Tropicoso’s show Saturday at the Mad Frog is a celebration of the band’s longstanding Monday night gig there, but Latin Monday at the Frog dates back even further. Nicholas Radina of Tropicoso had a previous band and Tropicoso’s precursor, Bailando Desnudo, that began the tradition in the mid-’90s, and the night has remained a powerful draw.
“It’s been steady every Monday, rain or shine, for that long,” Radina says. “So many people have been to it, and there are so many memories. This is a celebration of the fact that we’ve held onto it this long and the Mad Frog has always been behind us. It’s going to be a big old dance party.”
Although Tropicoso has weathered a number of lineup changes, the band has always maintained a solid core as well as a fiercely loyal fan base (some of whom date back to the Bailando days). The band — Feldner, Radina, lead vocalist Carmen Velez, Charlie Schweitzer on conguero and vocals, Chris Velez on bongocero, Bill Gwynne on trombone, vibraslap and vocals, John Zappa on trumpet and vocals and Garin Webb on saxophone and vocals — still manages to draw a large and always enthusiastic crowd on a typically slow club night.
Show begins at 10 p.m. Saturday. Read more of the interview with Radina here.