Lead by Grammy Nominated percussionist Danny Howard (2016), Contrabanda is one of Chicago's hottest Latin ensembles. Playing everything from Latin Boogaloo to Brazilian Jazz to Latin Jazz to Salsa. 
We can provide an evenings entertainment in any setting. We aim to enjoy ourselves which should make for a great night's entertainment.


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More dates 

We are happy to announce more dates for the end of 2016 and a few that we are now booking for 2017. Great things ahead. Check out the Show Page

Summer of Fun 

Well the summer is starting, some of us are back from a tour of the UK and we are ready to play some gigs this summer. Look at for dates on the Shows page.

What a first half of the year 

We have been very busy in 2016 playing as well as for some members of the sensible travelling. Danny Howard & Mark Sunken were both nominated at the Grammy's this year for their work with another ensemble and have been very busy this year. Check out the Shows page to see where we are and when

Exciting 2016 

We wish everyone a Happy Holidays over the festive period. We are looking forward to 2016, with a lot of our new education shows booked thru Urban gateways as well as some other fun gigs. We are in discussions about some travel as well, so watch this space!!!!!!

Education Show Flourishing 

We are very happy to report that after successfully auditioning to become part of Urban Gateways Touring Artist Team this summer, we have already had 4 or 5 education shows for them this fall, with another 8 already booked for the Spring. Check out more info on Urban gateway and us at

Sad day for Contrabanda 

As much as we enjoyed this evenings gig, it was the last with our original bass player Brett Benteler. At the end of this month he moves on to new things and the Big apple. That's right, Chicago's loss is New York's gain. Thank you Brett for everything you have given to Contrabanda.....

Fall Looking Good 

Well we have had a busy summer, yet we still have 3 gigs left this month and 5 gigs both in September and October already booked. Watch this space for more news.

Busy August 

We have just completed 4 gigs in a row for the first time as Contrabanda and it's only the 10th August. Check the shows page for more details

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