With the exception of just a handful of people, the dancing throughout most of Sierra Maestra’s performance set was limited to the area behind the seating, far from the stage where the Cuban band was firing up their percolating rhythms. It wasn’t until the encore that the band seemed to notice and point-blank asked the audience to get out of their seats and dance to the music.
Well, it turned out that that was all it took. Within seconds it seemed as though the area in front of the Music Haven stage was filled with all kinds of dancers. Some knew what they were doing in the Latin realm of organized dancing, but most didn’t. And that’s OK because they just moved to the infectious rhythms and beats of this world-class Cuban ensemble.