Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Salsa Under the Stars at Grossmont College

If salsa music gets your hips swaying, but you’ve got two left feet on the dance floor, Grossmont College’s “Salsa Under the Stars” is just the perfect evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

Complete with free dance lessons an hour before the main event, the music department’s “Salsa Under the Stars,” is a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.

What’s being billed as Grossmont College’s first major outdoor concert event is set to take place at the Main Quad

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, with proceeds going to the Grossmont College Music Scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased at the Main Quad on the evening of the performance or online with the tickets picked up at will-call in front of Bldg. 26, Room 220.

The event starts with free salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the 13-piece Manny Cepeda Orchestra, which blends classic salsa with Cumbia, Afro-Cuban and World music. In addition to raising scholarship funds, “Salsa Under the Stars” is a celebration of the release of Cepeda’s latest classic salsa CD, “Padre Querido.”

A mainstay on the salsa circuit in San Diego for the past 13 years, Cepeda’s first salsa album, “Bomba & Plena” debuted in 2014 and has been featured at top clubs and festivals, including Gator by the Bay and the Chula Vista Harbor Fest. Cepeda’s orchestra plays a unique fusion of salsa and other rhythms from his past as an enlisted bandleader in the U.S. Navy who traveled the world. Cepeda leads an international group from his native Puerto Rico, as well as other band members from Panama, Japan and throughout the United States – all performing a blend of salsa, cumbia, Afro-Cuban and World music.

Also taking the performance stage will be Grossmont College Music Department chair and jazz trumpet player Derek Cannon, Classical Guitar Studies director Fred Benedetti, the Grossmont Master Chorale and others.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District serves about 30,000 students each semester, about 20,000 at Grossmont College and almost 10,000 at Cuyamaca College. For more information about the colleges, go to

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