El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico plays las Fiestas Patronales in Loíza, Puerto Rico

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is Puerto Rico’s most successful musical group, and “the most popular Salsa group that has ever existed.”

El Gran Combo plays La Boom

Friday, July 19, 2019 ~ El Gran Combo and Binomio de Oro (vallenato) celebrate Colombian Independence Day at La Boom nightclub in Woodside, Queens at 10pm. From $38.

La Boom is a small venue and Colombia is going to be celebrating big time. This should be a great show.

El Gran Combo plays Radio City

The band and La Sonora Ponceña play Puerto Rican salsa at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8pm. From $86

El Gran Combo plays Madison Square Garden

The band plays Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8pm.

El Gran Combo plays Ford Amphitheater

The band plays the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 7pm. $35 – $134

El Gran Combo closes B.B. King Blues Club

The band plays B.B. King Blues Club’s closing week with Eddie Palmieri in Midtown, Manhattan on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8 pm. $69 – $125

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is the most popular Salsa band ever

The orchestra was founded in 1962 by Rafael Ithier. He is still around as honorary music director.

A lot of famous Salseros were part of the band over the years. Ismael Rivera, Roberto Roena, Andy Montañez, Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas, and many more. So many great artists have been part of the band that the Colombians call it “La Universidad de la Salsa” (The Salsa University).

El Gran Combo’s first album was Menéame los mangos (Shake My Mango 1963). Their third album Acángana (1964) opened doors for the band when it went No. 1 in New York, Puerto Rico, and Panama. The band got their own television show in Puerto Rico El Show de las 12.

The band opened for the FANIA All-Stars at the legendary 1973 concert at Yankee Stadium.

El Gran Combo is still going strong. For New York there is nothing like la Salsa de Puerto Rico.

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