Summer Music Festival at Northrop with support from the University of Minnesota's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and its Global Spotlight initiative

Salsa del Soul

With Michael Hauser & A Touch of Spain and DJ Miguel Vargas of KFAI's Radio Pocho
Past event
Jun 22, 2012
Salsa del Soul

A nighttime salsa dance party featuring an eclectic mix of artists including Salsa del Soul, Michael Hauser & A Touch of Spain, and DJ Miguel Vargas.

Free Qdoba samples while supplies last!
Free lemonade and sweet tea from Raising Cane's while supplies last! 


Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose of providing great dance music for Twin Cities salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa! Salsa del Soul performs locally at restaurants and bars, jazz and Latin festivals, private engagements, and other locations and events.


Michael Hauser is one of a handful of flamenco guitar masters residing in the United States today. Hauser has traveled to Spain where he began his lifelong love affair with the intrinsically Spanish folk art, flamenco. The son of two well-known artists, Michael Hauser has studied with a number of Spain's great flamenco guitarists including Luis Maravilla, Niño Ricardo, Justo de Badajoz, and Juan Maya "Marote." He has also studied classical guitar with Andrés Segovia's classical guitar protégé Jesus Silva. Michael Hauser has performed in Europe and the Far East. He has completed numerous college and community tours as a soloist, as part of the Hauser Guitar Duo (with his brother Tony, an accomplished classical guitarist), and as first guitarist with a number of Spanish dance companies. He is one of the founders of the well-known flamenco dance company, ZORONGO FLAMENCO (, and served as musical director and first guitarist for several years. Michael Hauser is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Flamenco in the Midwest." Hauser is also currently on the music faculty at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching flamenco guitar.


Born in raised in Saint Paul, MN, has been involved at the University of Minnesota (1999-2012) earning his undergraduate degree in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture ('05), and working as administrative staff for the Departments of Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies.

While serving as Community Outreach Coordinator for Dept. of AMIN Studies (2007-2012), Miguel has begun DJing around the Twin Cities, while landing a music program on KFAI, "Radio Pocho", in July 2010, co-founded with Steven Renderos (DJ Ren). He also began assisting with the production of "First Person Radio" hosted by Laura Waterman Wittstock in November 2011.

Miguel is currently serving as Program Director at KFAI, Fresh Air Radio.

This event is sponsored by the University's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance-the University's central international office-and its Global Spotlight initiative. In 2010-12, the Global Spotlight is focusing on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.