SFBJ Names Bean a “Healthiest Employer”

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South Florida Business Journal Names Bean Automotive Group a “Healthiest Employer”

 

Kendall-based dealership with 750+ employees honored for its company-wide commitment to wellness

 

Miami, FL – April 26, 2018 – What started as an effort to share information about health and nutrition with employees four years ago has evolved into a shift in company culture. The South Florida Business Journal recently named the Bean Automotive Group a finalist in this year’s “Healthiest Companies”, in the “Large Companies” category.  The honor has placed them in the top-10 among thousands of South Florida area businesses that applied, and more importantly, has led to an increase in engagement and work productivity, and a significantly reduced absentee rate.

 

“Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: what two great qualities to work with,” says Bean Automotive Group Group Dealer Principal Lori Bean. Fitness classes, blood pressure and “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenges are in, pastelitos, croquetas, and doughnuts as treats and snacks are out. Monthly birthday cakes have now been replaced with healthy food options including smoothies and quinoa with chicken dishes from health-conscious catering partners. In addition, they also created and executed a weight-loss challenge in partnership with their insurance carrier Sapoznik in 2017.

 

Bean leadership has set the example, with Owner Lori Bean leading the way with said weight challenge by shedding 60 pounds, President Chris Roberts continuing to train and compete in triathlons, and CFO George Wiltz remaining an Orange Theory Fitness enthusiast. Baptist Hospitals now regularly sends nutritionists to talk to employees about a comprehensive approach to wellness during twice-monthly events. Bean also offers employees monthly chair massage sessions and health screening fairs.

 

Namesake Gerald Bean founded the Bean Automotive in 1973, which now encompasses four area car dealerships: Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Toyota. The company also owns and operates the Kendall Collision Center.  Bean strives to deliver on every customer’s expectation, one customer at a time, and their vision is to be the leading automotive group within the industry, serving customers, associates and communities. Now, they are among the healthiest.

 

Recently, the dealership’s CFO and four corporate directors went up against the dealership’s President and four general managers in a lower body strength challenge won by the President and four general managers. Bean is considering adding a company boot camp, as well as yoga sessions in the near future.

 

For more information, please visit www.beanauto.com, call 786.573.7600 or email info@beanauto.com.

 

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ABOUT BEAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

 

The company began in 1973 with the vision and determination of a man who built a business into a thriving enterprise selling world-class automobile brands in South Florida. Through his leading expertise in conventional and luxurious automobiles, and his relentless ambition, Gerald Bean transformed a small car dealership into an automotive dynasty.

 

The team is now made up of approximately 750 employees, championing Miami’s rich automobile heritage and serving customers’ needs through five store locations: Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Collision Center. Bean’s long-term success is a result of their loyalty and commitment to the brands they proudly represent, Toyota and Lexus, and is their founder’s legacy.

 

Mr. Bean’s vision, passion, and pride will forever remain the cornerstone of their business and will continue on as they grow in the automotive industry.

 

For more information, visit www.beanauto.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

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Michael Mut

786.426.2277

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SFBJ Nombra Bean “Empresa Saludable”

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El South Florida Business Journal Nombra Bean Automotive Group Una de las “Empresas Mas Saludables”

 

Compañia basada en Kendall con 750+ empleados gana honor por demonstrar compromiso al bienestar

 

Miami, FL – April 26, 2018 – Lo que empezo como una iniciativa para compartir con empleados información sobre la salud y nutrición hace cuatro años se ha evolucionado a un cambio substantivo de la cultura corporativa. Recientemente, el South Florida Business Journal nombro a Bean Automotive Group unos de los finalistas en su programa de “Empresas Mas Saludable”, en la categoria de “compañias grandes”.  El honor los ha puesto entre  las primeras 10 empresas de míles de compañias de el sur de la Florida que se postularon, y mas importantemente, ha incrementado el ambiente y la productividad, y significativamente reducido las aucensias de empleados.

