Music at Sunset: Salsa Lessons & Dance Party with Rodney Lopez ft. Funky Guajiro

CANCELED

Due to rain and impending thunderstorms, tonight's Music at Sunset concert has been CANCELED. We apologize for the inconvenience! 

Four Freedoms Park is throwing an epic dance party as part of our Music at Sunset series! Learn how to dance Salsa from Mad Hot Ballroom’s Rodney Lopez then dance to NYC’s most original Cuban dance band, Funky Guajiro, as they play some of the funkiest Salsa on the planet.

Bring comfortable shoes and get ready to test out our brand new dance floor. Dance instructor, Rodney Lopez, will give salsa lessons for all levels from 6:15pm - 7:15pm. Then, visitors can practice their new moves from 7:15pm - 9pm. 

Free; no registration required. 

Food, beer, and wine will be available for sale at the Katchkie Farm Food Station. Members will receive 2 complimentary drinks. Become a member today! 

About Rodney Lopez

Rodney Eric López is the Global Program Director of Dancing Classrooms, headquartered in New York City. His teaching work with Dancing Classrooms is featured in the Paramount Classics hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. Rodney is also an accomplished Latin dance instructor and for 16 years, was the Director of the Salsa Program at Dance Manhattan, one of New York’s leading dance schools. Colleagues and students alike praise him for his entertaining and thoughtful teaching style. He was featured in the PBS documentary Nuyoricans: Puerto Ricans in New York. His dance classes were named “Best in New York” by New York Magazine and were highlighted in the book Nueva York: A Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs. He was also a finalist in the "Better Man, Better World" Search by GQ Magazine in 2011. Prior to his career in dance, Rodney was a public relations and marketing professional in both the non-profit and corporate fields. He holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from New York University where he was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.

About “funky guajiro” (AKA nu d’lux)

The first time you walk into a Funky Guajiro party, you feel like you've discovered a beautiful secret, an underground river that carries you smoothly and joyously into the night.  Theirs is a music both sweet and fierce with a sincerity and humility unheard of on the current salsa scene.

Their love affair with Cuban Music began in Brooklyn years before Buena Vista Social Club and has evolved far beyond simply aping the standards; their sound is unmistakable and unique. Incorporating Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican vocal stylings, the Cuban Tres Guitar, Trombone, Trumpet and a modern-groove Latin rhythm section of New York's finest, the group is able to travel from the sweetest Son to amped-up and funky modern Cuban numbers with astounding ease and dedication.  Rumba, Danzon, even Gospel-infused melodies pour out over the dancing crowd; it must be seen to be believed. 

These musicians are honored to have shared the international stage with renowned bands such as Los Van Van, Buena Vista Social Club, y El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.

A refreshing break from the loud, deliberately complex modern trends in Latin dance music, Nu D'Lux offers a full serving of passion, percussion and pleasure every time they hit the stage.