Quarter Street


Quarter Street

The physical and emotional hits kept coming for the last two days of WOMADelaide 2016. The heat would not relent, and while watching Quarter Street send the crowd into a salsa frenzy on Monday, sweat accrued in places that it is not natural for sweat to accrue.

Thankfully, the crowd didn’t mind. In fact, they wiggled their hips even more enthusiastically than ever in an apparent act of defiance against the humidity. Given the pumping brass and percussion soundtrack, the searing sun and the party atmosphere were really quite appropriate. We could have been anywhere from Miami to Rio. Not all the dancing was skilful, but it was surely enthusiastic. And what the crowd lacked in dance ability, Quarter Street made up for in musicianship. They made the very difficult look easy and sound great.

The AU Review, March 2016


Quarter Street takes you back to the heart of classic salsa. Inspired by the passion of salsa luminaries such as Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barreto and Hector Lavoe, and emphasizing the raw sounds of New York in the 1970’s, The Quarter Street revisit an era where the music of the streets resonated with the voice of the people.

Formed in early 2011, The Quarter Street combines the fresh energy of a newly created band with the skills of well known established musicians. A dynamic live band with a driving rhythm section and all-trombone horn section, this young vibrant group of talented musicians are quickly making a splash in the Melbourne music scene.


Luis Poblete – Vocals, Congas
Cristian Saavedra – Timbale
Sergio Botero – Vocals
Leo Salvo – Vocals, Bongo
Andrew James – Piano
Cesar “Fito” Saavedra – Bass
Ben Gillespie – Trombone
Jimmy Bowman – Trombone
Lazaro Numa – Trumpet/Trombone