Latin Inspired Music Performances

Karlos Paez (courtesy photo)

Havana 1920 has introduced weekly Latin inspired music performances. The lineup includes Latin jams by Karlos Paez and Friends every Friday night and Brazilian beats by Bossa Lounge Project every Saturday.

Paez, along with his band, the B-Side Players, incorporates sounds from Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms for a sound all their own that’s been described as “War meets Lenny Kravitz by way of Ben Harper.” He will be joined on stage by a few of his friends – some of San Diego’s most talented performers.

Bossa Lounge Project features the soulful vocals and acoustic guitar of Mario Marauak and Brazilian Percussion by Ilana Queiroz. Their sets are flavored with Bossa Nova, Samba and contemporary Brazilian music, mixing original songs with Brazilian favorites.

The performances begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Live music is complemented by Havana 1920’s authentic cuisine, including Cuba’s national dish, Ropa Vieja, made with shredded beef, peppers and onions in tomato sauce and served with black beans, white rice and fried sweet plantains; as well as elevated twists on signature Cuban cocktails, such as Hotel Nacional, made with Diplomatico Planas Rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, apricot liqueur, R&D Aromatic #7 bitters.

More information about Havana 1920 and the full menu may be found online at

About Havana 1920

Havana 1920 brings Hemmingway’s Cuba to life with authentic Cuban dishes, drinks and entertainment. Located at 548 Fifth Ave. just south of Market Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Havana 1920 is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. A café serving Cuban pastries, sandwiches and small bites is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 11 a.m. to close Thursday – Saturday. More information about Havana 1920 is available on the website, by calling (619) 369-1920, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Havana1920.

About GBOD Hospitality Group

GBOD Hospitality Group was founded in 2012 by brothers Raymond and Patrick Davoudi with the opening of Mezé Greek Fusion in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Two new partners, Joe Santos and Aleko Achtipes, joined GBOD in 2014 with the aim to build a portfolio of dynamic hospitality brands. Building on the success of Mezé, GBOD took over operations of Prohibition, an underground speakeasy at 548 Fifth Ave. in early 2017. They went on to introduce two new concepts, El Chingon Bad Ass Mexican and Havana 1920, both located at 548 Fifth Ave., later that same year. In late 2020, GBOD debuted its first restaurant outside of San Diego with the opening of El Chingon in Fort Worth, Texas at 2800 Bledsoe St. #100. Additional locations are now in development. More information is on the website at, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @GBODGroup.