Saturday, June 13th, 2009 @ 11PM

The West Gate Lounge Presents:




Quimbombó is a groove oriented band with a musical base in the Cuban són (the contagious dance music championed by Buena Vista Social Club that is the main ingredient in salsa); they always maintain strong elements of improvisation and spontaneity in their sound.  Quimbombó (pronounced keem-bohm-BO) is the title of a classic Cuban són from the 1950's; it means “okra” or “gumbo” in Spanish.  The group’s lively and unique sound has excited audiences at many venues including Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, SOB’s, the Brooklyn Museum, La Belle Époque, and Gonzalez y Gonzalez.  They have recorded two CDs, Quimbombó, released in 2004, and Conga Electrica, released in July 2008.


The band features two Cuban vocalists: Grammy-nominated David Oquendo, and Igor Arias.  Oquendo is a highly accomplished and respected interpreter of many diverse styles of Cuban music; in Cuba, he rose to fame performing with the late Compay Segundo, one of the vocalists featured in Buena Vista Social Club. Arias, who grew up in a musical family in Havana, is known for his energetic style of improvising and has worked with artists such as Juan Carlos Formell, and Paquito D’Rivera.


Musical director, arranger/composer, and percussionist Nick Herman has been involved with Cuban music for over 15 years. In addition to Quimbombó, he has worked with artists such as Trey Anastasio, Gary Morgan & Panamericana, Nanni Assis, Roberto Poveda, and Dendê.  Over the years Nick has shared the stage with legends such as Candido and Kenny Barrett and paraded as a ritmista (drummer) in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval in 2005 and 2008.


Conga Electrica, The scond album from New York-based Quimbombó, brings together musicians from Cuba, Brazil the U. S. and five other countries for a refreshing take on Cuban dance music.  While strongly rooted in the traditional son style, this record incorporates non-traditional elements such as electric guitar and a Brazilian-style bateria (drum section) to create an energetic new sound.


REVIEWS of Conga Electrica:


"It’s hard not to hope the electric experiment

keeps on going. Highly Recommended."

--Peter Watrous,


"This new set from this hard charging

New York based/world oriented crew will blow your ears wide open.

A savory gumbo that keep the caliente muy... "

--Midwest Record


"The two halves add up to a sweet whole,

perfect for those who like Cuban sounds

offered up with a few welcome surprises."


"...rambunctious...Within the musical context of Quimbombó,

we've grown accustomed to authenticity.

In a very modern setting, that's what we got. "

--Nestor Louis,


"...Este trabajo es una pieza de colección para futuros curiosos

y coleccionistas, en donde podemos apreciar la magia de Cuba,

New York y Brasil en una sola grabación...Altamente Recomendado."

--Raul Mosquera,


"In sintesi, un album delizioso..."





Best Western Nyack On Hudson

26 Route 59 Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: (845) 358-8100


Latin Dance Lessons from 8-10pm

DJ starts at 10pm

Live Music at 11pm

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