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.
The philosophy behind good social dancing, leading, following, and topics that discuss more than just Salsa Cubana.