Our band in Ha­vana: Los Van Van

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When the Cuban su­per­group Los Van Van de­liv­ered one of its first Amer­i­can per­for­mances in Mi­ami in the late 1990s, pro­test­ers out­num­bered con­cert­go­ers, and rocks and bot­tles were thrown. But as re­la­tions be­tween the U.S. and Cuba have thawed over the years, Los Van Van has in­creas­ingly ex­posed Amer­i­can con­cert­go­ers to what the band’s fans in Europe, Asia, and Latin Amer­ica have ex­pe­ri­enced for decades — epic dance con­certs of Afro-Cuban salsa in­flected by funk, jazz, and rock sounds. The 47-year-old party band took a se­ri­ous hit in 2014 when Juan Formell, the group’s founder, leader, and prin­ci­pal song­writer died. The reins have since been passed on to his son Sa­muel, who will ably lead the band when it per­forms on at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, June 15, at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany (37 Fire Place, 505-424-3333). Tick­ets are $30 and are avail­able from www.hold­myt­icket; it’s $35 at the door. — Casey Sanchez

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