May 09, 2006

After eight years as Los Angeles' premier Latin music club and cultural melting pot, the Conga Room, co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E. and Paul Rodriguez, closed following a star-filled bash which included club fans like Eriq La Salle, Cedric the Entertainer and Larenz Tate. The evening featured heartfelt performances by legendary conguero Francisco Aguabella, L.A.'s leading Chicano band, Quetzal, and salsa master Johnny Polanco. The Conga Room's owners plan to re-open the club in 2007 at the LA Live Entertainment Complex being built across from the Staples Center downtown.

"We're leaving a legacy that began when Celia Cruz performed opening night in 1998 and culminated with final nights shows by Tito Puente Orchestra, Los Lobos, and tonight's rumba jam," said Brad Gluckstein, Conga Room's CEO and Managing Partner.

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