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Salsabrosa coming to MAC
Standing Salsabrosa band members are Sten Johnson and Elmar Romain. Seated members are Zusel Balbin, Mariano Flores and Yazmin Bowers. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Musical group Salsabrosa will perform on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St. As a salsa act in the Midwest, Salsabrosa's performances are a celebration of the diverse community that the United States has become.

Salsabrosa's musical inspiration is as diverse as the fans it draws, and is reflected in the band member's ability to blend rhythm and blues and jazz influences with salsa, cumbia, bachata, cha cha cha, salsa hip-hop and merengue. The band draws from bassist Elmar Romain, vocalist Zusel Balbin, trumpet player Sten Johnson, percussionist Mariano Flores and keyboard player Yazmin Bowers. In addition to Salsabrosa's musical sound, moves by dancers Jae Haile Phillips and Hanna Esparza add an extra flavor to the performance.

Choreographer Jae Haile Phillips is both a Latin and hip-hop dance instructor. He is the choreographer for the Minneapolis Professional Salsa Team and his choreography has been selected to showcase at various international Salsa events. Hanna Esparza has been touring with Salsabrosa for three years. In addition to Latin styles, she dances hip-hop, salsa hip-hop fusion and African dance, and has performed in many venues throughout the U.S.

Reserved seat tickets for Salsabrosa are $25, $20 and $10 for students 18 years of age and under. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, 1315 11th St.; by calling 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249; or by visiting

Prior to the concert, learn about Latin music at the documentary film screening of "Latin Music, USA" (episode one) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave. A half-hour post-film audience discussion led by Madison Latin musicians Nick Moran and Juan Tomas Martinez, begins at 7:30 p.m. Film screening and discussion are free and open to the public.

The event has been underwritten by Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc., and Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC, and Big Radio. Additional underwriting for this presentation has been provided by Bob and Jenny Duxstad; Monroe Clinic; Wisconsin Bank and Trust; Dave and Janeen Babler; John Baumann and Katie Doyle-Baumann; Jon and Marylin Pfarr; and Deb Thompson.