Grupo Niche is a salsa group founded in 1978 in Cali, Colombia. Currently based in Cali, Colombia, they enjoy great popularity throughout Latin America. It was founded by Jairo Varela and Alexis Lozano. Varela remained with the group throughout his life, serving as producer, director, songwriter, vocalist and guiro player. Alexis Lozano, trombone player and arranger later left to form Orquesta Guayacán. The group also included Nicolas Cristancho, on the piano; Francisco Garcia, on the bass; Luis Pacheco, on the congas; and vocalists Jorge Bazán and Hector Viveros.
Grupo Niche’s first album: “Al Pasito” was released in 1980, did little to challenge the dominating salsa band of Colombia at the time, Fruko y sus Tesos. The following year, however, the group found success with their second album, “Querer es Poder”, particularly with the single “Buenaventura y Caney”. In 1984 released “No Hay Quinto Malo” and years after “Cali Pachanguero”. The tribute hit single to the “world salsa capital” catapulted Niche as one of the top salsa bands of Colombia.
Venue: Pico Rivera Sports Arena
Location: 11003 Rooks Rd, Whittier, CA 90601, United States