To the casual observer, Burbank may not look like a hotbed of salsa and swing dancing. But anyone looking a little more closely this summer would have discovered crowds filling the sidewalks of downtown Burbank every Thursday night, stepping out to the smooth stylings of renowned salsa, rock and swing ensembles.
Concluding next week with a performance by Louis Cruz Beltran and his orchestra, Burbank's Business Improvement District has been organizing the popular “Come Out and Dance Series” for nearly a decade. Events are held along the AMC Theatre walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue, and are free and open to the public. The series draws an eclectic crowd, including local families, young and seasoned music lovers and dance aficionados, as well as those who fortuitously stumble upon a free show while shopping in the popular downtown district.
Lively bands including rock 'n' roll revivalists Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, L.A. Cuban salsa purveyors Orquesta Charangoa and renowned salsa orchestra La Sirena y Orquesta Mar De Ashe have performed at the weekly, all-ages concerts this summer, which bring out an average of 2,000 people every Thursday night.