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Salsa superstars Los Van Van are called “the Rolling Stones of Cuba” due to their longevity and status as Cuba’s most popular band. Their sound and style, however, is distinctively their own.

This is a rare San Jose appearance of these Havana-based musical pioneers. Music in the Park is pleased to present one of contemporary Cuban music’s most important and influential bands for an outdoor dance party that will be one of the summer of 2024’s musical highlights.

About Los Van Van

Their name, “let’s go go,” harks back to the go-go music era. Founded in 1970 by the late Juan Formell, they quickly became the island's favorite dance band, a title they held for years. The a genre-creating sound has evolved over the decades and incorporated the contributions of new generations of musicians that joined the hard working international touring group. Today, drummer and musical director Samuel Formell, Juan’s son, leads the band referred to as the “train” of Cuban music.

At the forefront of Afro-Cuban fusion of rock & roll and son, Los Van Van introduced electronic instruments into Cuban music in its early days and is credited with forging and popularizing subgenres “timba” and “songo,” foundations of the modern Cuban sound. The "songo" style can now be heard throughout the Latin jazz, pop,and fusion world.

In the 1990s, building on folkloric and traditional music mixed with the music of the day, Los Van Van, along with Irakere and NG La Banda, championed a new Cuban sound. In the 2000s, Los Van Van pushed the fusion even further, mixing pop, funk, rock, hip hop and soul with native traditions that hark back to Africa and took life in the sugar fields of the Caribbean. The band won a Grammy Award in 2000 for its album “Llegó Van Van.”

Los Van Van has captivated audiences throughout Europe, South America and the Caribbean. The continuing US embargo brings them stateside less frequently, but when their irrepressible rhythms make their way here, it’s a reason to celebrate—and dance.

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General Terms

All sales are final.

Refund Policy

All items are non-refundable.

Age Restriction

All ages welcomed, children under 12 are free with paid adult.

Miscellaneous Policies

Bags: No oversize bags, totes or backpacks. Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” and/or small clutch bags (4.5”x 6.5”) are allowed. All bags are subject to search.

No outside food, beverages or water bottles will be allowed into the venue. There will be water available for sale inside the venue.

Yes - there will be various food trucks selling food and drinks.

Lawn chairs are not permitted in the venue. Blankets, however, are allowed.

ADA Accessibility: We will be wheelchair-accessible and have some areas marked ADA with limited seating.

No pets allowed, other than service animals with proper documentation.

Please Note:
This is a cashless event. No outside food, beverages, water bottles or lawn chairs will be allowed into the venue. Blankets are allowed.

Filming: 
This is a public event that permits photography. By entering this Music in the Park event, you understand that any attendee may be filmed or photographed. You irrevocably hereby grant, on behalf of yourself and your children or ward(s), the irrevocable right and permission for Music in the Park LLC and its promotional partners, contractors, affiliates, successors and assigns to photograph and/or record you or your children or ward(s) in connection with Music in the Park and to use such photographs or recordings for promotional, social media or any other purposes in perpetuity. You waive any right to inspect or approve the use of such photographs or recording(s) and acknowledge and agree that the rights granted to this release are without compensation of any kind. If you wish to avoid the possibility of being filmed, photographed or recorded, please do not enter.