TAMPA — A steady, thumping conga beat reverberated down Himes Avenue on Sunday afternoon.
As thousands of people milled about Al Lopez Park during the annual Conga Caliente family festival on Sunday, Sol y Son, a five-member band, cranked out a version of “Oye Como Va,” penned by Tito Puente and popularized by Carlos Santana.
Sounds from the band’s flute, upright bass, acoustic guitar, maracas and drums seemed to mingle and dance on the breeze with the aroma of sizzling Latin food, from the arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) at Sober Boricua Puerto Rican Cuisine to the tacos, burritos and tostadas at Taco Rey Mexican Grill.
The free event started at 11 a.m. Sunday and ended at 6 p.m.
Other artists on Sunday’s lineup included Colombian folk duo, Tachuela Con Albarito, and , a Puerto Rico native who has dabbled in several musical styles, from salsa to rock to hip-hop.