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Rumba Calzada set to Heat up Salt Spring

ArtSpring will sizzle on July 15 when Rumba Calzada heats up the stage with its powerful blend of Latin grooves and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Part of ArtSpring’s sixth annual summer festival, this smoking quintet performs on Friday July 15 at 8:00pm.

The equatorial heat of their percussion-driven sound simmers with the coolness of West Coast jazz. Piano, vocals, bass and horn arrangements defy the percussive pull beneath and seem to float breezily above.

Individually the players reflect Vancouver’s cultural mosaic, sprouting from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. Rumba Calzada’s take on Latin music is also reflective of its locale, yet, as one critic wrote, “this is real deal salsa.”

Audiences have been grooving to Rumba Calzada’s Latin explosion of original and classic in clubs and concert halls since 1991. Their recordings have captured the attention of the music industry with nomitations for Canadian Independent Music Award, West Coast Music Award, and the Juno Award.

Rumba Calzada includes Rolo Preza on vocals and percussion, Lou Mastroianni at the piano, Rod Murray playing trombone, Allan Johnson on bass and vocals, and Phil Belanger playing timbales and drums.

Rumba Calzada is the third performance in ArtSpring’s summer line-up for eleven concerts featuring international talent. Highlights include Rosheen, performing a blend of French and Irish music, Divas of Diversity, showcasing Armenian and Arabic music, and Deep Cove Jazz, featuring four of Canada’s best known jazz musicians.

Full festival details are available at Tickets for the July 15 performance can be ordered on line at or by calling the Ticket Centre at 537-2102.

A special feature of this year’s festival is a “made on Salt Spring” intermission concession, including Gelato Delizioso and Harlan’s chocolates.

Sizzling Summer Nights is proudly sponsored by Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art. The Rumba Calzada performance is supported by Gelato Delizioso.

Latin Jazz, Salsa & Afro-Cuban fans will not want to miss the band that Los Angeles Latin Beat Magazine said is “guaranteed to move your feet and reach your soul.”

A new feature of this year’s festival is a special “made on Salt Spring” intermission concession, including Gelato Delizioso and Harlan’s chocolates.

Officially opened in April 1999 by Robert Bateman, ArtSpring is an 11,800 sq. ft., two-level, heavy timber structure boasting a 5,200 sq. ft. exhibition/multi-purpose area and a 6,600 sq. ft, 259-seat theatre. ArtSpring the centre of cultural events on Salt Spring Island and is the only professional year-round presenter of concerts and other events.

For ticket information please contact:
Ticket Centre at ArtSpring 250-537-2102 or 866-537-2102 (toll free)

For more information, please contact:
Paul Gravett, Executive Director, ArtSpring 250-537-2125

Past Performances    
  Deep Cove Jazz with Ryga/Rosnes Quartet Aug 13 2006
  Rumba Calzada July 15 2005
  Lorne Elliot - commedian Feb 9 2005
  Rob McConnell - jazz musician Feb 27 2005

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