Best Polyrhythmic Bar Stools (2008)


For years, TITO PUENTE'S RESTAURANT redefined sitting in with the band—when the salsa rhythms really got cooking, the patrons would get off their asses, turn around, and start playing the genuine Latin-percussion conga drums that serve as the bar's stools. A couple of the "seats" had seen time in Tito's band, and he enjoyed rapping on them when entering his establishment prior to his death in 2000. Although the drums remain, cushions have been affixed to their heads to increase the comfort level and discourage the amateur congeros in the audience.


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