The Bay Area is no stranger to the sun-soaked melodies, breezy tropical beats, and punchy horns of Afro-Cuban pop and jazz. When visas were easier to come by a few years back, bands like Los Van Van, Cubanismo!, and the circle of players associated with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club regularly made the rounds at the finer local nightspots, firing up dance floors and stirring a lust for the exotic in listeners of all ages. So when... More >>>