Art Don’t Sleep
has been putting together some incredible shows over the last four years. Tonight was no exception. The show was a record release for San Francisco DJ Sake 1
, who is part of the Fania Live CD series
released by the newly reformed Fania Records
. Los Angeles was blessed to hear a set from Sake 1, whose Fania Live release is the best of the series so far. Master percussionist Francisco Aguabella
, now 83 years old and still going strong, followed Sake 1's set. Aguabella's first set of Latin Jazz and Salsa kicked into high gear when Chuchito Valdez,
piano virtuoso and son of the infamous Chucho Valdez
joined in on the keyboards. His thunderous keyboard playing shook the audience out of their seats and on to the dance floor. After Aguabella's first set, the infamous Bobbito
from New York went on the ones and two and rocked a great DJ set full of Fania classics and remixes by the likes of The Candela All Stars
and others. I know Bobbito is a great Hip-Hop and Soul DJ so I was anxious to hear what he could do with Latin music. He did not disappoint.
The dance floor was full of all types, from the Salsaheads who look like they are in competition with each other to the Fania geeks like myself that have no Salsa dance skills whatsoever. I was better off snapping photos and having drinks. Salsa is tricky. Take a person who looks great dancing to Hip-Hop and R&B and put them on a Salsa dance floor. Most of the time they look like they have to go to the bathroom.
I left the show before Aguabella's second set. I wish I could have stayed longer but that’s the pitfalls of working Sunday morning. I’m sure as I write this the show is still going strong.