Theater Opulence

I just had the memorable experience of attending the very last concert of Buena Vista Social Club ever to be held in the United States. Part of what made it memorable was the beautiful combination of vocals, brass and percussion that captures the romance of salsa dance in a timeless, classic way, but also the venue itself - the historic Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The theater was the older sister to Radio City and opened in 1929. It was designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and has been lovingly cared for and restored over the years. The gilding and painted murals are worth a visit. There is something to see from every angle.