Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros is NYC’s best Cuban dance band. It’s led by Gerardo Contino, Axel Tosca Laugart, and Yusnier Bustamante Sanchez.
Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros are NYC’s best Cuban Dance Band
Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros is a band that is getting hot in 2017. The core of director and singer Gerardo Contino, artistic director, pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante, are all Havana Cubans.
They call Gerardo “El Abogado de la Salsa Cuba” (the lawyer of Cuban Salsa). He is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer. That makes Gerardo and Rubén Blades the two most famous lawyers in Salsa.
In Cuba, Contino was the lead singer of NG La Banda, one of the Cuban bands that grew out of the Cuban legends Irakere and Los Van Van. NG La Banda defined Timba, the Cuban pop mix of Salsa, Funk, and Afro-Cuban folk. Contino founded Los Habaneros when he came to New York City.
Axel has a great Timba-oriented band of his own and also plays for his mom, Cuban vocal legend Xiomara Laugart. When you fly into Havana, that’s her voice you hear singing Guantanamera in the airport. She really is a guantanamera, a woman from Guantanamo.
When you consider their backgrounds, Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros starts to make a lot of sense: Salsa + Funk + Afro-Cuban folk.
Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros Albums
Los Habaneros’ first album, Somos Latinos (2013) earned critical acclaim. But it’s their live shows that get people talking, and dancing. “People who can’t even dance were trying,” said Alicia Olatuja of NPR/WNYC about a live performance.
Los Habaneros NYC
Los Habaneros stretch their wings with Los Habaneros NYC (January 26, 2018). Like the title says, the album moves with the variety of rhythms that make up our city. There’s Cuban/Puerto Rican Salsa, Cuban Timba, Dominican Bachata and Merengue, Colombian Vallenato, and even some old Irish melodies thrown in for good measure.
The album is like a tour through our neighborhoods. There’s Union City, El Barrio and Loisada, Washington Heights, Jackson Heights and more. This is who we are as Latinos, a mix of all peoples from all places.
The music flows with that happy, loving tropical spirit that is Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros’ signature. This is a band that is growing beautifully. Better see them while you still can.
Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros in New York City 2017 – 2018
The band is based here so we get to see them regularly.
Contino plays Las Tapas in Washington Heights, Manhattan on Friday, April 13.
Los Habaneros play Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, Manhattan on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm & 8:30 pm. $25
Los Habaneros play Friday Salsa Night at SOBs in Hudson Square (West SoHo) on Friday, April 27 at 5 pm. $10 – $15
The band plays a Free concert for dancing at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Free
Los Habaneros play Madison Square Park in Manhattan’s Flatiron District on Wednesday, August 1.
Los Habaneros play The Archway in DUMBO, Brooklyn on August 23 at 6 pm.
Past Shows 2017 – 2018 Season
The band plays the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea on September 25, 2017 from 11pm – 4am.
The band plays the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on October 17, 2017.
The band plays with the Max Weinberg Orchestra at The Frick Collection museum in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
The band plays a Cuba Caliente party at The Woods in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sundays November 5, 12, 19, & 21 from 6 – 11 pm.
The band plays a Habana Nights party at Lucille’s in the B.B. King Blues Club in Midtown, Manhattan on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11 pm. $15, Ladies Free
Contino and Los Habaneros play the Fat Cat in Greenwich Village on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8 pm.
Gerardo Contino does an Unplugged show at Las Tapas in Washington Heights, Manhattan on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Contino plays Latin Grooves at The Django in the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm.
Past Shows 2016 – 2017 Season
Gonzalez y Gonzalez CubaCaliente! January 18 & 25, 2017, 9pm-1am
BAMCafe Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:30-10:30pm
Contino is singing with FANIA All-Star Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28. It’s a powerful show and Larry Harlow is a really great guy. The only problem is there isn’t much space to dance at the Blue Note. You will want to dance.
The band plays the Habana Nights, Saturday June 10 Midnight-2am, and the Closing (for now) party Thursday, June 13 at 11pm at Subrosa in the Meatpacking District. No cover
The band plays the Zafra Jams AfroCuban Block Party at The Woods in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 3-10pm.
The band plays Terraza 7 in Woodside/Jackson Heights, Queens on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10pm. $12
For more information, visit www.LosHabanerosNYC.com