For the last 11 years these Puerto Rican and Minnesotan musicians have come together to form the best Salsa and Merengue fusion band our local music scene has ever seen. From opening shows for Big Headliners to MN State Fair performances, this band has been all over town.
Univision Minnesota, Channel 13, honored them with a Local Latin Grammy for
"BEST SALSA BAND of 2010".The Tropical Zone Orchestra
Price Range: call for specific event quote
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
2 or 3 sets of live Latin Music!!!
Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia
Tropical Zone Orchestra Bio.:
Pedro Fonseca is the director of the Tropical Zone Orchestra, in which he also plays trumpet, alongside his right-hand man, Julio Arroyo, lead percussionist for the band. Both are natives of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and their musical influences come from the Latin rhythms of the Caribbean Islands.
Their interpretive style and inventive musical flair have made Tropical Zone Orchestra a fast favorite among jazz and salsa fans alike in the Twin Cities, performing hundreds of events in just several years, with hundreds more to come. At each event the group plays lilting Salsas, robust Merengues, and even Cumbias and Boleros. This diversity is why Minnesota Univision Channel 13 acknowledged them with a Local Latin Grammy for "Best Salsa Orchestra” in 2010.
Tropical Zone breathes life into all the rich musical heritage the isle of enchantment has to offer through a cultural fusion between Puerto Rican and American traditions. The talented musicians shine brightest when interpreting classic themes like Todo Tiene Su Final, in which the piano, winds, and percussion are a particular highlight. They also bring the classic “Lloraras” to full fruition through the talents of Ruben and Julio Arroyo, on the timbales, congas. Robert Byers (Flute), Sten Johonson (trumpet & trombone), and Kieth Hilson (trombone), play solos that drive vocalists Jose Cartagena, and Yomarie Arroyo into passionate harmonized dance.
The band has produced original songs: Como Pudo Ser and La Vecina.
The Tropical Zone orchestra’s likeness where chosen to promote Western Bank’s business help program on the sept. 2013 Twin Cities Business magazine. ((link hidden) page 15)
Some of TZO’s past performances:
MHBA Gala at Mpls. Hilton – 2007, 2010, 2016, 2017
5 de Mayo Festival in Saint Paul - 2010, 2009, 2008, 2016, 2017
MN State Fair - International Bazaar Stage – 2012, 2013
Minneapolis Monarch Festival - 2011, 2010, 2017
MN History Center - 9 Nights of Music 2012
Coon Rapids Summer Concerts - 2009
Franconia 3D Summer Concerts – 2012, 2016
MN State Fair - History Center Day - 2013
MN Twins Diversity Day - Target Field – 2014, 2015, 2017
Eagan Market Fest - Eagan – 2014
Hue-Man Festival –Mpls. 2015, 2016, 2017
CLUES –Fiesta Latina - 2016
Upcoming Booked Events
|April 28, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Fundraiser|
|May 18, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
Past Booked Events
|February 10, 2018–February 11, 2018 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la Salsa Saturday Nights|
|January 27, 2018–January 28, 2018 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la Salsa Saturday Nights|
|January 06, 2018–January 07, 2018 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la Salsa Saturday Nights|
|December 31, 2017–January 01, 2018 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la salsa NYE|
|December 16, 2017–December 17, 2017 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la Salsa Saturday Nights|
|November 18, 2017–November 19, 2017 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||Viva la Salsa Saturday Nights|
stage size = 20' X 16' aprox.
St Paul, MN
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