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Best Live Latin Music In Pittsburgh

May 3, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Tim Guthtie

Photo Credit: Tim Guthtie

Pittsburgh has a vibrant and diverse music scene that seems to grow each and every weekend. As the days get longer and warmer, why not spice up your summer by stepping out and enjoying some live Latin music? Here are some recommendations for the best Latin hotspots around town.
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Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-8277
www.shadowlounge.net

Hours: Mon to Sat – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (or when show is over)
Check calendar for more information

Shadow Lounge has been helping keep Pittsburghers entertained for over 11 years. This venue boasts a full bar and not only offers live musical acts, but also movie screenings and parties, as well. The Shadow Lounge has a full events schedule, featuring musical acts of all types and genres. For Latin music lovers, Corazón with Guaracha Latin Dance Band is scheduled to perform every Wednesday. If you’re looking to enjoy some Latin dance music, AVA Lounge, the sister club to Shadow Lounge located just next door, has DJ Jose Moran spinning deep and Latin vibed house music every Sunday at 8 p.m. Stay up to date on the local Latin bands that come through by checking the events calendar.

Related: Music Lessons In Pittsburgh

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Altar Bar
1620 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 263.2849
www.thealtarbar.com

Hours vary depending on concert schedule
Check <a href="http://thealtarbar.com/calendar.php&quot; events calendar for more information

Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Altar Bar is a live music venue like no other. As the name subtly suggest, the bar is housed in a century-old church, renovated with the mission to “resurrect” Pittsburgh’s live music scene. Altar Bar has a capacity of up to 650 and consists of three levels, a VIP section and architecture and decor unmatched by any other music venue in the area. This state-of-the-art facility boasts a full-sized stage, runway, custom laser system from LightWave, intelligent lighting system and three 10-foot projection screens. Not to mention the sound system here continues to impress performers and patrons of Altar Bar. Attending a show at Altar Bar is truly an experience like no other. Altar Bar schedules live musical acts across all genres and demographics, including great options for Latin music lovers. Check the calendar, which is updated frequently, to see who is scheduled to perform.

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Cefalo’s Restaurant & Nightclub
428 Washington Ave.
Carnegie, PA 15106
(412) 276-6600
www.clubcefalo.com

Restaurant Hours: Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Check events calendar for more information

Keeping with the holy theme, this restaurant, lounge, nightclub combo was also once a church. After renovating and converting the 100-year-old church into Cefalo’s, owners Leonard and Kathleen Cefalo turned their restaurant vision into reality. Cefalo’s is now a retro 1940s-style nightclub, offering Pittsburgh a variety of bands and entertainers of all types and genres. The venue has that perfect lounge atmosphere, bringing to mind the old supper clubs from days gone by. With a large dance floor and lounge-style seating on the first floor, it’s a great place to enjoy live Latin music and a relaxing evening out with friends or a special someone. Cefalo’s also offers its patrons a full service fine dining restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights, an exclusive VIP Loft, and can also be booked for private events, weddings and parties.

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The Backstage Bar at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.org

Open before and after shows in the Cultural District
Check events calendar for more information

The Backstage Bar at Theater Square has become increasingly popular over the years, especially with the theater crowd.  Open before and after the shows in the Cultural District Downtown, The Backstage Bar is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and a drink before or after taking in a show.  However, The Backstage Bar has become a venue in its own right and offers live entertainment as well. Scheduled in May is the Latin Jazz fusion quintet Salsamba, and the Brazillian singer Kenia. Through May 25, The Backstage Bar will be offering “Salsa Fridays,” with free dance lessons from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Latin music enthusiasts will find a DJ spinning the best Latin music until 1:30 a.m. There is never a cover charge at The Backstage Bar, and with summer arriving, dancers can cool off the patio to soak in some fresh air between sets.

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Yvone M. Kon has worked in sales, marketing/graphic design and the event planning fields in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over 11 years. She is currently the Pittsburgh Event Planning Examiner and the Pittsburgh Animal Advocacy Examiner. While shes always enjoyed being creative and planning unique and exciting events for a variety of people and businesses in the Pittsburgh area, her true passion lies in promoting animal rescue, adoption and advocacy issues. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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