Latin Times Magazine Volume 13 No 2 - Page 10

ACTION AVENUE CENTRAL FLORIDA LOOKING FOR A GREAT BAND FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT? LATIN TIMES GOES ONE ON ONE WITH CONJUNTO SALSA SWING WHO PERFORMED LIVE AT THIS YEARS’ ANNUAL CUBAN SANDWICH FESTIVAL! Tell us about the band members. Conjunto Salsa Swing: William Rosario our trumpet player and musical director has performed with many of the well known merengue groups that come through central Florida and has been a musician for over twenty years. Other band members are made up of very talented musicians from Tampa to Lakeland. These gentlemen have played on many levels. Jose Lopez, lead vocals; Hector ”Flaco” Figueroa, Bass; Eliezer Adujar, piano; Charlie Ortiz, trombone; Desi Saludes, Saxaphone; Carlos Lopez, timbales and of course myself Ivan Luna, congas and leader of the band. All of us have many years involved in the music industry. Some of us have worked together on different projects and find it very satisfying to come together for this project. We look forward to accomplishing our goals very soon. Building an EMPIRE! Latin Times: What brought the two of you together? EMPIRE (AL): Ali and I have known each other since 1998. We were the original young Latino barbers in west Tampa. Latin Times: Explain what you mean by original Latino barbers in the west Tampa area EMPIRE (AL): Before Ali and I started working off Columbus Drive there really weren’t any young Latino barbers cutting hair doing the things we were doing, there weren’t many young barber in this area. Latin Times: So you guys decided to put your talents together? EMPIRE (AL): Exactly! Is your band available for private events? Conjunto Salsa Swing is available for any and all occasions and venues, form community festivals to corporate events. Our aim and desire is to get the public dancing and having a great time. Nothing brings us more satisfaction. For info contact Ivan Luna: 863-409-5597. We figured why not combine our talents and stop being limited by others which is where the idea for the logo came. I wanted something that would stand out and look like no other barber shop brand. I think we created that. Empire is a barber shop where mothers can bring heir children and feel comfortable. I feel as if Empire combines traditional barbering with a modern twist. We cater to everyone from children to seniors. shops, but I think our names and the way we take care of our customers will speak for itself. We are small now but there is no limit to how big we can grow. We both love what we do and we look forward to serving the west Tampa community for many years to come. The long standing reputation and experience with the community speaks for itself and will truly help grow our new business into an empire! Latin Times: So you two have served this community for more than 16 yea