MOUSE KING Returns December 7 – 9 and 14 – 16

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MOUSE KING Returns for a Sixth Holiday Season December 7 – 9 and 14 – 16

South Miami, FL – November 13, 2018 – The magical “Kingdom of Sweets” comes alive once more. MOUSE KING, the family-friendly holiday musical and South Florida tradition written by Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and award-winning singer / songwriter / prolific composer of children’s musical theater Jim Camacho, will enjoy an extended run at The Mandelstam Theaternext month. Tickets for the show, which plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7, 8, and 9, as well as 14, 15, and 16, are on sale now at www.MouseKingTickets.com.

MOUSE KING follows the adventures of Mouserick, the furry future monarch, by revisiting the story of The Nutcracker from the point of view of the mice. With a cast of master puppeteers and guest artists from New York City, along with talented local child actors, MOUSE KING brings an imaginative twist on the classic Russian ballet to life. Five consecutive years of sell outs and popular demand drove the need for a second weekend of performances for the first time.

“We are truly excited to be rolling out the show once again and I am looking forward to the curtains going up on what will be another fantastic cast,” says Camacho. “I am humbled and grateful for the response and the support given to our production. This show is truly a labor of love and holiday cheer.” Jim has written the music for several high-profile musicals, including ones that have played off-Broadway, and been part of the Bronx Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” celebrations.

The action is fast-paced, the music is brilliant and memorable, and the characters are loveable and instantly unforgettable. Spoiler alert: the mouse does become king. The Mandelstam Theater is located at 8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143. Tickets start at $25 online and reserved seating is available. Pre-show purchase is highly recommended, as shows will sell out.

A long-time South Miami resident, Camacho is also a prolific recording artist. Beginning with the major-label rock band he co-founded with his brother Johncalled The Goods, he has released many full length collections and singles, penned music for artists such as IlonaJohnny ReidJason Morton and theChesapeake SonsAna Cristina CashChloe LangEx Norwegian, and Alex Di Leo. He’s also launched a YouTube series about South Florida artists called “Adventures in Songwriting”, and is set to release a new collection of music he created with John Camacho in early 2019.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com or call 800.838.3006.

ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim Camacho is prolific at writing songs, musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into theater began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan CerulloThe show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. He has collaborated with Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on several “Boo at the Zoo” Bronx Zoo productions, as well as MOUSE KING, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying annual sell out performances each year since premiering in 2013.

Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award, and reached #1 on the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign their second recording contract, this time with Polygram Records, and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl JamThe Smithereens, Cracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.

In 2017, Camacho launched a web series called “Adventures in Songwriting”, which features fellow songwriters in a laid-back interview setting and pairs the host and the guest in a challenge to write a song in 30 minutes. The new creative output is performed at the end of the segment, and all of the tracks from the five episodes taped and webcast so far are being mixed for an EP release due in early ’19.

Jim spent part of 2018 writing for artists such as Johnny ReidJason Mortonand the Chesapeake Sons, and Ana Cristina Cash, as part of a stable of Nashville-based AbFab publishing house songwriters. Camacho is also working on a full-length solo project, his first full-length since the critically-lauded Beachfront Defeat, as well as collaborating with brother John on new music.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

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


Cortadito CD Release Party 11/16

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Cortadito Celebrates Release of Canciones de Julio November 16 at Wynwood Yard

Traditional Cuban folk group plays free all-ages show in Wynwood to launch five-song EP of original music

Miami, FL October 31, 2018 Thomas Wolfe may have written the novel You Can’t Go Home, but Miami’s premiere Cuban folk group Cortadito has quite the audio evidence to the contrary. They have now released Canciones de Julio, written and recorded with the group’s co-founder Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet, and plan a proper celebration and homecoming Friday, November 16, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at The Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127). The show will be free and open to the public of all ages.

“I’m happy that this project has finally seen the light of day,” says group co-founder / producer Jose Elias about the material that was originally recorded in 2015. “We are looking forward to performing the new material at the Wynwood Yard and beyond.”

