BOMBA & PLENA NIGHTS: AUTHENTIC MUSIC AND DANCING IN PUERTO RICO

DISCOVER AND DANCE TO THE PUERTO RICAN RHYTHMS

MUSIC AND DANCING IN PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico is synonymous with tropical rhythms.  Salsa, plena, bomba, and rumba.
Their energy and sensuality have no comparison.  Of these four predominating rhythms, the bomba and plena are indigenous to Puerto Rican culture.  They developed centuries ago, in areas with significan African population.  Some of the regions where the heavy sound of the bomba was first heard were Loíza, Santurce, Guayama, and Mayagüez, as a method of communication between slaves from different regions in Africa.  On the other hand, the plena had its origins in the southern city of Ponce.  Today, both are undoubtedly a cultural and national treasure.

These rhythms are still very much present and booming, and in many places around the island, you will find musicians and their intense beating of the drums, creating a rhythmical cadence that will surely make your feet move.  Tambourines, cajones, congas, and barriles (drums) beating at full force create a hot and vibrant atmosphere.

Tips for beginners:

  • If you’re a girl, don’t forget to wear a skirt and shake it to the beat
  • If you’re a guy, be sure to wear a light shirt… we guarantee you’re going to sweat!

 

WHERE TO EXPERIENCE BOMBA & PLENA LIVE

Here are some spots in the Metropolitan Area, as well as some recurring activities where you can savor and experience the Puerto Rican dance scene.  Enjoy!

 

Lunes de Plena (Monday Night Plena) at the Terraza de Bonanza

Located on Eduardo Conde Street in Santurce, every Monday night this bar offers live plena music, performed through jam sessions with one of the most prestigious percussionists, Tito Matos.  From 9:00 in the evening, enjoy plena music like the locals do, and dance as they do in the barrio.

 

La Junta

This hamburger joint located on Calle Loíza, offers an array of jazz, plena and music fit for dancing every Wednesday through Sunday.  On Sundays, enjoy a tropical afternoon set to the rhythm of drums with Tarde Plenera (Plena Afternoon).

 

Mareabaja

This casual restaurant provides a menu of healthy food, and on select Fridays, you can enjoy live rumba.  Experience a drum show that will make you dance non-stop.  Mareabaja is located on the Villamar marginal street in Isla Verde.

 

El Boricua, Rio Piedras

Located at Ciudad Universitaria (University City) in Rio Piedras, El Boricua is the place for college students where you can also enjoy performances of the indigenous sounds of the island.  All month long, there are performances of bomba, plena, rumba, salsa nights, and more.  Look for their monthly calendar on Facebook, and do not miss it.

 

EVENT:  Santurce de Bomba y Plena

If you’re on the island, check them out on Facebook and be on the lookout for this event that happens on select Sundays with Bomba & Plena at Bolivar Plaza, at Parada 24 (Stop 24) in Santurce.

 

Final Thoughts:

Be sure to always search for unique and exhilirating experiences when hanging out in Puerto Rico.  There is simply so much to do, and depending on your mood or interests, you will always find an awesome experience to take home with you- wherever that may be!

Here are some suggestions:

 

 

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