 

“Cuerpo saludable, mente saludable: dos excelente calidade con que trabajar,” dice la directora comerciante del Bean Automotive Group Lori Bean. Clases de ejercicio, competicias de presión sanguínea y ferias de salud estan de moda, pastelitos, croquetas, y doughnuts como merienda ya no se dan. Tortas para celebrar cumpleaños han sido remplacados con opciones mas saludables, incluyendo smoothies y platos de quinoa con pollo de la empresas de abastecimiento. Ademas, Bean lanzo una competencia  de reducción de peso propuesta por  su portador de seguros Sapoznik en el 2017.

 

El liderazgo de Bean ha servido como buen ejemplo – la directora Lori Bean gano la competencia perdiendo 60 libras, presidente Chris Roberts continua entrenando y competiendo en triatlones, y CFO George Wiltz sigue un fanatico del Orange Theory Fitness. Baptist Hospitals ahora regularmente manda  nutricionistas a los concesionarios para hablarle los empleados de una manera comprehensive a la salud dos veces al mes. Cada mes, Bean tambien les ofrece massages en sillas y examenes de salud a todos los asociados.

 

Gerald Bean lanzo Bean Automotive en 1973, y ahora la compañia posee y opera cuatro concesionarios de autos en el area: Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Toyota. Ademas, la compañia maneja el Kendall Collision Center. Bean se esfuerza en brindar  la satisfacción maxima a todas las expectativas de sus clientes, con un toque personal. La vision del grupo es ser lideres de la industria automotriz, sirviendo clientes, asociados y comunidades como uno solo. Ahora, ellos son unos de los mas saludables.

 

Recientemente, el CFO y cuatro directores corporativos de la compañia se enfrentaron en contra el Presidente y cuatros gerentes en general en un reto de fortaleza del cuerpo inferior, una competencia ganado por el Presidente y los gerentes en general. Talvez pronto, Bean agregará clases de entrenamiento fisico, y seciones de yoga.

 

Para mas información sobre Bean, favor de visitar a www.beanauto.com, llamar a 786.573.7600 or por correo electronico al info@beanauto.com.

 

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ACERCA DE BEAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

 

Bean Automotive Group se lanzo in el 1973 con la visión y determinación de un hombre que llevo a su humilde negocio hacia una empresa luctrativa vendiendo autos desde al sur de la Florida el mundo entero. Guiado por su pericia en autos convencionales y de lujo, su implacable ambición, Gerald Bean transformo su pequeña concesión en una dinastía de autos.

 

Hoy en dia, Bean tiene aproximadamente  750 empleados, todos representando la tradicion automóvilistica de Miami, y las Necesidades del consumidor por medio de cinco tiendas locales: Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, y el Kendall Collision Center. El exito a largo plazo de Bean es un resultado de lealtad y un compromiso a las marcas de auto que ellos representan., Toyota y Lexus, y es el legado de el Señor Bean.

 

La visión, pasión, y orgullo de Señor Bean siempre sera la clave del negocio y seguirá siendo su guia.

 

Para mas información, visite al www.beanauto.com.

 

CONTACTO DE PRENSA

Mut Communications

Michael Mut

786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com    


Bean Partners with Live Like Bella

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Bean Automotive Group Partners with the Live Like Bella Foundation

 

Kendall car dealership joins and supports the fight against childhood cancer by helping area non-profit

 

Miami, FL – April 18, 2018 – Having always been a community-oriented company, the Bean Automotive Group has now partnered with the Live Like Bella® Childhood Cancer Foundation. Bean’s recent donation to the non-profit group, one of the largest corporate contributions made to the foundation to date, now ensures continuous support of Live Like Bella’s mission to fund innovative childhood cancer research, provide financial support to families whose child is undergoing treatment, and assist families who have lost a child to cancer with memorial expenses.

 

“To see so much courage in children, the children of our future, is truly inspiring,” says Bean Automotive Group Dealer Principal Lori Bean. “I am honored to be working with Live Like Bella to promote their well-being.” The agreement makes Bean the prime sponsor of Bella’s annual events, including the fifth annual Bella’s Ball in September, the Live Like Bella Superhero 5K in February of 2019, and an array of events throughout the year supporting children battling cancer.

“Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children and approximately 13,500 children in the United States alone are diagnosed with cancer a year,” said Nicole de Lara Puente, CEO of the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation. “We are humbled by Bean Automotive Group’s trust in our ability to support the childhood cancer community. It is thanks to their generous support that we are able to help ensure that childhood cancer become a curable and treatable disease,” she added.

