classic salsa, bolero, son, guajira, afro-cuban, latin jazz in NY?

I have had so much trouble finding anything online. I'm trying to find a venue that plays live classic salsa, bolero, son, guajira, slow jams and that is not very crowed, somewhere where you can just go and sit down and listen to good music. Is there any such place in NY? Please help me.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    (1) S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil)

    (212) 243-4940

    204 Varick Street (Corner of West Houston St.)

    This long standing dance hall claims Brazil in its name, but its music policy opens the stage to bands from any country that can fill the place with a groove and a butt shaking beat that keeps you sweating all night long. A tropical party ensues most nights of the week, but check their website for schedule. You can always count on La Tropica Mondays, with 6:30 salsa lessons followed by a live Latin Band. And of course, Samba Saturdays, when the real sounds of Brasil start spilling out onto Varick Street starting at 8:00 PM with rotating groups followed by the 2:00 AM Manhattan Samba weekly gig. Prices are from $10 to $20, with an incentive to buy tickets in advance.

    (2) Sweet Rhythm

    Sweet Basil RIP -- closed April 30, 2001

    (212) 255-3626

    88 7th Ave. South (Bleecker/Grove Sts.)

    Sweet Rhythm is now open for business 7 days a week. Taking up where Sweet Basil left off, the club is again up and running after a year and a half restructuring. Their sound leans more on world rhythms but straight ahead fans will be satisfied with their bookings as well. Housed in the heart of Greenwich Village, Sweet Rhythm features both live and recorded, traditional, contemporary and hybrid music from all over the planet including jazz, blues, salsa, rai, reggae, merengue, samba, high life, flamenco and many other styles. Sweet Rhythm has been outfitted with a state of the art sound system. The sounds and the environment are complimented by a menu featuring meat, fish, and fowl dishes, as well as vegetarian items. The club also features a modern yet comfortable decor and an emphasis on a friendly relaxed ambience. Sweet Rhythm has featured several jazz greats such as Kenny Barron, Steve Lacy, Jon Lucien, Victor Lewis, Rasheid Ali, Sonny Fortune, John Hicks, Kenny Garrett and many others including: Los Hobres Calientes, salsa from Manny Oquendo y Libre, the Senegalese drum choir known as Sing Sing Rhythms; the funk of Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination, the Brazilian samba and bossa nova of Vinicius Cantuaria and Soli, the blues of Chicago-born guitarist Marvin Sewell and the soulful folk music of the multi-linguistic Marta Topferova. Musicians, poets, djs and other artists take the stage at 8pm and 10pm with midnight shows on Friday and Saturday. Cover charges range from $10 to $25, dress is your option.

    (3) K’av’eh’az 123 Mercer St. (btwn. Prince & Spring Sts.) 212-343-0612

    A Euro-styled coffee house and art gallery in SoHo that has jazz nightly and starting in the afternoon on weekends. They feature straight ahead artistes as well as Latin jazz and flamenco guitar (Sundays from 4-7). Ray Vega performs weekly on Wednesdays with his Boperation. An open blues jam takes place Mondays 9-12. $8 minimum on food or drink.

    (4) Zinc Bar

    (212) 477-8337

    90 W. Houston St. (Thompson St. / LaGuardia Pl.)

    Open 7 days 6 P.M. - 3:30 A.M. on weeknights, and till 4 A.M. on weekends. Weekly theme nights dominate the schedule. Monday showcases the guitar trio of Ron Affif with featured vocalist at 9:00 and 11:00, 12:30. Featured bands play 3 sets Tues. - Thurs. at 9:00, 11, and 12:30. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are jazz nights, while Thursdays are Latin, Fridays are African and Saturdays are Brazilian Bossa Nova. Fri. and Sat. the first set starts at 11. Sundays starting at 9:30 welcomes Cidinho Tiexeira and Brazilian samba into the night. A lounge exists in back for your smoky comfort. There's a $5 cover and a one drink minimum, and the service charge for drinks is included on the check to safeguard the wait staff.

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