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Get Ready to Salsa When Spanish Harlem Orchestra Takes Over the Empire Theatre


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The Spanish Harlem Orchestra has established itself as a fixture on the San Antonio tour circuit, and for good reason. With a sound harkening to the classic Latin big band style of Tito Puente and Perez Prado, the 13-piece orchestra has proven itself a perfect fit for Salsa-loving San Anto.

Fifteen years since keyboardist Oscar Hernandez formed the group, ostensibly as a limited arrangement, the New York-based band has released six albums and racked up some serious miles on tour. Anchored by Hernandez’s percussive piano work in the rhythm section and backed by an ace horn line, SHO’s most key feature is their front line of singers, who keep things swinging in the tradition of legendary salseros Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to move.

$29-$99, Fri Aug 10, 7:30pm, Charline McCombs Empire Theater, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-2891,

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