The group went back to their roots and teamed up with Delet for the creation of their second EP release, which features five original compositions written by Julio Cesar, including the classic “Casa de la Trova” written by his father Julio Rodriguez. The fine work of double bass player Yorgis Goiricelaya from Matanzas, Cuba is featured throughout the recording. Yorgis is the Musical Director for Albita Rodriguez’s group and also plays bass with the legendary Oscar De Leon.

Founded in 2011, Cortadito has played countless private parties and corporate events, lounges, bars, and festivals. Most recently, the group backed legendary Buena Vista Social Club member Eliades Ochoa at the Los Dells Festival in Wisconsin, the first multi-genre Latin music festival in the Midwest, and soon to be the largest such festival in North America. They also accompanied him at this year’s GroundUp Music Festival on Miami Beach in February.

Cortadito released their debut CD Abriendo Caminos in 2012, which besides covering a variety of Cuban music standards, featured one original composition by each of the artists “Delicias Caribeña” (Elias) and “Te Lo Perdiste” (Delet).

For more information about the venue, navigate to www.wynwoodyard.com or call 305-351-0366. For more on the band, please visit www.cortaditoson.com.

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ABOUT CORTADITO

 Cortadito’s focus is on performing the traditional Cuban music of the early 20th century. From Son MontunoGuarachaBolerosNengon, and Bolero Son, this dynamic ensemble brings the listener back to a time when Trio Matamoros, or Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world. The era when popular music was Cuban Music and Son Montuno was influencing music throughout the globe. From time to time, Cortadito is backed by a variety of guest musicians, which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Jose Elias founded the band alongside Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet from Santiago de Cuba in November of 2011 after a 12-year stint with Conjunto Progreso that garnered him a Grammy nomination for his participation in the album Masters of Cuban Son. The duo was an instant success and were invited to perform at the Fingerlakes Grassroots festival in Trumansberg, NY. They released their first CD titled Abriendo Caminos in 2012, which featured one original composition by each of the artists “Delicias Caribeña” (Elias) and “Te Lo Perdiste” (Delet).

In 2013, Julio Cesar moved to Houston, Texas and was replaced by Humberto Upierre from Guanabacoa, Cuba. The group then expanded into a trio which included percussionist Andres Polanco Rivas from Holguin, Cuba. In 2014 , the group reunited with Julio Cesar to record what would be the songs for their next release, which included the participation of double bass player  Yorgis Goiricelaya from Matanzas, Cuba.  Yorgis is the Musical Director for Albita Rodriguez’s group and also plays bass with Oscar De Leon.

From 2015 to 2017 the group added various musicians to the roster, including the likes Eduardo Saborit on vocals and rhythm guitar from Santiago de Cuba, percussionist Santiago McCookWilfredo Fuentes Cespedes who recorded and toured with Eliades Ochoa, and Horacio Rodriguez, who worked with Orquesta Aragon from 2000 to 2016. Most recently, the group has added double bass player Alberto Pantaleon, who has toured with the Buena Vista Social Club and Eliades Ochoa.

For more information about the band, visit www.cortaditoson.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Mut Communications

Michael Mut

786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com    

 

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Tropidelic and Bumpin Uglies at Guanabanas 11/7

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Tropidelic and Bumpin Uglies Co-Headline an Evening of Music at Guanabanas November 7

Rare midweek doubleheader comes to the award-winning waterfront restaurant, bar and music venue

Jupiter, FL – October 26, 2018 – Hump Day shows at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar are usually reserved for a single, energetic act. On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Jupiter live music fans will be treated to a double header of the rock / reggae touring bands known as Tropidelic and Bumpin Uglies. The music begins at 8 p.m., the show is free and open to 21 and over. Guanabanas is located at 960 North Highway A1A Jupiter, FL 33477, near the Jupiter Inlet and on the east bank of the Loxahatchee River.

“These two bands together make for an instant party,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “I’m looking forward to unleashing their good time musical energy on our Wednesday night regulars.” Cahur is the founder of Roots Music, which manages acts, and produces and promotes local and regional concerts. In addition to booking acts and providing hospitality at Guanabanas, he is the lead sound engineer.