As part of the partnership, the company has taken the additional step of placing four large treasure chests – one at each dealership – to serve as collection points for gift cards from associates, customers and the public. The gift cards will help families dealing with illness to offset the costs of groceries, gas, and even parking, and will last through the month of April.

 

Founded in 1973 by Gerald Bean, Bean Automotive owns and operates four area car dealerships: Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Toyota. The company also runs the Kendall Collision Center. The company strives to deliver on every customer’s expectation, one customer at a time. Their vision is to be the leading automotive group within the industry, serving customers, associates and communities.

 

Headquartered in Coral Gables, FL, Live Like Bella was founded in June 2013 in memory of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who passed away at the tender age of 10 from Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. In her six-year battle she inspired the world to #LiveLikeBella and the foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer by funding innovative pediatric cancer research. The Foundation also provides support for families with children currently in treatment and assists families who have lost a child to cancer with funeral or headstone expenses. To date, the foundation has served families in 46 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.LiveLikeBella.org.

To learn more about Bean Automotive Group, please visit www.beanauto.com, call 786.573.7600 or email info@beanauto.com.

 

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ABOUT BEAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

 

The company began in 1973 with the vision and determination of a man who built a business into a thriving enterprise selling world-class automobile brands in South Florida. Through his leading expertise in conventional and luxurious automobiles, and his relentless ambition, Gerald Bean transformed a small car dealership into an automotive dynasty.

 

The team is now made up of approximately 750 employees, championing Miami’s rich automobile heritage and serving customers’ needs through five store locations: Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Collision Center. Bean’s long-term success is a result of their loyalty and commitment to the brands they proudly represent, Toyota and Lexus, and is their founder’s legacy.

 

Mr. Bean’s vision, passion, and pride will forever remain the cornerstone of their business and will continue on as they grow in the automotive industry.

 

For more information, visit www.beanauto.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Mut Communications

Michael Mut

786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com    

Kendall Toyota, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, Lexus of West Kendall, and Bean Automotive Group partner with Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation in Miami, Florida (PRNewsfoto/Bean Automotive Group)


Bean y Live Like Bella se asocian

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Bean Automotive Group Se Asocia con la Fundación Live Like Bella

 

Grupo de vendedores de carros localizado en Kendall apoya a la lucha en contra el cancer de niños y jovenes

 

Miami, FL – 18 de abril del 2018 – Bean Automotive Group siempre a sido una compañia que respalda a la comunidad, y ahora ellos han creado una asociación on a la fundacion de cancer de niños Live Like Bella®. La reciente donación corporativa de Bean a la organización sin fines de lucro representa una de las mas grandes, y ahora asegura recursos continuos para la misión de fundar la investigación innovadora, ayuda financiera para las familias de los ninos que estan recibiendo tratamiento, y apoyo a las familias para los gastos funerales.

 

“Es realmente inspirador,ver tanto valor en estos niños, que son nuestro futuro,” dice la directora comerciante del Bean Automotive Group Lori Bean. “Es un honor tabajar con Live Like Bella para promover su bienestar.” El acuerdo hace de Bean el patrocinador principal de eventos de Bella annuales como el quinto anual Bella’s Ball – la gala en septiembre, el Live Like Bella Superhero 5K (recaudacion por medio de correr / caminata) en febrero del 2019, y varios otros eventos durante el año que ayudan a los que estan luchando en contra el cancer.

 

El cancer de niños y jovenes es la enfermedad mas gráve en la juventud y aproximadamente 13,500 casos nuevos son diagnosticados cada año solamente en los Estados Unidos, dice Nicole de Lara Puente, CEO de Live Like Bella. “Estamos realmente honrados por la confianza que Bean tiene en nuestra capacidad de apoyar a la comunidad de los niños enfermos con cancer. Gracias a la generosa donación nosotros podemos asegurar que la enfermedad se convierta en una que sea tratable y curable,”agrego Lara Puente.

