If you need a little bit of mambo in your life, don’t miss the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Considered one of the best Latin big bands in the world with its fusion of mambo, salsa, cha-cha-cha and Latin jazz, the orchestra gives a nod to the big bands of the 1940s. Boasting rafter raising energy, irresistible dance grooves, and style for days, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra has collaborated with an elite roster of artists, including Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo and Arturo Sandoval. On Jan. 6, they welcome Grammy-winning vocalist Herman Olivera.
INFO: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $40/door. 423-2053. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.