Put on your dancing shoes, New York.

While Miami gets quite a treat with Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show co-headliners Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, the New York metropolitan area plays host to some of the world’s other biggest names in Latin music over the first quarter of 2020.

From superstar Marc Anthony to legendary salsa orchestra El Gran Combo, check out our line-up of can’t-miss salsa music concerts that are sure to heat things up in and around New York City from now through March.


Marc Anthony (Opus 2020 Tour)

Multiple Dates
Multiple Venues

Marc Anthony, a six-time Latin Grammy Award winner, straddles the Hudson River with three concerts over the next month – and two of those shows sound like a great idea for a Valentine’s Day weekend date. Touring off of his 2019 album, “Opus,” the “I Need to Know” singer has performances scheduled in Atlantic City on Jan. 25 (Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), New York City (Madison Square Garden) on Feb. 13 and Newark (Prudential Center) on Feb. 15.

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Gilberto Santa Rosa (Caminalo Tour)

March 20
Beacon Theatre

Gilberto Santa Rosa, who won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Tropical Latin Album (“Directo al Corazón”), is the singer who helped popularize salsa romantica (romantic salsa) in the late-1980s, compelling a popular radio personality in Puerto Rico at the time to christen him “El Caballero de la Salsa.” If his March 20 concert at the Beacon Theatre is too long a wait for you, the “Me Liberé” singer does have a show on Feb. 13 at The Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn.

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Luis Enrique & El Conjunto Clásico

February 15
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, N.J.

Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique takes the stage on February 15 backed by Conjunto Clásico, a New York-based salsa band founded by executive producer/percussionist Raymond Castro and composer/percussionist Ramon Rodriguez in 1978. Enrique, like Gilberto Santa Rosa, aided in popularizing salsa romantica in the ‘80s, releasing the hit album “Amor y Alegría” (love and happiness) in 1988. In 2009, he picked up a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album (“Ciclos”).

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El Gran Combo, Jerry Rivera y Tito Nieves

February 15
Radio City Music Hall

Founded by Rafael Ithier in 1962, El Gran Combo (“Brujería”) is widely considered to be salsa’s greatest orchestra of all time. “Cara de Niño” singer Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves are joining the revered ensemble for the February 15 performance at Radio City Music Hall. Nieves was El Conjunto Clásico’s first lead singer before going solo in 1986. As lead singer of The Blackout All-Stars in the mid-‘90s, he covered musician/bandleader Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 hit, “I Like it Like That” (written by Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez). Cardi B’s “I Like it” – featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin – samples and was inspired by the ‘90s version, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in mid-2018.

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Oscar D’León with Raulín Rosendo and Luisito Carrión

March 28
New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Oscar D’León (“El Rey de los Soneros”) brings Raulín Rosendo (“Uno Se Cura”) and Luisito Carrión (“Por Alguien Que Se Fue”) along for a March 28 bash at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center that puts a bow on this list. Should you ever find yourself at a nightclub that plays salsa music for long stretches, bet on D’León’s “Llorarás” (you will cry) being on the playlist.

But don’t let that song title mislead you, because “Llorarás” is a piece – as many in New York and beyond know – that you better have your dancing shoes on for.

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featured photo: Debby Wong/Shutterstock


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