The Conga Room is closing its doors.
The Los Angeles institution will bow out of the city’s nightlife after 25 years with one last hurray on March 27. Billed as a “farewell celebration,” the final evening will be led by investors Jimmy Smits and Paul Rodriguez and will feature performances and appearances. by Gilberto Santa Rosa (aka “el caballero de la salsa”) among other notable names (yet to be announced) from the world of music, politics and culture.
Opened in 1999 on Wilshire Boulevard by entrepreneur Brad Gluckstein, the Conga Room counted Smits, Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez and Sheila E. as investors. The Conga Room has become a premier destination for nightlife, special events and concerts that have boosted culture, music and entertainment. Over the years it has hosted Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Celia Cruz, Buena Vista Social Club, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Fernández, Jamie Foxx, Fito Páez, Justin Timberlake, Jenny Rivera, Bad Bunny. , Maluma, J. Balvin, Prince, Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Avicii and hordes of others.
The venue moved to downtown LA Live in late 2008 and added Amaury Nolasco, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza and Will.i.am as investors. With a new location, the mission continued to focus on showcasing its tropical roots and cultural richness as the scene expanded to include genres like reggaeton and R&B. At one point, Academy Award winner Foxx hosted a weekly industry party with his band. The venue has also hosted Hollywood premieres, awards shows, panels, and special community cultural and civic events.