Hips Don't Lie: DJ Luigi of Latin Groove shakes things up

Luigi spinning some spice at Southend

DJ Luigi Bravo of Latin Groove has been in the Charleston music scene for the past five years, spinning the tropical sounds of salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, and reggaeton. A native of Cali, Colombia, Luigi has been hosting Latin Groove Salsa Night at Southend Brewery every Thursday night for the past five years, and at the Harbor Grille spot every Saturday night for four years.

Most self-identifying Latinos would agree that Charleston was lacking some major sabor a couple of years back, but with "Latin Groove" in full swing, things are starting to look up. Not only is Luigi spinning sounds of the Spanish-speaking world, he's opening up new doors for fellow Latinos in Charleston.

Salsa night isn't only for getting a twirl and shimmy in after a long work week; it's a time to enjoy the company of your muchachos, speak broken slang, kick back and drink Coronas, and hear the music that you grew up with.

By playing a large variety of Latin genres, Luigi reaches the diverse crowd of groovers that come out weekly. He says that "exposing the Lowcountry to the Hispanic culture and music" is his main goal. He aims to play the Top 40 Latin hits and more reggaeton for the younger, more English-speaking crowd while keeping the seasoned salseros happy with some old-school salsa and merengue.

Already, Luigi is planning more events that are aimed towards an even larger crowd — the college kids. His grooves and performances have has been a huge hit with Charleston crowds so far. —Reina Gascon-Lopez

DJ Luigi spins every Wednesday at Club H2O (8484 Dorchester Road), every Thursday at Southend Brewery (161 East Bay St.), and every Saturday at the Harbor Grille (360 Concord St.) Visit latingroove.sc for more.


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