Grevel Lindop

Poet, biographer, critic, essayist and writer on just about everything

Mojito Magic at Tower Ballroom

Salsa band ‘Mojito’. Blackpool Tower Ballroom December 2010 from Simon Lowe on Vimeo.

Mojito warming up for the show

Local salsa band Mojito gave us another wonderful night at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool on Saturday. Almost everyone from Manchester salsa was there – big contingents from Les and Lorraine’s ManCuban and from Sola Salsa’s Spreadeagle Tuesday Rueda clan as well as lots of old friends from Opus, La Tasca and elsewhere.

Amanda with Rohan Brown - Why do they find this guy so irresistible? (Note to self: Wear black tie next time...)

Mojito were well on form with their typical chunky, authentic Cuban sound, excellent percussion from Christian Weaver and Rich Silwa and fine brass, keyboards and the rest from other great musicians I sadly don’t know by name.

And there were two vocalists – Damien and a friend who again, regrettably, I don’t yet know personally but hope to get introduced to. The vocals were as crisp and inventive as ever, with lots of neat little dance setps and Damien’s sense of comedy and verbal invention well on display. It’s wonderful to see these guys enjoying themselves so much on stage and it’s very infectious too.

The crowd was heaving, the sprung floor was bouncing

I hadn’t been to the Tower Ballroom before and it really is stunning: the vast height of the ceiling reminds you of a cathedral and the whole place is overrun with lavish flowing gold ornament and these incredible ceiling paintings – ladies with Chinese partasols flying through the air, people in carnival masks and holding lutes floating serenely among the clouds – it reminded me of the opium dreams of my favourite writer, good old Thomas De Quincey.

A wonderful setting. With the music powering away – long, inventive, exciting songs with plenty of improvisation and plenty of that sexy rumba feeling to them – it was a marvellous evening and I was sad to leave.

Check out Mojito on Facebook for news of their Christmas party, and don’t forget they’re also playing at Hollingworth Lake on 27 December just to blast away any post-Christmas sleepiness and head us for the New Year in dynamic style! ¬°Feliz Navidad, amigos!

Opus Girls Promise a Salsa Valentine!

Valentine Girls: Katherine Rosati, Vicky Gouldbourn, Jack Mellor (photo by Lydia Oslejova)

Valentine Girls: Katherine Rosati, Vicky Gouldbourn, Jack Mellor (photos by Lydia Oslejova)

Opus in the Printworks, Manchester was as good as ever on Sunday 7 Feb, with excellent DJing from Alex and a sparkling surprise in the shape of a troupe of gorgeous ladies giving out chocolates and inviting everyone to write valentines – all just to let us know about the upcoming Valentine Salsa Ball on 12 Feb at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport, organised by La Casa de la Salsa. Full details (plus more amazing and beautiful photos) are at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=157097846260 and it should be a fantastic evening.

STOP PRESS:

Tight Squeeze at Opus...
Tight Squeeze at Opus…

The next SALSA REPUBLIC at Chorlton Irish Club will now be on 27 FEB (not 20 Feb as previously announced)!!!

My Valentine (caught by the pararazzi AGAIN!!!)

My Valentine (caught by the paparazzi AGAIN!!!)