From a recent thread on my Fan Page concerning Drinking and Dancing:
"…To keep a venue wanting to host a salsa night, the biggest issue by far is bar sales… bar sales keep the lights on and the business open. Without them, owners might find other communities to host or decide to triple or quadruple their door prices to compensate. With them, every bar in town is begging for your community to be there, opening opportunities everywhere you look…."
Salsa dancers are known not to drink much. However, the great thing about Analog Cafe is that their food is just as good as their alcohol. I heartily recommend their Shells and Cheese (Mac and Cheese). Their chefs are legit and don't mess around; everything is made from scratch. Their menu is here.
Muevete Jueves' return last week could not have gone any better. Big thanks to everyone who attended and made it a success. The Casineros opened the eyes of the staff that night.
By the way... if you want to hang out beforehand, I'll be there around 8:00 to have a little dinner before I set up.
*Mike is Rumbanana Salsa Group's Director. Thanks for the words of wisdom, Mike.
Some of you are probably asking why I don't play Cumbia and Merengue, and barely any Raggaeton or Bachata.
Here's a list of available venues for Salsa, and what they play (more or less). There are probably more, but to my knowledge, the following are the main ones:
Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, and Bachata fans have a variety of options for almost every day of the week. Timba fans have substantially less options. When they do get a night where it's played, it's usually mixed in with other genres.
Before Muevete Jueves, there was literally NOWHERE in Portland dedicated to just Timba.
I'm very thankful to The Grand Cafe for allowing me to have a Timba night over the weekend. There were a couple miscues with the sound system in the beginning, but managed to work it out with a bit of help (thanks, Alberto and Evan).
For those of you who were not happy with the music that I played- If you don't like the Timba that I play, that's totally fine with me; that's your preference. You are more than welcome to go to another venue to hear what you want; with the list above, it's obvious you have PLENTY of opportunities and choices each and every day of the week. However, it's time that Casino dancers and Timba lovers in Portland received an event dedicated to what they want to hear.
If you object to that, I don't know what else to tell you.
When you have a mix of personalities come together for classes every week (or in some cases, visiting from out of town every so often), something memorable is usually said. Hence, here are some of the more insightful, thought-provoking, revealing, and/or humorous quotes from the past year:
Friends from high school
The philosophy behind good social dancing, leading, following, and topics that discuss more than just Salsa Cubana.