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Santa Monica Jazz on the Lawn Wraps Up Sunday with Hot Salsa


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By Lookout Staff

August 22, 2018 -- Santa Monica's popular Jazz on the Lawn concert series wraps up Sunday with the hot tropical sound of Orquesta Tabaco y Ron.

The 10-piece big band orchestra -- which will take the stage at 5 p.m. -- is composed of musicians from all over Latin America.

Tabaco y Ron
Tabaco y Ron

The band "has appealed to devoted salsa dancers and Latin music DJ's worldwide," concert organizers said.

Dancers can gear up for the the high-energy performance with a free salsa dance lesson , at 4:30 p.m..taught by Rudy Zalez, a professional salsa dancer known for his charisma and distinctive style.

Joe Hernandez-Kolski, co-founder of Downbeat 720, an open-mic event for high school performers, will host the show.

Food trucks include the Gastrobus, Tacos Super Gallito and King Kone.

There will be family-fun activities for children and adults, including outdoor hockey and giant blocks beginning one hour before the concert.

The park -- which includes a children’s playground, restrooms and accessible parking -- is an eight-minute walk from the 26th Street/Bergamot Expo Line Station and served by the Big Blue Bus Route 5 on Olympic Boulevard.

The Gandara Park lot offers free parking as well free bike valet starting at 4 p.m. Free parking also is available after 3:30 p.m. in the nearby Agensys parking lot at 1800 Stewart Street.

Jazz on the Lawn is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. In-kind support is provided by the City of Santa Monica Water Resources Division.

For more information on the series, visit


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