Como parte de la donación, la compañia ha puesto baules en cada ubicación para recoger tarjetas de regalos desde los empleados, clientes y gente del público. La campaña ayudara a las familias que se encuentren en la batalla contra el cáncer con gastos como: mandados, gasolina, y hasta estacionamiento, y durará hasta el final del mes de abril.

 

Fundado en 1973 por Gerald Bean, Bean Automotive posee y opera cuatro concesionarios de autos en el area: Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, and Kendall Toyota. Ademas, la compañia maneja el Kendall Collision Center. Bean se esfuerza en brindar  la satisfacción maxima a todas las expectativas de sus clientes, con un toque personal. La vision del grupo es ser lideres de la industria automotriz, sirviendo clientes, asociados y comunidades como uno solo.

Localizados en Coral Gables, FL, la fundación Live Like Bella se lanzó en el 2013 despues en memoria de Bella Rodriguez-Torres, quien fallecio a los 10 añitos de edad de Rhabdomyosarcoma, una forma rara y agresiva del cancer. Durante su batalla que duro seis años, ella inspiró al mundo que “Viva como Bella”, y la fundación se dedica a encontrar la cura para el cancer pediátrico por medio de fundar la investigación innovadora. Ademas, la fundación apoya a las familias que tienen hijos o hijas recibiendo tratamiento, y ayuda a las familias que han perdido un nino al cancer con los arreglos funerales y cementerio  La organización ha ayudado familias en 46 estados de EEUU y 12 paises alrededor del mundo. Para mas información, visite a livelikebella.org.

 

Para aprender mas sobre Bean, favor de visitar a www.beanauto.com, llamar a 786.573.7600 or por correo electronico contacte al info@beanauto.com.

 

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ACERCA DE BEAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

 

Bean Automotive Group se lanzo in el 1973 con la visión y determinación de un hombre que llevo a su humilde negocio hacia una empresa luctrativa vendiendo autos desde al sur de la Florida el mundo entero. Guiado por su pericia en autos convencionales y de lujo, su implacable ambición, Gerald Bean transformo su pequeña concesión en una dinastía de autos.

 

Hoy en dia, Bean tiene aproximadamente  750 empleados, todos representando la tradicion automóvilistica de Miami, y las Necesidades del consumidor por medio de cinco tiendas locales: Kendall Toyota, Lexus of Kendall, West Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall, y el Kendall Collision Center. El exito a largo plazo de Bean es un resultado de lealtad y un compromiso a las marcas de auto que ellos representan., Toyota y Lexus, y es el legado de el Señor Bean.

 

La visión, pasión, y orgullo de Señor Bean siempre sera la clave del negocio y seguirá siendo su guia.

 

Para mas información, visite al www.beanauto.com.

 

CONTACTO DE LA PRENSA

Mut Communications

Michael Mut

786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com    


Korbel Carnaval Masquerade Party 4/21

KORBEL CARNAVAL MASQUERADE PARTY

Right here in Miami, Korbel Champagne is celebrating the end of carnaval season in style with an extravagant party just for YOU on Saturday, April 21st at the all new Martini Bar City Place in Doral, Fl.

CLICK HERE to RSVP NOW and experience this festival atmosphere with live samba dancers, costumes, music and of course… Complimentary Korbel cocktails and Hors’ D’oeuvre’s.

Live Performance by Grammy Nominated Robert Vilera and Vilera Son

Music by South Florida’s – DJ Hans

and many more surprises

Entry is FREE but you must RSVP. Early arrival is suggested.

An RSVP does not guarantee entry. First-come, first-served, 21 & over.

Visit korbel.com/carnaval for more information

Korbel Reminds you to Drink Responsibly

DATE AND TIME

Sat, April 21, 2018

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

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LOCATION

Martini Bar

3450 NW 83rd Ave

Suite #144

Doral, FL 33166

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Afro Roots Fest Islamorada Coming 4/28

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Afro Roots Fest Travels to Islamorada for 20th Anniversary Celebration April 28

Morada Bay Arts and Cultural District hosts all-day event featuring live music, African dance and percussion workshop, instrument show and tell, vendors and more

Islamorada, FL – April 10, 2018 – The Afro Roots World Music Festival travels to the Florida Keys for the first time in its 20-year history this month. Islamorada’s Morada Bay Arts and Cultural District will be the scene of the celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2018, and will feature live music by the Nag ChampayonsCortaditoGrupo Barrio Abajo, and myriad family-friendly activities designed to enrich and entertain. The district is located at 151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036. Event is open to the public of all ages; suggested donation is $10.

