Artist of the day: Danny Lozada y el Latin Band
Danny Lozada has been playing a mix of meringue, bachata, salsa and other Latin styles since emigrating to the United States from Cuba about 20 years ago. In that time, he’s recorded more than 10 albums of original music and covers, and he and his group, the simply named El Latin Band, have performed at a variety of festivals in the Tampa Bay area, from the Conga Caliente to Fiesta Day to the Ybor City Cigar Heritage Festival.
This weekend, Lozada and El Latin Band will be performing at their biggest festival yet: Gasparilla. Lozada, who sings and plays conga with the band, will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park. “We go every year to have fun,” said his wife, Haifa Arango, who also sings with the group, “but this is going to be the first time to go play.”