Hialeah Fest Returns to Churchill’s Pub on September 7

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Music festival to again showcase area talent and raise funds for Manos Internacional, a Miami-based global non-profit that funds educational programs

Little Haiti, FL – August 13, 2019 – The City of Progress’ beloved music festival is back after a lengthy absence. Spurned by Chuchill’s Pub mainstay Rat Bastard and timed to coincide with the local music Mecca’s 40th anniversary celebration, event founders and organizers / Hialeah natives Ferny Coipel and Tony Landa (Humbert) decided the time was right to bring Hialeah Fest back. Set to take place on Friday, September 7, 2019, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the event will feature more than 20 bands on three stages, which will again be known as the Jupiña, Materva and Malta Hatuey stages. Cover is $7 and proceeds will go towards the 501(c)3 Manos Internacional, founded by another Hialeah boy made good, John Alvarez.

“Until we pressed pause, Hialeah Fest was the longest-running South Florida music festival,” says Coipel.  “Over the years we had so many people asking time after time ‘When is the fest coming back?’, ‘Is Hialeah Fest happening this year?’, ‘Is it happening this year?’, and it was just on indefinite hiatus. I am glad that we are able to put this back together for the kids of Manos, and the arts community.” Coipel plays keyboards / guitar and is a founding member of Humbert, which is one of the festival’s main acts and has been for years, and I Don’t Know, which anchored the event prior to Humbert forming in 1999.

“We’re only doing this because Rat made us do it,” offers Landa. “He just kept harassing us until we finally agreed to do it. Hialeah Fest existed all those years in part because of Dave Daniels and Churchill’s, and now it will exist at least one more time because of Rat.” Landa plays bass and is also a founding member of Humbert; he is also the bassist for I Don’t Know. In addition, he runs the outstanding local music blog Dig Under Rock, which is dedicated to promoting and documenting local and national music in South Florida, and is Hialeah Fest’s official media sponsor.  

Featured acts include: Afrobeta, Beyond the Boundary, The Brand, Brute, Electric Piquete, Electric Supply Company, H -OM, Humbert, Medina, Nekromaniak, the Nag Champayons Present: Psychedelic Jazz Practice, Stereo JouleDama Vicke, and more to be announced.

Hialeah Fest was founded in 1994, and was an annual occurrence until 2013, when Landa bowed out due to a family health issue. Coipel did not think it was appropriate to carry it on without him. However, this year is a different story. “The climate is right,” he says. “Things have aligned.” 
Manos helps educate children around the world, including Mexico and China; learn more at manosintl.org.

There is a special surprise tribute in the works. Churchills is located at 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call the venue at 305.757.1807.

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Jim Camacho Celebrates Adventures in Songwriting and EP Release August 24

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Each guest artist will perform original music and debut the song co-written on their episode; EP to be available as part of ticket package and for sale

Miami, FL – July 24, 2019 – Adventures in Songwriting is equal parts workshop, talk show, and new music generator. Award-winning singer / songwriter Jim Camacho will showcase all of the artists featured on Season 1 of the web series during a special evening of live music at the Mandelstam Theater in South Miami on Saturday, August 24, 2019, beginning at 8 p.m.  All ages are welcome, and there is free parking available.

“I’m extremely proud of all the fearless creative energy that went into each and every episode, and the new songs that were written,” says Camacho, who conceived AIS as a vehicle to highlight the songwriting side of South Florida; Juan Davila directed the series. “We are pleased to be able to share our creations in a theatrical setting with the wonderful talents of Paul (Tei) from Mad Cat Live steering the ship.” Jim has been busy with his own songwriting over the last few years, bouncing between Miami and Nashville, TN as part of the AbFab publishing company’s stable of writers.

The series explores songwriting through the lens of an informal, sit-down story-telling session, allowing Jim and his guests to uncover the mystery of writing a song. They share stories about their path in music, and what led them to want to become a songwriter. By the end of each episode, Jim and company write a new original song using Camacho’s tried and true “30 minutes or die” hourglass-timed technique, honed during his time with The Goods.

