A summer in Florida is no verano en Nueva York
. For one, it’s eternally hotter, making it more of a hellish nightmare than a dream to be outside dancing salsa in the street. But listening to the song of the same name from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico inspires us to sway and swirl on the cobblestones of Wall Street Plaza and hope for a festival of mamoncillo
sometime soon in Orlando. Known worldwide as the “University of Salsa,” El Gran Combo has been in the business of putting out hits like “Gotas de Lluvia,” “Azuquita pa’ el Café” and “Me Liberé” under the direction of legendary pianist Rafael Ithier for more than 55 years. Famous musicians, like Andy Montañez, have learned the rhythm trade with this orchestra, while others like Celia Cruz and Héctor Lavoe have recognized its talents and asked for accompaniment. You can’t miss a salsero
treat like this, so go menea los mangos
to the music of these giants at the Hard Rock Live this weekend.
9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | hardrock.com/orlando