CongaDr+ Tony's Conga Adventures: Radio Havana Rumba? on the Mission in SF

Monday, June 9, 2008

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Radio Havana Rumba? on the Mission in SF

After the show at Yerba Buena, we went over to Radio Havana, a small bar at 22nd and Valencia in the Mission.

Ive been meaning to make it over the bridge to this Rumba for years now, but I always heard that it wasn't really worth checking out.

Well three years later, i finally made it.

Its a nice place to have a good beer, but it's rather small, and gets really hot and stuffy when you pack a bunch of sweaty 'BBQ drummers' in there.

The police showed up half way through, and made the owner keep the door closed - so no ventilation.

I have to be honest about this...

I cant really say its actually a rumba. I guess, at times, it must come together. But after playing for an hour, trying to get a group of people who could play something resembling rumba, we left frustrated and bewildered.

How can two white boys from the country, come into the big city, in the heart of Latin Culture north of LA - the mission in SF - and be the best players in the local public rumba?

With the experience far from complementing us, we felt sad that the Mission scene cant get a solid thing going for the community there.

Im sure something is going on privately...

But we are reminded how lucky we are to have the La Pena Rumbas, and now the Sweetie Pie Rumbas in the east bay.