Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
Saturday, May 28
6:30 pm Salsa dance instruction, free
7:30 pm Performance with dancing, priced separately
at the Roxbury Arts Center
5025 Vega Mounatin Road
Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and
Jean Orr, Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties
Kick-off the summer with the moves and sounds of Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros, a gritty, witty and streetwise 7-piece band! A salsa-dance lesson precedes this party-performance at the Roxbury Arts Center this Memorial Day Weekend.
Gerardo Contino, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” is a Cuban singer and songwriter who has been a part of a number of renowned Cuban bands in Havana since his youth. Before leaving Cuba in 2009, Gerardo was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized Cuban Salsa and Jazz orchestras in Cuba, under the directorship of Jose Luis Cortes. Since 2012, Gerardo started his own band, Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros, in New York City with Axel Tosca Laugart, Luisito Quintero, and John Benitez. Their debut album, “Somos Latinos,” was released to critical acclaim in 2013, and they were selected by WNYC/NPR as Manhattan’s Best Band of 2015.
Gerardo has toured in Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. He has played in international festivals of salsa and jazz such as: Toulouse Festival, France; Latin American Festival of Milan, Italy; Festival Fiesta, Rome, Italy; Festival of Múnich, Switzerland, Copenhagen Festival, Denmark; Salsa Festival of Verona, Italy; and, Afro-American Roots of Maracay, Venezuela. In his new hometown of New York City, he has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), BB King Blues Club, Le Poisson Rouge, the Bronx Museum, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others. Gerardo has also shared the stage with such artists as Max Weinberg, Oscar de Leon, Larry Harlow, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo, La India, Los Van Van, Xiomara Laugart, Carlos Varela, Alexander Abreu, Frank Fernandez, Osdalgia, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kelvis Ochoa, David Torrens, and Jose Armando Gola.