The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is throwing a dance party in April featuring the band Combo Sabroso, a Latin band with reggae influences out of Boston. All proceeds benefit the festival, a volunteer-run nonprofit celebrating its eighth season, as it states in a press release.
The fundraiser takes place at the recently refurbished Ames Hall — in the Salem YMCA — on Saturday, April 26, from 8-10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). It’s sponsored by Howling Wolf Taqueria, Ruby Wines and Salem Cycle.
Tickets (available at salemjazzsoul.org, and Pamplemousse, In a Pig’s Eye, both in Salem) are $25 and proceeds fund the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s non-profit mission of producing free concerts and supporting music education causes on the North Shore. This is SJSF’s only ticketed show of the year, said the release.
About Combo Sabroso: Combo Sabroso (tasty combo) presents soul cleansing Latin dance music and reggae. Lead by pianist Matt Jenson, the group is committed to the hard hitting “salsa dura” sound of the 1970s, playing hits from the likes of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Oscar D’leon and Sonora Poncena. The band also does salsa arrangements of American R&B hits from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Santana. The group can turn on a dime and hit you with reggae versions of massive pop hits by artists such as Elton John, Steve Miller and The Police. The band’s members are from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Saint Maarten, Venezuela and the United States.