Tropidelic is six-piece funk / reggae / rock / hip hop from the East Side of Cleveland, OH.  The year 2017 saw the release of the band’s latest, Heavy is The Head, which hit the top spot on the iTunes reggae charts upon release. They have shared the stage with and supported such acts as 311Slightly StoopidThe Dirty HeadsPepper and TheWailers. Tropidelic have hit the festival circuit heavily recently, playing Electric Forest,the Werk Out Festival, the Warped TourSXSWReggae Rise Up, and Cali Roots. Learn more about the band here: www.tropidelic.com.

Bumpin Uglies hail from Annapolis, MD, and are self-described as “a curiously fun mix of ska, reggae and good ole’ punk rock.” They have been musically raised on everything from Bad Religion and The Beach Boys to Sublime and Reel Big Fish. The quartet’s brand-new release is called Beast from the Eastand features guest appearances Derek McBrydeof Tropidelic, plus members of Sun Dried VibesOgee Wawa, and others. For more on the band, visit www.bumpinugliesmusic.com.

Their current joint tour last through mid-November and has them winding up and down the U.S. East Coast before hopping to Texas. Bumpin Uglies will then head up to the Northeast, and toward the Midwest into the New Year. Tropidelic will loop back around the Northeast through the end of this year.

For more information about the show and the venue, 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; 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 FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry 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
info@mutcomm.com
786.426.2277


Mouse King Returns for a Sixth Holiday Season!

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MOUSE KING Returns to The Mandelstam Theater for a Sixth Holiday Season December 7 – 9 and 14 – 16, 2018

Who: Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and award-winning singer / songwriter and prolific composer of children’s musical theater Jim Camacho, the cast of the 2018 production.

What: MOUSE KING a family-friendly holiday musical and South Florida tradition written by MacNeal and Camacho. The magical “Kingdom of Sweets” comes alive once more. Mouse King revisits the story of The Nutcracker as told from the point of view of the mice. With master puppeteers and guest artists from New York City, along with a cast of talented child actors from the Miami community, MOUSE KING brings an imaginative twist on the Nutcracker to life. Due to five consecutive years of sell outs and by popular demand, this year’s production will enjoy a second weekend of performances for the first time.

When:  

Friday, December 7th, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8th, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 9th, 2 p.m.
Friday, December 14th, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15th, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 16th, 2 p.m.

Where: The Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143.

Tickets: start at $25 online at http://mousekingtickets.com; reserved seating is available. Pre-sale tickets highly recommended, as shows will sell out.

More information:  www.JimCamacho.com or 800.838.3006.


Everglades Awareness Concert Coming 11/3

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11th Annual Everglades Awareness Concert Happens November 3 at the Fillmore Miami Beach

Activism and entertainment once again drive event hosted by Love the Everglades Movement and Ploppy Palace Productions

Miami, FL – October 16, 2018 – The annual Everglades Awareness Concertcontinues to be one of the area’s longest running concert series and one that champions the area’s most important natural resource. Now in its 11th year, the event moves over to the Jackie Gleason Room in Miami Beach’s Fillmore Theater (1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139) and takes place Saturday, November 3, 2018, beginning at 4 p.m.  The all-ages event is free for children under 12, and $15 for adults during the pre-sale period on Ticketmaster.com, and $20 at the door. There’s a $5 discount available for seniors, veterans, students, and Miami Beach residents.

“This year, Love The Everglades Movement has taken the Everglades Awareness Concert to the next level by connecting with the Fillmore on Miami Beach,” says concert organizer and community activist Flash. “By hosting this dynamic showcase in one of South Florida’s premiere venues, we are amplifying our empowering message into the heart of the region that is being directly affected by sea level rise and climate change.

With a focus on social engagement, personal actions and voting for sustainable policies, the group is merging entertainment and education with a diverse selection of performers and speakers. “Our intent as always is to raise awareness and support for Everglades protection and public education,” continues Flash. “As part of this multi-media extravaganza, some of South Florida’s top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together to raise awareness for this vital natural resource.”

There will be live musical performances by: IkoIko, The Spam Allstars, Army Gideon, Tamboka, Above the SkylineVenus RisingKuyaykyMrGrim da ReapaGrant Livingston and more to be announced. This will be the first time that the event will be held in the famous Art Deco venue that was once home to the Jackie Gleason Show, and now hosts national and international touring acts and productions.

