2022 Lineup / Latin Tropical Stage

We recently re-christened our longtime salsa venue the Latin Tropical Stage to reflect the wider variety of Latin dance music now being offered there. But it’s still the same high energy scene filled with dancers from afternoon into the night. This year, you’ll find an SJZ Beverage Booth to help quench your thirst, and most nearby restaurants and bars will be open for service during stage hours. Also, Culture Night Market will be hosting a dedicated music stage between sets at the Latin Tropical Stage, along with a marketplace featuring local artists and craft vendors. Latin Tropical Stage programming is supported, in part, by the Castellano Family Foundation and by grants from Applied Materials Foundation and the Abierto program of the City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

Son Habana

Sat, Aug 13 @ 3:45pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Fused with the contemporary rhythms of modern Latin music – Salsa, Bachata, Timba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, and Latin Jazz – Son Habana crafts a distinct sound that serves as a new identity for Cuban music.

Son Habana

Son Habana

Sat, Aug 13 @ 3:45pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Clave Dura

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Crafting a fusion of salsa, Cumbia, merengue and bachata, Clave Dura brings together the collective talent of multiple musicians to deliver the authentic sounds of Puerto Rico and Colombia.

Clave Dura

Clave Dura

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Sabor de mi Cuba

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Led by percussionist Carlitos Medrano, Sabor De Mi Cuba fuses Medrano’s Afro-Cuban roots with a world music flourish. Since 2012, the group has been a vehicle for his own compositions and arrangements.

Carlitos Medrano

Sabor de mi Cuba

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Orquesta Taino

Sat, Aug 13 @ 9:45pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Inspired by bands and individuals such as Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Willie Rosario, Eddie Palmieri and many others, Orquesta Taino has developed into one of the most solid, hard-hitting salsa bands in the Bay Area.

Orquesta Taino

Orquesta Taino

Sat, Aug 13 @ 9:45pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Mario y su Timbeko

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Formed by Cuban singer, songwriter and percussionist Mario “Mayito” Salomón, Timbeko incorporates elements of R&B, gospel, jazz and funk into the sounds of popular Cuban Salsa, also known as Timba.

Mario y su Timbeko

Mario y su Timbeko

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Orquesta Latin Heat

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Orquesta Latin Heat is one of the Bay Area’s most popular dance bands. Featuring a swinging three-piece horn section, fiery rhythms and authentic Latin percussion and vocals, the group performs sizzling Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, cumbia and more.

Orquesta Latin Heat

Orquesta Latin Heat

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Orquesta Borinquen

Sun, Aug 14 @ 7:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage

Orquesta Borinquen features some of the youngest and most talented musicians in the Bay Area salsa scene today. Lead and directed by Bill Ortega Jr., Borinquen always puts on an electrifying show and then some.

Orquesta Borinquen

Orquesta Borinquen

Sun, Aug 14 @ 7:30pm
Latin Tropical Stage