Up in Boca Raton, salsa is just the chunky red stuff on your coffee table during football games, so if you said to a Ratonian: "Gilberto Santa Rosa is the gentleman of salsa," she'd probably assume you meant Rosa is the Juan Valdez of party snacks.
But down here in Miami, we know the truth. The Puerto Rican salsero is one of a few true innovators of the genre, bridging the gap between the tropical and romantic styles with his legendary improvisational skills. Santa Rosa brings his inimitable voice and impossibly thick mustache to the American Airlines Arena for the first time this Saturday, and the line to get in should be full of tías clutching promotional photos. Tickets start at $67.75. The show begins 8 p.m., and you can bet the dancing won't stop until the lights come on.
Sat., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., 2009