In addition to the house band consisting of the Camacho Brothers and others, plus special guests, the following acts are slated to appear:

  • Jim Camacho
  • Fernando Perdomo
  • Ex Norwegian
  • Elsten Torres
  • Rob Elba
  • Deaf Poets
  • Charlie Pickett

As a special treat for the audience and in the creative spirit of the series, any aspiring or established lyricists, poets or wordsmiths are invited to submit hard copies of their work in an envelope that night. The band will randomly choose one of the entries and write a song on stage during the 15 to 20 minute intermission. The brand new song will be performed at the end of the show.

Tickets are now available online at AdventuresinSongwriting.net and range from $20 to $30, with the Orchestra VIP and Front Row level purchases including a copy of the six-song, Season 1 CD. Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors and military. The Mandelstam Theater is located at 8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

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ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim Camacho is a prolific songwriter, actor, and theatrical composer. His initial foray into writing musicals began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan Cerullo. The 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 productions including Mouse King, which has become a South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying annual sell out performances each year since premiering in 2013.

Camacho co-founded 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 MatthewSweet, among others.

Jim spent part of 2018 writing for artists such as Johnny Reid, Jason Morton and the ChesapeakeSons, and Ana Christina 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. The duo issued the “Marshmallow / Vera” double A side on Record Store Day, 2019.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

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Guanabanas to Host 4th Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash Sunday, July 28

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All-day celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead and its legendary leader to feature six acts

Jupiter, FL – June 26, 2019 – In what has become a popular, annual tradition for Roots Music, Inc. and Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar (960 North Highway A1A Jupiter, FL 33477), the Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash will take place on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Beginning promptly at noon, the event features six incredible bands all celebrating the life and musical spirit of The Grateful Dead leader and his music. This year’s event is being sponsored by Cigar City Brewing Company. It is free and open to the public.

“We are incredibly excited to once again be hosting our Jerry Garcia Bash,” says Guanabanas talent buyer Matt Cahur. “While not all bands on the line up are Jerry or Dead tribute bands, expect everyone to celebrate the music of the era and embellish upon the music that Jerry brought to the table over the years.” There will also be vendors selling jewelry, accessories and Dead merch.

Unlimited Devotion was conceived in Miami on 2012, and is now dually based in the Tampa / St. Petersburg area and the Magic City. UD has played in all three of the previous Guanabanas Jerry tributes and are a very popular throughout the U.S. and especially South Florida. They are not a traditional Grateful Dead tribute band, as they don’t emulate the band’s song book. More so, they interpret it, expressing themselves through improvisation. More info: www.UnlimitedDevotion.com.

Guavatron is one part fruit, one part band, and one part transforming mechanized battle robot from another planet. Based in West Palm Beach, they place an emphasis on improvisation, creating a fresh sound at every show while keeping their roots of dance, rock, electronica, and funk involved. They also are veterans of each of Guanabanas’ Jerry fests. More information about them is available at Guavatron.com.

Spiral Light hails from Delray Beach and features the virtuoso guitar playing of Joni Bottari (formerly of Girl Jerry). A Dead tribute band, they played last year’s Jerry Bash, which served as their Guanabanas debut as well. Their band name comes from the Dead song “Terrapin Station”; they are also influenced by Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan. The quartet often performs throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties, and is available for private parties and events. More information: www.facebook.com/SpiralLightBand.

CBDB is a progressive rock, jam-band from Alabama and their music is spreading from the Southeast across the nation like wildfire. Defining a newfound southern blend of joyous and progressive rock ‘n roll, they channel a sonic mix of soulful vocals and virtuosic musicianship with smart, tasteful songwriting. They have just released their third full-length album called Out of Line, which was recorded at Zac Brown’s legendary Southern Ground Nashville studio. cbdbmusic.com

The Heavy Pets are a funked up rock and roll band from South Florida who are returning to the Jerry Bash after headlining the 2nd annual affair in 2017. Relix Magazine has called them “a living, breathing force of nature”, and they embody this musically by constantly touring the State of Florida and the United States. Previously, they played an all-Dead set they call “Heavy Dead”, and it remains to be seen what they have in store this year. www.TheHeavyPets.com

Formed in 2018 in South Florida, TAND means well-sunned skin and musically represents a fusion of rock, funk and soul. Formed from the ashes of several groups and fused by a mutual love for a dearly departed bandmate (Tripp Gray from Sawgrass Express), the band’s number one priority is for the listener to enjoy their funky-spirited, high-energy, improvisational, dancing rock and roll with heart and soul. Learn more at Tand.Band.

