; Kokoyé, folklore group of Afro-Cuban and Haitian musicians. Not to be missed, the Vocal Divas a band of senior women singing a cappella. Sweat along with young chicos and hot chicas at Discoteca La Iris, calle Aguilera 617, e/Bamada y Placido. Bring ear plugs. And if you don't pick up (because he/she can't hear your opening line), you won't go home alone after cruising (for maybe ... 30 seconds) at Club 300, down the same calle Aguilera, between Lacret and San Felix very close to Parque Cespédes. Bring condoms.
Dancers and musicians performing at Cabaret Tropicana Santiago (similar to Havana's Tropicana) : located about 2 miles out of town : 35cuc per person; on a smaller scale, the Santiago Café at the Melia Santiago Hotel : 5cuc per person. Otherwise, lots of music shows by up-and-coming and established stage artists where dancing along is allowed ; ) Locations on calle Heredia : Casa de la Musica at #208, Casa de la Trova (Patio de Artex) at #304, UNEAC's Patio de la Jutía Conga at #266, Museo del Carnaval at #303, Casa del Estudiante at #205 or the Patio de los Dos Abuelos (Grandfathers' Patio) at calle Pizarro (Pérez Carbo) #5 on Plaza de Marte and Casa de las Tradiciones at 154, calle Jesus Rabi, e/San Fernando y Princesa. On certain Saturday nights, up to 10,000 Santiagueros could show up to dance with live band music when Noches Santiagueras sprouted up in 3-4 different venues, varying from week to week. Are these still on? Check it out.
Casa de las Tradiciones, in the Tivoli district. If you like traditional cuban music and dancing, this is one of the places to go. Pay your admission, go up the narrow stairs and enjoy yourself. Drinks are not expensive, try their mojitos. Can't dance?
No problem as you must be very persistent to resist the cubans, both male and female, asking you on the dancefloor to teach you.
A few mojitos will do the rest. If you come by taxi, ask the driver to pick you up again at closing time.
Dress Code: None, although especially in the weekend cubans like to dress-up. So, no shorts for the night-life, please.
Address: Rabi # 154
Directions: Tivoli district
We are friendly invited to come in and we are welcomed by the Cubans in a very cosy environment.
It’s a lovely small place and there are people dancing the salsa and our ladies are immediately asked to dance. What they very willingly grant. They have very good dance partners this time, you can see that on their smiling faces. This is the place for a fine chat with the Cubans, a dance, cocktail or a beer. The evening is already very old when we go back to our room.
Directions: It's very far from the city centre, best that you ask some Cubans for direction.
My first "one dollar" meeting with local musicians in Santiago - but this one was so special and dedicated to his partner - a cuban musician living in the Netherlands !