Marvelous and unusual, La Candela brings together an affable group of musical Americanos from across the two continents. Their signature west coast Cuban sound, inspired by the rich traditions of that great island, is no less informed by the Cascadian backdrop of Vancouver and the surrounding islands from where they currently hail. From Haida Gwaii to California, La Candela has been winning fans since its inception in 2001 by bassist Mark Beaty and pianist Cary Garcia. Always a hit with the dance fiends, the band’s rhythmical sophistication and infectious playing have brought even the most adamant lawn chair devotees to their feet. With soaring trumpet, rich piano and poppin’ bass, congas, timbales and vocals all-around, this micro salsa orchestra plays hard and hits like a locomotora.