Top Bands Play at Cafe Cantante

HAVANA TIMES.- The Cafe Cantante located at the Teatro Nacional is a night club offering live presentations of the most popular Cuban bands and soloists of the moment. Located in the basement of the theater, the locale is air conditioned and has a bar and tables around the small stage. There is also a dance floor for the public.

MELODIAS DEL 40, Photo by Leyva Benitez, Bohemia Magazine

Like the recently reopened Delirio Habanero, also located on the grounds of the Teatro Nacional, the Cafe Cantante has both an afternoon matinee from 4-9 p.m. and a late evening program that begins at 11:00 p.m. and runs all night, Wednesday-Sunday.

This week’s shows begin Wednesday October 29 with a matinee featuring Leoni Torres and his group. The former member of the Charanga Habanera timba band has a repertory ranging from salsa to pop. The entrance price is $10.00 CUC (US $12.40).

On Thursday there is both a matinee and night show. Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, one of the pioneer timba bands, starts things off. Besides timba and salsa, the band also plays ballads, son, and other Cuban rhythms. The entrance price is $10.00 CUC. The night show belongs to the group Vuelo 315 (Flight 315) and also costs $10.00 CUC.

Arnaldo Rodriguez
Arnaldo Rodriguez

Friday starts off with Arnaldo y su talisman, presenting salsa music with new melodic variants. The band is one of the many —and probably best— projects of musician and band leader Arnaldo Rodriguez. Formed in 2002 Arnaldo y su talisman is currently highly popular among the Cuban population. The entrance price is $10.00 CUC.

The Friday night program is the new timba band Combinacion de la Habana. Formed less than a year ago, the band has musicians from several top Cuban groups. The entrance is $10.00 CUC.

Singer/songwriter Waldo Mendoza performs Saturday afternoon with the price at $5.00 CUC. Saturday night features Grupo Gitanos and also costs $5.00 CUC.

Sunday Nov. 2 starts off with the Los Kents rock band playing the music of Led Zeppelín, Credence Clearwater, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Janice Joplin, and others. The entrance price is $5.00 CUC. The night show features Melodías del 40, a young orchestra formed in 2005, under the same name as an orchestra that was popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Entrance Price $5.00 CUC