Celebrando 2018 – Festival de Salsa y Bomba de Loíza
Featuring Raúl Ayala & Marcos Peñaloza Pica of Los Hermanos Ayala
with Salsa Caliente by Orquesta Trabuko

Saturday, June 9, 2018
6:00 pm —  11:00 pm

The Ballroom at JCC Austin
7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731

Grab your dancing shoes and join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance in Austin. Celebrando 2018 brings together Orquesta Trabuko, the hottest Salsa band in Central Texas, and the high energy of Bomba music and dance from Loíza Puerto Rico led by patriarchs Raúl Ayala and Marcos Peñaloza Pica of Los Hermanos Ayala.
Special youth performances by Guayili de Boriken (Killeen) and PRFDance students. Vendors offering handcrafted artesenia, jewelry, Puerto Rican souvenirs, artwork and more.
Food and beverages available for purchase.
Questions?
+1 512 251-8122

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Adult ticket (age 13+) – $20.00 in advance
($25.00 day of festival)

Child ticket (age 3-12) – $5.00

Lap children (under 3) – Free!

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Salsa Caliente Con Orquesta Trabuko

Bomba de Loíza

En el Batey de los Ayala (July 2017)

Bomba is a poly-rhythmic, music and dance style from Puerto Rico that developed by the late 1700s. West African sugar plantation workers and their descendants would release pent-up feelings through fiery drum rhythms and improvised dances derived from their African heritage, but influenced by the surrounding Spanish and Taíno culture.
 
At Bailes de Bomba (bomba dances), the sound of drums called barriles would draw the crowd into a circle. Dancers would take turns challenging the lead drummer–performing an improvised solo, expressing themselves through the motion of their body and other gestures. The drummer would respond as they danced–playing patterns and accents to create sounds that matched the movements and attitude of the dancer. This dialog between the dancer and the drummer continues today in the modern tradition of Bomba that has been preserved and is practiced across the island and in islands of Puerto Rican culture around the world.
 
Over time, many distinct Bomba rhythms and dance styles developed in different parts of the island. Some styles reflect more Spanish influence, while others remained closer to the African roots. The town of Loíza, has long been recognized as a hub where Bomba traditions have preserved the energy and vibrancy of their African heritage. Rhythms such as Seis Corrido, and Corvé that have roots in Loíza are among the fastest and most energetic of the bomba styles. In Loíza, the Ayala family has long served as protectors, teachers, and emissaries of the Bomba de Loíza for generations. Their performing company, the Hermanos Ayala, has faithfully represented the authentic traditions of a people for nearly 60 years.

Location

The Ballroom at JCC Austin
7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731

The Dell Jewish Community Campus (JCC Austin) campus is located at 7300 Hart Ln, between Far West Blvd and Greystone Drive.

Take Loop 1 (MoPac) to Far West Blvd. Turn West on Far West Blvd. Drive approximately 0.5 miles to Hart Ln. Turn right onto Hart Ln. The JCC is located half a block up Hart Lane on the left. Look for the stone sign marking the entrance to the Dell Jewish Community Campus. There is a guard house where you can ask directions to the main building where the ballroom is located.

Ballroom at JCC Austin

Ballroom at JCC Austin 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731

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The 2018 Celebrando heritage project is made possible in part through funding and support by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.