Location: Live! Center Stage
Lessons: 8:00PM - 9:00PM with niss
SHOWTIME: 9:00PM - 12:00AM
DJ: 12:00AM - 2:00AM
Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia del Guaguanco is a ten-piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32-year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Romana, on its 30th anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name to Edwin Ortizy La Mafia del Guaguanco. Known for its hard-hitting classic salsa sound, La Mafia del Guaguanco is often compared to the very best orchestras in New York City and Puerto Rico. Staying true to the root of salsa the band has done shows in every major venue in the DC Metro area and has been instrumental in representing Latin music at many major festivals in the area as well as up and down the east coast.
As Orquesta La Romana, the band performed at the very first Taste of DC Festival. The band was also the first local salsa band to perform at the Kennedy Center and the Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland. The band has often been chosen to perform as the backup band to major salsa artists when in DC. Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia del Guaguanco is also one of the most solicited local dancing bands that has spent three decades performing for the salsa dancing community including the first ever international salsa dancing conventions in Washington, DC. Edwin Ortiz is a local “brand name” for salsa dancers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Edwin Ortiz was the very first band leader promoted at the start of internet revolution in Washington, DC.
Also, opening shows and sharing the stage with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and his Orchestra, The Tito Puente Orchestra, the original Grupo Niche and several times with El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
In the early 2000’s, the band was chosen as the backup orchestra for Tito Puente, Jr. for shows and performances from DC to New York, keeping alive the music of the King of Latin Music himself, Tito Puente, Sr. Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia Del Guaguancois the dancers choice. CON LA MAFIA SE GOZA MÁS!!!