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Tritons Club (former)

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Social club established by the Sparks stickball team

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Hunts Point
Theater, Performance

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Known as the "greatest after hours club in the Bronx" of its time, the Tritons Club was started in the late 1950s by a group of friends from a local stickball team who wanted to have a place to hold parties. Located next door to the Hunts Point Palace, by the early 1960s, many of the biggest bands in Latin music were playing at the Tritons Club regularly. In addition, Al Santiago, the owner of the Casalegre record store and the record label Alegre records, gathered many well-known bandleaders together at the Tritons to play every Tuesday and they eventually became the Alegre All-Stars. The club is also reputed to be a key venue in the creation of the pachanga dance craze.

Like many of the postwar South Bronx Latin music clubs, the Tritons Club was housed in a former theater--in this case Spooner's Theater founded by actress Cecil Spooner....

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David M. Carp

Nominated through the Mambo to Hip Hop Community Focus project.

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