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Gritty, witty and streetwise, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino, "El Abogado de la Salsa," sings timba--a progressive, raucous style of salsa. This former lead singer of the Cuban mega-group NG La Banda is a party onstage with his band: they loves to improvise, to pull the audience into call & response, and to provoke fans into hip-shaking abandon.

Since moving to New York City, Gerardo started his own band, "Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros," with Axel Tosca Laugart, Luisito Quintero, and John Benitez. They released their debut album, Somos Latinos, in 2013 to very high critical acclaim. He has toured all over the world and in his new hometown, NYC, he has performed in Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, the Bronx Museum, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others.

With his own project, as well as with NG La Banda, and his other bands, Son Yoruba, and Charanga Forever, Gerardo has toured in Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. He has played in international festivals of salsa and jazz such as: Toulouse Festival, France; Latin American Festival of Milan, Italy; Festival Fiesta, Rome, Italy; Festival of Munich, Switzerland, Copenhagen Festival, Denmark; Salsa Festival of Verona, Italy; and, Afro-American Roots of Maracay, Venezuela.

Gerardo has also shared the stage with such artists as Oscar de Leon, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo, La India, Los Van Van, Xiomara Laugart, Carlos Varela, Alexander Abreu, Frank Fernandez, Osdalgia, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kelvis Ochoa, David Torrens, and Armando Gola.

Gerardo is a recipient of the 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant for Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Gerardo is endorsed by Gorilla Ears and is an active member of Musicians on Call.

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Den Entertainment presents
GERARDO CONTINO
Cuba: The History of Music!
An Interactive Show featuring 12 Dancers
June 11, 2014
Showtime @ 8pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 day of show
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General Admission - Standing Room
* Limited Seating Available First Come, First Served
* Full Dinner Menu Available
* $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
* All Ages

This show will take place in Lucille's Bar & Grill,
located inside B.B. King Blues Club
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