“Although some of the effects of Hurricane Irma are still visible throughout the Florida Keys, the area is open for business and we intend to celebrate joyfully and accordingly,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “The Keys are a national treasure and we are excited and proud to be bringing the Afro Roots Fest to Islamorada April 28. We look forward to sharing the wonderful African diaspora with residents and out-of-the-area travelers alike.”

Miami’s Afro Galactic / Tropidelic funksters the Nag Champayons blend African, Caribbean and North American influences into a unique and extremely danceable sound. Cortadito specializes in performing Cuban Son Montunomusic similar to the Buena Vista Social Club, effectively transporting listeners back to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the airwaves. Grupo Barrio Abajo aims to raise international awareness of the folkloric musical heritage of the Caribbean Colombia; styles such as cumbiabullerengueporrochandé and more than thirty other unparalleled musical rhythms.

This year’s edition of the festival, which is curated and run by the non-profit organization CAC, features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues from Jupiter to Key West. Up next are two very special events scheduled for Key West May 17 through 19, and Key Largo on June 2.

The event is being made possible through the generous support of the Florida Keys Tourism Development CouncilKeys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

For more information, the full performer lineup and ticket links, please visit www.afrorootsfest.com or call 305.916.5521.
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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produced the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which enjoyed a five- year run, in addition to co-producing the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com

 


Hey, Stuart – MoJuCo is now in town!

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Modern Juice Company Opens New Location in Stuart

Nutritious, health-conscious specialty shop debuts new store in Martin County  

Jupiter, FL – March 20, 2018 – Modern Juice Company, already known for producing and offering the best-tasting cold pressed juices, smoothies, and blended acai bowls locally available. It is now officially a chain, having opened a second location in the Stuart Centre located at 2325 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994. The new store’s phone number is 772-291-2640; they also recently launched a new Instagram account @mjcstuart. The new location is adjacent to Orange Theory Fitness, TJ MaxxHomeGoodsPetCo, and Office Depot.

“I’m excited to get to this phase of growth for our company,” says founder Jon Sullivan. “What started off as a simple passion project has blossomed into a growing company with more fans than we could have imagined…you can’t ask for much more than that. We’re just grateful that people are so receptive to our style and approach to juicing and smoothies.”

With cold bowls like the Citrus Sunrise (pitaya, orange juice, pineapple, honey topped with granola) and the Banana Bowl (almond milk, banana, protein, honey topped with granolas and fruit), juices such as the Carrot Zinger (carrot, apple, ginger, lime) and the Pipe Cleaner (cucumber, kale, celery, lemon and ginger), and smoothies like Citrus Greens (spinach, pineapple, banana, orange juice, honey), Modern Juice Company has quickly become a favorite with locals and those out of the area alike.

The maiden storefront is located in the Fresh Market Plaza at 287 E Indiantown Rd, JupiterFL 33477In response to the community’s growing diversity, Modern Juice began offering its complete menu in Spanish and Portuguese in 2017.

When asked what’s next for Modern Juice Company, Sullivan replied: “our hope is to open a few more stores in the Treasure Coast area. We’re open to all ideas at this point, we’re just happy to be here.”

For more information, please visit www.modernjuiceco.com, call 561.320.9300 or email modernjuicecompany@gmail.com.

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ABOUT MODERN JUICE COMPANY

Founded in 2014, Modern Juice Company is the only juice bar in Jupiter where you can get made to order juices, smoothies and bowls. The main mission is to eliminate the impact of refined sugars and product fillers used in conventional, big chain smoothies and bowls.

As active members with the Think Local PBC small business initiative, the company feels it is important to bring attention to small businesses and help to be a voice for other local, small businesses.

Modern Juice Co. supports and donates to as many local organizations and events as possible, including sponsoring the annual Guanabanas IslandRestaurant and Bar’s Log Jam surf contest, local athletic programs, and community beach clean and river clean ups. The store also features local art pieces, music and jewelry for sale.

