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Salsa Fiesta

Who makes the best salsa in Albuquerque? Come to Salsa Fiesta in Historic Old Town and find out!

Salsa Fiesta

The 12th Annual Historic Old Town Salsa Fiesta! Salsa Fiesta will be returning to Historic Old Town on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Every year over 20 non-professional cooks come out to make salsa on site with the hope that theirs will be voted the best homemade salsa in the City by voting attendees from all over the Southwest. All of this takes place while crowds of people dance to live entertainment, enjoy free kids’ activities such as face painting and rock walls, and embrace everything Old Town has to offer including dining, shopping and more.

Entertainment Schedule

  • Terra Plena
  • Mala Maña
  • Sabor Canela
  • Frankie Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars

Frankie Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars

The talented renowned vocal artist Efraín “Frankie” Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars have joined forces to bring to you a wonderfully unique experience at this year's Salsa Fiesta.

Frankie Morales

Efraín “Frankie” Morales is an artist who has perfected his craft with every stop along the way of his
career. This talented vocalist has sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio”, New York City’s Spanish Quartet, and climaxing now on the stages of the world.

He has sung backup vocals and coros for artists such as Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Pellín Rodriguez and Cheo Feliciano. He has been featured as a solo artist on several albums and has won Grammy Awards for his incredible songs. One of his most notable collaborations was with Ernest "Tito" Puente, where he had the opportunity to sing for people of al cultures.

When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings “to the people”: rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, the passion of a true Cantante.

The Albuquerque All-Stars

The Albuquerque All-Stars are a band of very talented local musicians that play in various groups (salsa, jazz, symphony and Professors) and came together with the purpose of backing up out of state Artists.  On their own, they are a force to be reckoned with, as the ABQ All-Stars, they are unstoppable.

The Albuquerque All-Stars are composed of the following members:

  • Jackie Zamora - Back up Vocalist
  • Lester Rodriguez - Back up Vocalist
  • Steve Figueroa - Piano
  • Milo Jaramillo - Bass
  • Ricky Carrido - Conga
  • Victor Rodriguez - Bongo
  • Tomas White - Timbal
  • Sam Nesbitt - Baritone Sax
  • Glenn Kostur - Tenor Sax
  • Chris Buckholz - Trombone
  • Paul Gonzalez - Trumpet
  • Brad Dubbs - Trumpet

Sabor Canela

One of the newer bands to appear on the New Mexican music scene. Sabor Canela is composed of
talented local musicians that have always been passionate about music and have gained performance experience through previous music projects. You will experience a wide variety of up- beat music as Sabor Canela performs, ranging from cumbias from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, sones from Cuba. Puerto Rican upbeat music, and bachata from different Caribbean countries. 



Apply to participate as a competitor for the 2016 Salsa Fiesta here.

Stay tuned for more information!

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