18th Miami Salsa Congress begins to mid – July with performances of International Latin Artists

The Biggest Celebration of Latin Music & Dance in Miami presents the Grammy nominated, Edwin Bonilla Y Su Son and the renowned Cuban powerhouse, TIMBALIVE for unforgettable and high energy nights


The Biggest Celebration of Latin Music & Dance in Miami presents the Grammy nominated, Edwin Bonilla Y Su Son and the renowned Cuban powerhouse, TIMBALIVE for unforgettable and high energy nights

Date: Wednesday, July 24th – Sunday, July 28th

Ticket Price: $645

Venue: Eden Roc Miami Beach. 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33140

The Annual Miami Salsa Congress celebrates every summer, 5-day Latin music and dance festival featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award-winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and award-winning Latin Bands.

On its 18th year running, Miami Salsa Congress (MSC) is recognized as one of the largest festivals of its kind on the East Coast of the United States and among the top 5 Salsa congresses in the world.

It all starts with the MSC pre-parties hosted at some of Miami’s top nightlife venues on Wednesday and Thursday night and then they take over the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach for 3 unforgettable days and nights of oceanfront pool parties, nightly dance parties with over 4,000 square feet of pristine dance floor, themed party rooms and after parties until sunrise.

The Ultimate Summer Salsa Congress offers:

  • 30 hours of Dance Workshops
  • World Class DJs
  • 80 International Dance Showcases
  • Live concerts
  • Evening Galas
  • 5 days of non-stop pool-parties and pre-parties



Date: Friday, July 26th
Doors Open at 9:00pm

Main Ballroom

Ticket Price: $45 Advanced / $55 at Event

Edwin Bonilla was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and moved to Elizabeth (New Jersey) at four years old. From the 11 years old, Edwin began to listen more to New York musicians, such as: Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón and the rest of the Salsa emerging groups. The self-learning timbales process began at 13 years and within a year, he already played professionally with a trio of “Jibaro” in Elizabeth, which subsequently led him to work with Salsa bands.

At 15 years old, Edwin began playing with the local band “Orquesta Sónica” along with the nowadays international artists: Jimmy Bosch on trombone and Herman Oliveras on vocals, on par with his studies at the local Drummers Collective In New York.

In 1981, Bonilla joined the “Casino Charanga” very popular throughout the Northeast of the United States and Miami during the early years of the 80s, during his stay there he got a great learning in Cuban music and Afro-Cuban rhythms. During that time, Edwin caught the attention of Hansel Martinez, who invited him to join him and Raul, which led Edwin to move to Miami in 1987.

As a percussionist, Edwin is familiar with rhythmic patterns from around the world. His professional experiences include performances and recordings in: Jazz, Cuban and Puerto Rican music, among others. He has participated in more than 1000 recordings during the last 12 years and he has done works for videos, sheet music film and jingles.

In 1999, “Edwin and his Son” was his first solo release. In March 2002, Edwin released “Soy la Candela” and later the albums were followed: Pa ‘La Calle (2004), Tirando Pa’ Charanga (2006), Tribute to Los Rumberos (2010) and Back To Basics (2015).

Edwin Bonilla has an impressive resume in the music industry. He has worked for such distinguished and popular figures as: Lenny Kravitz, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, N’Sync, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Néstor Torres and Stevie Wonder, among many others.


Date: Saturday, July 27th
Doors Open at 9:00pm

Main Ballroom

Ticket Price: $55 Advanced / $65 at Event

Timbalive was created in August 2008 by Leo Garcia (Director/ Timbales) in Miami offering the best of Cuban Music with a mix of different rhythms from around the world.

​Based in Miami and integrated by highly trained musicians from Music Schools in Cuba, Timbalive is one of the largest and most successful groups of Timba in United States.

Timbalive began recording their first album in May 2009 with songs of their own inspiration and from other composers.

The album “From Miami a la Habana” was first available in November 2009. The band was awarded for Album Revelation of the Year in France and the Best Album of Timba in Peru.

During 2009 and 2010 Timbalive toured two times for: Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America and several states of U.S. Their hit songs such as: “El Dinero”, “Ave Maria que Calor” and “Como Miami no hay Na” still sounding in radios and night clubs worldwide. In 2010, the band started recording their second album, “La Timba pa’ to el mundo” was first available in June 2011.

The sound of Timbalive is an inimitable blend of Caribbean rhythms, popular Cuban music, lyrics and arrangements designed for the dancer. The second album was nominated for Cubadisco Awards, the most important award in Cuba, in the category Popular Cuban Music.

The members of this Salsa band are: Leo Garcia (Director/ Drums/ Timbal), Bayron Ramos (Trombone/ Arrangements), Coky Garcia (Congas), Yan Carlos Artime (Piano), Lalo Vazquez (Bass), Boris Monterecy, Carlos Parra, Eylen Remon, Ailyn Dallera (Singers), and William Paredes, Yosmel Garceran, Julio Montalvo (Trombones).

After many World Tours, Timbalive recorded “Con la Musica Cubana No” (2013), a perfect blend of melody and sagacity, novelty and strength.

Applauded by crowds, acclaimed and demanded by the international music scene, Timbalive presented their latest work, “Gasolina de Avión” (2016). The first single of this production, “Todo lo que Tu quieras” was released in November 2015.

» The Launch Party

The Official 2019 Miami Salsa Congress Launch Party at Cuba Ocho featuring N’TAYA lives and the MSC DJ Team.

Date: Friday Night, July 20th

Venue: CubaOcho. 91465 SW 8th St #106, Miami, FL 33135
Time: 9:00PM

Price: $12 (Pre-sale)