Guest speakers will include: Houston Cypress from Love The EvergladesMovementBetty Osceola (Walk for Mother Earth), Tim Canova, Candidate for U.S. Congress, along with other representatives from community organizations and concerned citizens to be announced.

There will be dance performances by Melody GedeonElviza and more. Spoken word artists will include AlonsoRebecca Butterfly Vaughns, and others, plus attendees can enjoy live art from Anibal FernandezLinxAnastasia Sultzer, and more. A digital art show highlighting more than 40 artists will run on a continuous loop. Information booths from Love The Everglades Movement, and other organizations will be present.

Vendors and small businesses including The Wallflower GalleryProgressiveRags, and others will be promoting and selling their merch. The concert is also being sponsored by Sunkeeper Solutions, and is made possible with the support of the MiamiDade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural AffairsCouncil, the MiamiDade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Production support by provided by Fillmore Miami Beach7th CircuitProductionsResurrection DrumsMut Communications and One Love MiamiPhotography.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/521661158286635 or call 305.579.0069.

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


Electric Piquete Plays Noche Latina October 26

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Roots Music and Guanabanas Celebrate the Third Anniversary of Noche Latina with Electric Piquete October 26

Latin funk band to play a free show at the premier Jupiter waterfront venue beginning at 9 p.m.

Jupiter, FL – October 15, 2018 – The band that kicked off the successful Noche Latina series at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar three years ago is back to celebrate a very special milestone. Electric Piquete – two-time Miami New Times’ “Best Latin Band” award winners – will perform one two-hour set on Friday, October 26, 2018, beginning at 9 p.m. Guanabanas is located at 960 North Highway A1A Jupiter, FL 33477, directly on the east bank of the Loxahatchee River. The show is free and open to those 21 and over.

“Electric Piquete is a cornerstone band for Noche Latina, having played here numerous times during what’s become a very popular event for Roots and Guanabanas,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “I am proud to welcome them back and continue to grow the series as it rolls on in its monthly trek.” Cahur is the head of Roots Music, which specializes in music management, production and promotions of local and regional artists and concerts. He wears many hats, being the lead sound engineer at Guanabanas.

Electric Piquete have fully incorporated Caribbean rhythms into their sound, covering and recording tracks by standout Latin artists such as Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaria, Cheo Feliciano. They revel in their Hispanic roots and have even written songs about Jose Marti and Cuban beaches. Their music has already been licensed by Lexus, and featured in the Emmy-winning Joe Cardona documentary Miami Boheme, plus an episode of CNNGo.

The band features co-founder Ed Rosado on drums / vocals, co-founder Michael Mut on bass / vocals, Chris Correoso (guitar), and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band’s sound is very often augmented by Raymond Ayala on percussion and vocals, Charles Gardner on keyboards, and Robert Smiley on tenor sax and flute. Occasionally, the band features special guests Damian J. Sanchez on saxophones and flute, Maco Monthervil on vocals, and Jose Miranda on trombone.

For more information, visit www.ElectricPiquete.com or call 786.426.2277.

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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 FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry 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
info@mutcomm.com
786.426.2277


CAC Launches 2018-19 Season October 30

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Community Arts & Culture Kicks Off New Season with World Music Tuesdays at the Wynwood Yard October 30

 

Miami, FL – October 9, 2018 – Miami-based non-profit Community Arts & Culture will launch its 2018-2019 season with a special Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Wynwood Yard on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Hosted by the organizations founder / director Jose Elias, this five part series will take place once a month at the family-friendly, open air venue and showcase groups that represent cultures from around the world. On October 30th, the Mexican folklore group Ameyal will perform songs and dances that celebrate the Dia de los Muertos holiday with live music, demonstrations, and a Q&A segment as well. This event is presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

 

Who: Ameyal

What: Community Arts & Culture / World Music Tuesdays

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Where: 56 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127

 

MEDIA CONTACT                                                                                                            
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277

info@mutcomm.com

 


Cortadito Continues Residency at La Centrale

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Cuban Son Group Cortadito Continues Residency at La Centrale in Brickell

Miami, FL – October 3, 2018 – Cortadito, the Cuban folk band led by musician and producer Jose Elias, will continue their weekly Thursday night residency at the Brickell City Center’s Italian eatery La Centrale during the month of October. The band’s trio format will play from the hours of 7 to 9 p.m. at the venue, located at 601 S Miami Ave, and patrons can not only enjoy traditional Son Montuno compositions and fine dining, but free rose wine during the event. Elias is also the founder and director of the local non-profit Community Arts & Culture, organizers of the long-running Afro Roots Fest. Cortadito also serves as the backing band for Eliades Ochoa, one of the original members of theBuena Vista Social Club. For more information about the series, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/492295834571413. For more on the band, navigate to www.CortaditoSon.com.

