The infectious rhythms of salsa, merengue and cha-cha kept The Linda’s dance floor hopping all night long on Saturday, as Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra celebrated not only the release of their ninth album “Anejo,” but also the 30th anniversary of the band.
30 years?!? What’s the secret of their longevity?
Alex told me that he has kept the band together by having a sense of mission, knowing the audience and most importantly – loving what he does. That love certainly radiated throughout the theater on Saturday night. The music not only touched the soul; it made you want to move and sway. If you were at The Linda on Saturday, you were at least tapping your feet.
Friends, fans, family and former band members were all present to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the one of the Capital District’s longest running bands. Guest musicians included:
Enrique Jr. Lopez – Quatro
Luis Morales – Bass
David Ortiz – Congas
Walter Ramos – vocals
The band opened Saturday night’s celebration with the same song that opens their new CD, “Macolina.” Then bassist Torres and the rest of the band proceeded to play a variety of selections culled from throughout their impressive 30-year history – all driven by infectious Latin dance rhythms. Other highlights included their old ’80s chestnut, “Noche Habanera,” and the encore, “La Bamba.”
The crowd was repeatedly asked, “Is everybody happy?” There was really no need for a response from the audience. You could read the answer in the smiles on their faces.
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
ALEX TORRES & HIS LATIN ORCHESTRA SET LIST
La Rumba No Canto Mas
No Me Arrepiento
No Resisto Mas
Son de la Loma
Medley Ismael Rivera
Sancocho Con Guaguanco
La Gran Juma
Dejate de Boberias