Modern Juice Co. is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Call-ahead orders are welcome, and delivery is available through Chowcab.com or Delivery Dudes.

To learn more, visit www.modernjuiceco.com, like their page on Facebook and Google+ and follow them on Instagram and Twitter @ModernJuiceCo and @MJCstuart.

MEDIA CONTACT
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com    


Latin Night is Back at Guanabanas!

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Noche Latina Returns to Guanabanas April 7 with Locos Por Juana, Pepe Montes Trio and DJ Ephniko

 After a brief hiatus, the monthly Latin music series returns with a doubleheader of premiere Miami-based Latin reggae band and Cuban salsa group, plus a world music DJ

 Jupiter, FL – March 14, 2018 – The monthly Noche Latina series returns to Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, April 7, 2018, featuring two prominent Miami area groups and a world music disc jockey. First up DJ Ephniko spinning during brunch, followed by the Pepe Montes Trio led by its namesake piano prodigy, and will mark the return of Locos Por Juana, the Latin urban orchestra that has found success with area music fans locally and on a national level. There is no cover to attend at any time; 21 and over are welcome after 9 p.m. The venue is located at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“Locos were a hit at the last Dirty River Reggae Festival, as well as during their debut a year ago,” says Guanabanas talent buyer Matt Cahur.  “They are the perfect embodiment of Noche Latina – bilingual musicians on a quest to spread a multi-cultural message of love and unity through music. I’ve had my eye on Pepe for a while now, knowing full well he’s a Cuban musical force to be reckoned with.” Cahur runs Roots Music, Inc., a Jupiter-based, 20-year music management and promotions company, and is the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

Formed in 2000, Locos Por Juana pedal a style of music that is as varied as South Florida is: they mix musical influences from Miami and the Caribbean islands including reggae, Raggamuffin, and dub from Jamaica with hip-hop, rock, and funk. The group’s latest release Caribe, featuring several high-profile international guest artists including legendary rapper Talib Kweli, ChocQuibTown, Marina (Ojos de Brujo), has led them on a national and international touring jaunt since its release. Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated, Locos are getting set to drop a new single called “Tal Vez / Someday”. More info available at www.LocosPorJuana.com.

Pepe is probably best known for his 2013 Latin Grammy win for the live all-star recording called “Salsa Giants”, but he’s also already worked with Marc Anthony, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Celia Cruz All Stars, Sergio George, Chino y Nacho and others. He fronts a larger big-band version of his group and is a house musician of Miami’s premiere live music venue Ball & Chain. The keyboardist, composer, singer and songwriter occasionally backs other Miami-area groups, including Electric Piquete. More details: www.facebook.com/PepeMontesConjunto.

DJ Ephniko, AKA Alvaro Cuello, is a member of the Nag Champayons, who are regular Noche Latina performers, and a founder of the Patacon Conspiracy, an eclectic outfit that blends world beat, hip-hop and Nu Cumbia. He will also spin during the break between Montes and Locos.

For more information, please call 561.747.8878 or visit www.Guanabanas.com.

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ABOUT GUANABANAS

Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; an all-new brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays. Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause. Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider Foundation, Martin Memorial Hospital, Haiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve Foundation, Freedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County Firefighters, Furry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com.

For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Mut Communications

Michael Mut

786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com    


Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert on Miami Beach 4/7

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Sun Ra Arkestra and Morikeba Kouyate Mark 20 Years of the Afro Roots World Music Festival April 7

Event at North Beach Bandshell begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages; tickets available online

Miami Beach, FL – March 13, 2018 – The Afro Roots World Music Festivalcomes full circle for its 20th anniversary celebration, featuring  Sun Ra Arkestra in concert on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33141).  The music begins at 7 p.m.with special guest Morikeba Kouyate. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/2BtQdOq. This year’s edition of the festival, which is curated and run by the non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC), features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues from Jupiter to Key West.

