The ¡Diablos Que Bailan! (Nashville Salsa Meetup) site has been abuzz for a while now—a year to be exact—with fans singing the praises of the Salsa Bash hosted by DJs Pablo Bodini and Jonathan Blanco. No doubt Mad Donna’s has become more than a party place where dancers gather every other Friday night. Some say they’ve found friends there, others romantic interests. But for those of us who’ve been attending since that first event, we still get excited walking up the steps to the blasting tempo of the congas and clave, the trombones and trumpets. Maybe because Bodini and Blanco know how to give more than a good party. They provide a home where regulars feel like family.
Friday, July 24th marks the first anniversary of Funtopia’s Mad Donna’s Salsa Bashes and you’re invited to celebrate. As always, they’re doing it up in style: two simultaneous dance floors; a complimentary Mexican food bar; mojitos, sangria, and caipirinha specials; and giveaways all night long. Add to that the free salsa lesson starting at 10:00 pm and the same cover price of $7.
When asked to reflect on the past year, the Party Masters said:
“We feel very excited in celebrating Funtopia’s first year of existence. What started with a mere 60 people on our first event now averages 120 customers. We have remained loyal to our main mission: To provide a safe, friendly and fun environment where everybody is welcome. As a result, our crowd has included customers barely over 21 up to sixty something. Similarly, salsaholics from countries as far as Uzbekistan or Japan have joined our dance floor.
Regarding our music, we are continuously incorporating the latest tunes to keep the music mix fresh, while playing the classic tunes that everyone recognize, and many times sing along (in spite of some of their lyrical skills). Sometimes, we may even vary our mix depending on the proportion of new dancers or cultures.