Crafts, Games and Music in Downtown Medellín

The park fills up, quickly. This is the first Saturday of every month at Parque Bolívar, where the Mercado de San Alejo draws paisas and tourists looking for bags to bracelets to dresses, even tables, chairs and other furniture. Music is playing and people are playing games. Almost everyone is smiling. I went on the […]

Live: Oscar de Leon & Gilberto Santa Rosa

Here’s a taste of an old school salsa favorite, Oscar de Leon, live in concert. If you like what you see, you can check him out live in Medellin tonight (Feb 17, 2012) at Palmahia Discoteca.

Recap: 3rd Annual Colombia Salsa Festival

In 2009, on my last weekend in Medellin, I spent two nights dancing at the 1st Colombian Salsa Festival. As luck would have it, I ran into Yamile, one of my dance teachers, at the door. I had a way better time as a result of her company than had she not attended. Therefore, it […]

2011 Colombia Salsa Festival

Cali may be Colombia’s salsa capital, but Medellin is home to the country’s annual salsa festival (or Congress, as they’re called in Western countries). This weekend, from July 8 – 10,  Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) hosts the 3rd Colombia Salsa Festival. The Festival is a mix of dance classes, competitions, concerts and social dancing. Singers […]

Wisin y Yandel Tour Hits Medellin May 20, 2011

This Friday, the 2011 Wisin y Yandel tour hits Medellin, Colombia. The reggaeton superstars are expected to be well received in paisa-country, as their music always gets a good reaction in the discotecas. A few of their big hits include Sexy Movimiento, Mayor Que Yo, Rakata, Me Estas Tentando. The Wisin y Yandel tour features […]

Don Omar – Danza Kuduro (Live in Medellin 2011)

I was bummed to find out a day late that Don Omar played a concert in Medellin this past March.

Vibra Mi Tierra Beer and Music Festival

The popular artisanal brewery Tres Cordilleras is taking its fresh approach to beer culture one step further with the first annual Vibra Mi Tierra (Vibrate My Land) festival in Medellin’s Botanical Gardens this weekend. Saturday and Sunday the Orquideorama – one of Medellin’s most impressive architectural structures – will vibrate with paisas enjoying local bands, […]

Silvestre Dangond In Concert – La Tartamuda

Silvestre Dangond is a Colombian vallanato singer, and I’m a huge fan of his catchy songs. He’s playing a concert tonight (November 5, 2010) in Medellin at Palmahia.

An Afternoon of Hardcore at Libido Bar

When I think of Carrera 70, I think of a street filled with salsa joints, however Libido Bar offers up anything but your typical Colombian crossover music. On a Saturday afternoon back in August, Troy and I joined Robert Rose of Punk Outlaw for a trip down to Libido Bar. After exiting the taxi, we […]

Flower Parade: Highlight of La Feria de las Flores

To close La Feria de las Flores, Silleteros carry large flower displays through the streets of Medellin in the Flower Parade (Desfile de los Silleteros).