Who: Cortadito

What: Cuban folk music residency

When: Thursdays in October (4, 11, 18, 25), 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: La Centrale, Brickell City Centre 601 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131

MEDIA CONTACT                                                                                                            
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Cortadito Bar Debuts at Bar Nancy 09.26.18

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Cortadito to Debut at Bar Nancy with a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration October 12

Traditional Cuban folk trio plays Little Havana live music hotspot in celebration of all things Hispanic

Miami, FL – September 26, 2018 – Bar Nancy is planning to celebrate Hispanic culture by serving up some Cuban Cortadito on October 12, 2018. The Miami-based folk trio will debut at the souwesera craft cocktail tavern located at 2007 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135 during the venue’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The show begins at 10 p.m. and there is no cover;  21 and over are welcome to attend.

“We’re very excited about playing the Nancy for the first time and it couldn’t have been timed better,” says group co-founder Jose Elias. “Our sound is perfect for the location and the occasion, and we are looking forward to delivering an incredible experience for Cuban music fans that night.” Elias is also a producer and the Executive Director for the non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture.

Founded in 2011, Cortadito has already played its share of parties, lounges, bars, and festivals. Most recently, the group backed legendary Buena Vista Social Club member Eliades Ochoa at the Los Dells Festival in Wisconsin, the first major Latin music festival in the Midwest, and soon to be the largest such festival in North America. They also accompanied him and wolrd renowned percussionist Sammy Figueroa at this year’s GroundUp Music Festival on Miami Beach in February.

This fall, the group will once again team up with co-founder Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet for the debut of their second EP release titled Canciones de Julio, which features five original compositions written by Julio Cesar, including the classic “Casa de la Trova”, penned by his father Julio Rodriguez. The band is currently enjoying a weekly Thursday night residency at La Centrale Italian Food Hall in the Brickell City Center.

The décor at Bar Nancy is colonial-era nautical, and once inside, one gets the sense of being below deck and in the galley of a ship. Wood-lined walls, and wooden tables and chairs lend a natural essence to the place. Nancy’s sizable selection of draft and canned beers, as well as specialty cocktails set it apart from other Little Havana watering holes. The bar also showcases a monthly “songwriters in the round” night hosted by Juan Turros, as well as a daily happy hour 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about the venue, navigate to www.nancy305.com or call 305-397-8971. For more on the band, please visit www.cortaditoson.com.

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ABOUT CORTADITO

Cortadito’s focus is on performing the traditional Cuban music of the early 20th century. From Son MontunoGuarachaBolerosNengon, and Bolero Son, this dynamic ensemble brings the listener back to a time when Trio Matamoros, or Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world. The era when popular music was Cuban Music and Son Montuno was influencing music throughout the globe. From time to time, Cortadito is backed by a variety of guest musicians, which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Jose Elias founded the band alongside Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet from Santiago de Cuba in November of 2011 after a 12-year stint with Conjunto Progreso that garnered him a Grammy nomination for his participation in the album Masters of Cuban Son. The duo was an instant success and were invited to perform at the Fingerlakes Grassroots festival in Trumansberg, NY. They released their first CD titled Abriendo Caminos in 2012, which featured one original composition by each of the artists “Delicias Caribeña” (Elias) and “Te Lo Perdiste” (Delet).

In 2013, Julio Cesar moved to Houston, Texas and was replaced by Humberto Upierre from Guanabacoa, Cuba. The group then expanded into a trio which included percussionist Andres Polanco Rivas from Holguin, Cuba. In 2015, the group reunited with Julio Cesar to record what would be the songs for their next release, which included the participation of double bass player YorgisGoiricelaya (AlbitaOscar De Leon) from Matanzas, Cuba.

