Rock the Casa

Casa de Salsa, “where the fiesta never ends,” brings back its popular late night live music on Fridays.

 After a brief hiatus due to a busy banquet season, Casa De Salsa owners Judy and Roberto Flores decided to revive the late night live music, adding to their already full line-up of weekly activities including: Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Karaoke Wednesdays, Michael Ryan and Friends on Thursdays, Mariachi and champagne on Sundays and musician Vincente Victoria, who plays every Friday through Sunday. With so many things going on, they really can really claim to be the place where the fiesta never ends.

For the first Friday back, local band Remember Then hit the stage. Lead singer Marc Winter told us that he was happy to kick-off the revival and hopes that it will make Casa “the musical capital of Claremont.” Even though the band plays more than 50 gigs a year, Mr. Winters says Casa de Salsa is the best place to play in town because “people think of it as home.”

It’s true, Casa’s laid back home-style feel is a great place to kick back and indulge in some seriously sinful delights. While there, we shared two—okay, three—pitchers of refreshing margaritas hand-mixed by Casa de Salsa’s most popular bartender, Ramon Aguirre. We also ate more than our fair share of chips and salsa, this we blame entirely on Casa’s undeniably tasty salsa trio.

 The bar area, which houses the stage and a few tables, gives an intimate feeling, allowing music listeners to immerse themselves in the music. Mr. White told us that his favorite song is “Call Me in the Breeze” a favorite of his fathers as well. When the song came up in their set list, Mr. White’s wife called his father, putting the phone up so he could hear his son play. It was a beautiful moment that could only happen in such a comfortable and personal setting.

While the space lends itself to touching moments, it also lends itself to crazy moments. Although we didn’t see it first hand, we have heard that on a good night, Ms. Flores has been known to get on the bar and boogie down and that it’s not unusual for guest to join her.

Even though we missed out on the bar dancing, there are more late night bands to come and more opportunities to let loose. Tonight, Friday, February 28, you can help celebrate Mr. Flores’ birthday with La Flores y Los Jardines, a popular cumbia band, and free hors d’oervres from 9 p.m. to midnight and, on March 21, you can see Disgraceland’s punk rock show featuring special guest Tequilla Slam Dance.

If you are in the mood for some excellent Mexican food or just want to shake your groove thing head on down to Casa de Salsa, located at 415 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, Suite 321 on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Indian Hill.

Shake your groove thang, shake your groove thang, yea, yea,