Pachanga Alert! Cinco de Mayo

7:30PM, Doors Open @ 6:30PM Live Music
9:00PM - 2:00AM Salsa Dancing

"Pachanga means party - and while not all of the music we do is party music - coming together in convivencia and consciousness is indeed a cause for celebration! "

Pachanga Alert! Performs a festive and lively blend of music from México, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina & Colombia. Drawing on cumbia, salsa, vallenato, polka and nueva cancion, the ensemble uses lush harmonies and infectious rhythms to bring a fun, modern flair to the rich traditions of Latin American music. In addition to original pieces, the group offers creative arrangements of traditional songs and music by Lila Downs, Silvio Rodriguez, Beny More, Carlos Vives, Jorge Drexler, Mercedes Sosa, and more.

Make it a full night of music with Pachanga Alert!, Salsa Dancing with Yakima Salsa Dancing Co. and tacos!

Musicians:

Alejandro Fleites is a vocalist and guitarist born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He is equally at home with the classic boleros of the 40s and 50s as he is with the nueva trova of the 60s and contemporary music from around Latin America. When hes not playing around the Puget Sound, Alejandro teaches high school in Bremerton.

Guitarist, vocalist and composer Sandra Aguilar is part of the popular duo, Once Minutos, as well as the Yakima-based trio La Cantina. Sandra grew up between Mexico and the Northwest, has a deep knowledge of Mexican ballads and rock en español, and works to create accessible housing in the Yakima Valley.

Vocalist and percussionist Gema Aguilar, along with her sister Sandra, grew up singing and playing guitar. In addition to performing with La Cantina, Gema is an enthusiastic dancer who enjoys salsa, flamenco and ballet folklórico. She is also an emergency room nurse in Central Washington.

Vocalist, violist and bassist, Stephanie Hsu is a conservatory-trained violist who performs with the Yakima Symphony and leads the youth development program Yakima Música en Acción (YAMA). Inspired by the Venezuelan system known as El Sistema, YAMA offers youth leadership through music to the children of Yakimas working families.

Antonio Gómez is a percussionist and educator who has studied in Latin America, Southern Europe and North Africa. He performs with Tango del Cielo and Trio Guadalevín, among others. He works with the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, Creative Advantage, Humanities Washington and public television.