From 2015 to 2017 the group added various musicians to the roster, including the likes Eduardo Saborit on vocals and rhythm guitar from Santiago de Cuba, percussionist Santiago McCookWilfredo Fuentes Cespedes who recorded and toured with Eliades Ochoa, and Horacio Rodriguez, who worked with Orquesta Aragon from 2000 to 2016. Most recently, the group has added double bass player Alberto Pantaleon, who has toured with the Buena Vista Social Club and Eliades Ochoa.

For more information about the band, visit www.cortaditoson.com.

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


Dirty River Reggae Fest at Guanabanas October 7

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Julian Marley Headlines 6th Annual Dirty River Reggae Fest at Guanabanas October 7

Event presented by Roots Music, Inc. features reggae royalty, nationally-touring acts and local faves in an all-day, all-ages free show beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Jupiter, FL – September 20, 2018 – One of South Florida’s most popular roots and reggae festivals returns to Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar for a sixth straight year, this time featuring one of the genre’s most popular and recognizable names, Julian Marley. This event, sponsored by Corona Light, will also feature SOWFLOMoska Project, Artikal Sound System, Spred the Dub, and Roots Shakedown, and will be hosted by LanceO from Kulcha Shok. Free admission and all ages are welcome; Guanabanas is located at960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“We are very stoked to have Julian headline this year’s festival, which will be a treat not just for reggae fans, but fans of music in general,” says Guanabanas’ Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “I’m equally proud to showcase all the other acts in what will surely be our best line up yet.” Cahur heads up Roots Music, the Jupiter-based music management, production and promotions company that organizes the festival. He’s also the lead sound engineer at Guanabanas.

As a son of Bob Marley, Julian is well-known to fans throughout the world. A musician, singer / songwriter and producer, he’s also a humanitarian, contributing to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as youth programs in his native London. He’s been active as a solo artist or in collaboration with his Marley siblings since releasing his 1996 solo debut Lion in the Morning. Ju-Ju, best known for blending reggae with ambient psychedelia, is currently touring the U.S. with the dub / electronica masters Thievery Corporation. Additional information available here: www.julianmarley.com.

SOWFLO are South West Florida’s rock / reggae musical torchbearers. Based in Naples, FL, the band have been crisscrossing the American mid-west this summer, promoting their full-length debut Such is Life and their latest single called “If You’re Lost”. The quintet’s sound is equal parts rock, reggae, acoustic, hip-hop, dub, and surf, mixed in with good vibes and ganja. More details: www.sowflo.com.

Based in Jupiter, Moska Project specializes in Latin reggae / rock. Semi-regular performers at Guanabanas, particularly during the monthly Noche Latinaseries, the band recently released a new single called “Al Viento” (“To the Wind”). The six-piece’s sound is an amalgamation of Latin / reggae / rock artists such as  Oscar de LeonGilberto Santa RosaGipsy KingsGLoveBen HarperThe DoorsCakeFishboneFaith No More, and others. Additional info: www.moskaproject.com.

Artikal Sound System fuses American, Jamaican and Hispanic reggae cultures. They perform nationally and internationally, and have collaborated with artists from the world reggae scene including: The AbbysiniansApple Gabriel of Israel Vibration, and Biggz General, a descendant of Bob Marley. Their latest release is called “Crave You”, and the band regularly performer throughout South and West Florida. More details: www.artikalsoundsystem.com.

South Florida’s Spred the Dub are known as purveyors of “Good Time Reggae”, which essentially combines elements of soul, funk and R&B over a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae. Based in Palm Beach, they are regulars throughout the West Palm and Fort Lauderdale reggae scene. Their latest release is called Friends and Enemies, which is their third release overall. Learn more at www.spredthedub.com.

The roots / reggae / dub / indie quartet Roots Shakedown also call Palm Beach home. Listeners have been captivated by their dynamic live shows and memorable, sun-drenched hooks. The band can be seen at most major college towns and festivals throughout the Sunshine State. To find out more about the group, please visit their website: www.rootsshakedown.com.

The R3 Foundation will be on hand to raise money for a water bottle filling station initiative aimed at local schools. 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; 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 FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry 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.

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