“The whole concept of the Afro Roots Fest initially came together as a tribute to Sun Ra himself,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of CAC. “I had just seen the film A Joyful Noise and it inspired me so much that I put together a band called the Afro Polyphonic Space Orchestra and created the festival around it.”  Fast-forward twenty years, and the tribute has evolved into a successful yearly musical and cultural community program.

Directed by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Sun Ra Arkestra are musical torch-bearers for the late, great keyboardist and big-band innovator born Herman Poole Blount. The Arkestra carry on the traditions set by the cosmic philosopher, complete with full costumes and the “Songbook from Saturn”. They maintain a busy touring schedule and continue to release albums, beginning with 1999’s Song for the Sun. Learn more at www.sunraarkestra.com.

Kouyate, a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest favorite, is a Kora master and a trained Griot, meaning he maintains a tradition of West African oral history through songHis handmade instrument is a captivating 20-string, harp-like beauty, which he wields powerfully in his melodic storytelling. Click https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA to view a clip of him at the festival’s 16th incarnation.

Named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times in August,  the festival will continue the celebration of its 20th anniversary with a journey into the Florida Keys for the first time on April 28 at the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District (151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33060.

The Miami Beach show is made possible through the support of the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Cultural ArtsCouncil, and is being presented in part by MDC Live Arts.

For more information, ticket links and the full performer lineup, please visit www.afrorootsfest.com or call 305.672.5202.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produced the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which enjoyed a five- year run, in addition to co-producing the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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Roots / Reggae Week in Jupiter

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Upcoming Roots / Reggae Shows at Guanabanas

Jupiter, FL – March 6, 2018 – One version of the old refrain goes “March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion”. At Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar, the month of March will definitely roar with the sounds of several high-profile roots / reggae acts, beginning with Iya Terra on March 15Pato Banton and special guest Roots Shakedown March 17, and The Expanders with Sensamotion and Dubbest March 22. All performances begin at 9 p.m. except the triple header on 3/22, which begins at 8 p.m. No cover, 21 and over are welcome. Guanabanas is located on the Loxahatchee River and near the Jupiter Inlet, at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“Our crowd is definitely roots / reggae-friendly, and do we have a very special treat lined up for them,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “In about a week’s time, we will have presented one of L.A.’s premiere reggae acts in Iya Terra, British legend Pato Banton with an outstanding local group Roots Shakedown, and another L.A. reggae revivalist mainstay The Expanders, plus a couple of special guest bands.” Cahur is a Jupiter-based guitarist and the head of a music management and promotions company that boasts of a successful 20-year record. In addition, he serves as the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

Formed in Los Angeles about four years ago, Iya Terra take a modern approach to creating conscious sound waves that has them bound for infinite possibilities. In 2016, Iya Terra reached new heights as they toured heavily throughout the western U.S. with bands such as The Movement, New Kingston, and Arise Roots. Their third studio album Sacred Sound, released on March 17, 2017, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae chart. The band’s March current tour has them winding through Texas and the Southeast before heading to Utah and Colorado. More details: iyaterra.com.

Born Patrick Murray in Birmingham, England, Pato Banton was pivotal to the rise of reggae in the U.K. during the 80s. Several high-profile guest appearances, including with UB40 and Chrissie Hines led to his solo debut, 1987’s Never Give In. He then had a U.S. college radio hit in 1990 with a cover of The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World”. He eventually hooked up with Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD organization, which took him on tour across the globe, peforming concerts and working with disadvantaged youths. Still actively touring, his latest release came in 2008: Destination Paradise.

The Expanders are a five-piece unit that pride themselves on representing the “golden era” of reggae. They are currently promoting in support of their latest full-length release, 2017’s Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol 2, as well as a brand-new single called “Blood Morning“, issued last month. The band is John Asher (drums, vocals), John Butcher (guitar, vocals), Roy Fishell (organs), Chiquis Lozoya (bass, vocals), and Devin Morrison (guitar, vocals). More info at theexpanders.net.

For more information, please visit www.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.

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ABOUT GUANABANAS

Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; a breakfast menu is available Saturdays and Sundays.

Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause.

Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ new food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com. The establishment recently launched a new weekend brunch menu featuring Build Your Own Donut and Waffle Bars, $6 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Margaritas, $12 Bottomless Sangria, and more.

For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

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