Yumbambé - Keeping it Hot

Do you like your salsa a little spicy? Must your music be packed with some heat, too? Then Yumbambé (pronounced: yoom-bomb-bay) is the band for you.

Yumbambé brings to Columbus the sounds of Latin and Afro-Cuban Salsa. This big band produces large, infectious grooves that demand movement. Bandleader Eric Paton, better known by his friends and fans as “the FISH”, studies locally and abroad to ensure the authenticity of the music he and his cohorts produce. The end product is a high-energy fusion of Latin-dance that will make you sweat.

This large ensemble packs the stage with a saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute, bass, a standard drum set and percussion section, and piano. Vocalists Maria Duque Rivera and Eddie Estremera fuel the fire. Throw in some intriguing backing vocals and you have a sound that’s as enormous as their fan base.

For years, Yumbambé has been a big draw at the summer’s Latino Festival, but they’ve also made a home for themselves in an old firehouse on the corner of Broad and Parsons (better known as the Columbus Music Hall). Swarms of people of all-ages and all-ethnicities pile in every Tuesday night to listen to sizzling music and dance the night away.

The group recently released a full-length CD, Yumbambé Salsa Jazz. Find the CD, booking info, and show dates at www.yumbambe.com. If you love to dance, Tuesday nights are your new night out!