Salsa band Quemando performs benefit concert for Child & Migrant Services |

Salsa band Quemando performs benefit concert for Child & Migrant Services

Sharon Sullivan
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WHAT: “Celebrate the Hands that Harvest — las Manos que Cosechan” with Latin jazz band Quemando, a benefit concert for Child and Migrant Services in Palisade

WHEN: Sat., July 13; gates open 6:30 p.m., salsa dance lesson 7, concert starts 7:30

WHERE: Grande River Vineyards, 787 Elberta Ave., Palisade

COST: $18 advance; $20 at the door (kids 12 and under free); tickets available at Grande River Vineyards, Fisher’s Liquor Barn (2438 F Road), Palisade Chamber of Commerce (319 Main St.)

INFO: or 970-464-5226

Although accustomed to drawing huge Front Range crowds, Quemando’s annual benefit concert at Grande River Vineyards in Palisade is one of the salsa band’s favorite gigs.

The high-energy, 11-person, Boulder-based band performs at the outdoor venue each year to raise money for Child and Migrant Services, a nonprofit that serves Grand Valley’s farm workers.

Founded by trumpet player and Grand Junction native Eric Schneider eight years ago, the group is hugely popular in the Boulder area.

On Saturday, concert-goers can expect to hear some new tunes off of the group’s upcoming album, “Paradise.”

“Our big news is in about three weeks our first original album will be out,” Schneider said. “It is an amazing fusion or salsa, Latin, jazz, and a little pop, a little funk.

“It’s our own unique sound with a Latin backbone.

Until now, Quemando has produced albums of songs from legendary salsa artists. The group has built a repertoire of previously unpublished music by finding songs that were never written down — music performed only by the original artist. Quemando members listened, transcribed and learned to play the lesser-known “gems.”

Salsa music started to become popular in Boulder about 10 years ago, and now, “it’s the hottest thing going,” Schneider said. He said he’s grateful to La Puerta Dance Studio in Grand Junction for helping to promote the genre.

Before the concert on Saturday, La Puerta Dance Studio will offer a free salsa dance lesson.

“It’s going to be a great show,” Schneider said. “Get ready for high energy, yet a musical show; And get ready to dance!”

As always, authentic homemade Mexican food will be for sale during this concert, as well as wine from Grande River and free water.

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