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Bay Area Salsa Bands

The San Francisco Bay is the home to some of the top salsa and Latin music bands in the country. From the Grammy award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra to local favorites such as Avance and Sasón, the Bay Area is one of the hotbeds for live salsa music. Click on the profiles below to find out more about Bay Area salsa bands, listen to their music, or hire them for your event.


Andy y su Orquesta Callao Location: San Francisco
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Andy Orchestra Callao is a 10 member salsa music groups based in the SF Bay Area. The group was founded in 2004 by Andy Gutierrez, a singer from Peru who performed for…

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Avance Location: San Francisco
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Fronted by red hot singers Armando Cordoba, Jeff Cordoba, Jimmy Flores, and Karl Perazzo, San Francisco’s Avance brings a unique twist to the salsa music scene. The group’s exciting live shows are…

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Edgardo Cambón & Candela Location: San Francisco
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Edgardo & Candela (better known simply as Candela) has been a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 26 years, making them one of the longest running Salsa bands in…

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Edgardo Cambón & LaTiDo Location: Oakland
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Edgardo Cambón y Su Conjunto LaTiDo is a Latin music group based out of Oakland, California. The group was founded in 2003 by Edgardo Cambón, a renowned vocalist and conga drummer who…

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Grupo Bakkan Location: San Francisco
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Grupo Bakkan is salsa band from the San Francisco Bay Area founded in 2000. The group started as a local band by the name of “Toni Nieto y Su Orquestra”, and has…

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Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor Location: San Francisco
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Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor has been bringing hard hitting salsa to Bay Area salseros for nearly 20 years. Hailing from Peru, lead singer and band leader Julio Bravo brings together…

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Mazacote Location: San Francisco
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Louie Romero rose to prominence for his incredible percussion skills as the regular timbales player for legendary salsa musician “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe. Louie is also well known for his work…

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Montuno Swing Location: San Francisco
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Headed up by Grammy winner Christian Tumalan (of Pacific Mambo Orchestra), Montuno Swing is a fresh West Coast salsa band with a Big Band sound.
Montuno Swing features a top-tier collection of…

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Orquesta Borinquen Location: San Francisco
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Orquesta Borinquen is a powerhouse Salsa band from the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the longest running Bay Area salsa bands today.
The group features a mix of young talent…

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Orquesta La Moderna Tradición Location: San Francisco
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Orquesta la Moderna Tradición is a Cuban orchestra based in San Francisco. This 11-piece group plays timba, danzon, and other popular Cuban dance music in the style of traditional Afro-Cuban charanga orchestras,…

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Orquesta Latin HEAT Location: San Jose
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Orquesta Latin HEAT is a new salsa band based in San Jose, featuring a strong rhythm section, authentic Latin percussion, and a swinging horn section. Latin HEAT is a 10-piece Latin band…

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Orquesta N’Rumba Pa’gozar Location: San Francisco
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Headed up by standout band leader Roberto Arteaga, Orquesta N’Rumba Pa’gozar has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic salsa bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hailing from Trujillo,…

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Pa’l Bailador Location: Oakland
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Neftali Rosado Jr y su Orquesta Pa’l Bailador is a salsa band based out of Oakland, with top musicians from around the SF Bay Area. Pa’l Bailador means “For The Dancer”, and…

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Pacho y Orquesta Evolucion Location: Oakland
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Pacho Orquesta Evolucion is a salsa band based in the East Bay formed by Pacho Carrasco in June, 2010. The group is known for their original salsa songs as well as covers…

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra Location: San Francisco
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Proud to call the Bay Area it’s homebase, the Grammy winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) is 19-piece big band that specializes in Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha and Latin Jazz.
Since it’s inception in…

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Pepe y su Orquesta Location: San Francisco
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Pepe y su Orquesta is a salsa band based in the San Francisco Bay Area that has been entertaining audiences since the early 90s. Pepe y su Orquesta is known for their…

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Rumbaché Location: Oakland
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Rumbaché has established themselves as one of the top salsa/timba bands in the Bay Area. Rumbaché (formerly known as “Quimbombo”) plays a wide repertoire of classic and contemporary Cuban and salsa music,…

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Salsón Location: Monterey Bay
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Hailing from the Monterey Bay, Salsón represents a blending of talent – upstart musicians from Monterey Bay share the stage with established names from the San Francisco Bay Area.
A self styled “salsa…

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Somos El Son Location: San Francisco
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Somos El Son is one of the Bay Area’s newest salsa orchestras. Founded in June 2013 by Braulio Barrera, the group specializes in playing music that is designed for dancers, both classic…

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VibraSON Location: San Francisco
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Headed up by long time salsa dancer and instructor Jake Jacobs (a 20 year fixture at Cafe Cocomo!), Conjunto VibraSÓN is one of the Bay Area’s newest Latin bands, coming together in…

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Location: San Francisco
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The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet is one of the top Latin Jazz bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Directed by the 5-time Grammy nominated Wayne Wallace, the group performs at…

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Inactive Bands

The following are Bay Area salsa bands that are currently inactive and no longer playing live music:

La Fuerza Gigante Location: San Francisco
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La Fuerza Gigante (LFG) was a Latin music orchestra based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that entertained audiences for over 10 years. The name of the band means “The Giant Force”,…

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Want to hire a salsa band for your event? Book a Bay Area salsa band by clicking on any of the profiles above, and use the contact information to hire the salsa bands for your event!

Know any great Bay Area salsa bands that aren't listed? Contact us and let us know about them!

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