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, bar and live music venue 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 Latin, fresh Florida seafood and traditional Americana fare; an all-new brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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.

The live music venue has hosted some legendary artists in its 10 year history, including the likes of Michael Franti, Julian Marley, Turkuaz, Inner Circle, Third World, and Zach Deputy. Solo artists can be heard Saturday and Sunday mornings during brunch. On Saturday afternoons, a matinee show from 4 to 7 p.m. offers some of the region’s finest musicians.  

More info and the full schedule is available at www.Guanabanas.com.

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Dancehall Legend King Yellowman’s Tour Winds through Guanabanas July 10

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Jamaica’s biggest star not surnamed Marley plays the Jupiter waterfront venue with special guest Reggae Force, presented by the Mashup Reggae brand

Jupiter, FL – June 21, 2019 – Roots Music, Inc. and Mashup Reggae present Jamaica’s very first dancehall superstar King Yellowman live at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar during their weekly BIG WEDNESDAYS night, July 10, 2010. Special guest Reggae Force from Fort Lauderdale will kick off the night at 8 p.m. Show is free, open to those 21 and over. Guanabanas, the award-winning and popular waterfront venue, is located at 960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“Yellowman is credited for assuming the mantle of reggae music when Bob Marley passed away and with taking it to another level,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “We are excited and honored about hosting a figure of his stature at Guanabanas.” Cahur founded Roots Music, Inc. more than 20 years ago and now manages rock and reggae acts, and produces and promotes local and regional concerts. He is also the venue’s lead sound engineer and hospitality master, and is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist to boot.

Born Winston Foster in Negril, Jamaica in 1950, Yellowman overcame the twin hardships of being born an albino and raised at the Maxfield Orphanage in Kingston to lead a prolific recording and touring career as Jamaica’s boastful and cheeky dancehall king. His first major break came in 1979 when he won the Tastee Patties Talent Contest. He began issuing major label and independent releases in the early 80s, spanning into the new millennium. He is best known for the hits “Me Kill Barnie”, “Operation Eradication”, and “Shorties”.

His latter era career has seen him collaborate the producer Philip Burrell, AKA Fatis and release music through the Ras label. Yellowman’s message has become more socially conscious, with tracks like “Stop Beat Woman”, which condemned domestic violence, and “Free Africa”, which spoke out against apartheid.  Although his trademark rapid-fire delivery has slowed a bit, he remains a lyrical force and a dynamic live performer.

Reggae Force is made of up some of South Florida’s best reggae musicians, including one with Wailers pedigree: Junior Jazz on vocals and guitar, Aston Barrett, Jr. (son of bass player “Family Man”) on drums, Alaina Reed on bass, and Peter Pan “Sprangy” Williamson on keys.  They also serve as backing band for Wayne Stoddart & Mystic Soul, and are getting set to release new album featuring their latest single “Ready for the Show!”

Mashup Reggae is a lifestyle media, entertainment and independent apparel brand with a strong focus on the roots of American and international reggae music. Listen live online at www.MashupReggae.com.

For more information about the concert and the venue, visitwww.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.

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ABOUT GUANABANAS

Guanabanas is an open air restaurant, bar and live music venue 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 Latin, fresh Florida seafood and traditional Americana fare; an all-new brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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.

The live music venue has hosted some legendary artists in its 10 year history, including the likes of Michael Franti, Julian Marley, Turkauz, Inner Circle, Third World and Zach Deputy. Solo artists can be heard Saturday and Sunday mornings during brunch. On Saturday afternoons, a matinee show from 4 to 7 p.m. offers some of the region’s finest musicians.  More info and the full schedule is available at www.Guanabanas.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
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786.426.2277


Modern Juice Company Stuart Adds Poke Bowls to the Menu

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Nutritious, health-conscious specialty shop adds four signature items and a DIY option to its bowl, smoothie and juice offerings  
 
Jupiter, FL – June 18, 2019 – Modern Juice Company has already established itself as a brand known for producing cold pressed juices, smoothies, and blended acai bowls in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Now, its Stuart Centre location (2325 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994) is offering an affordably-priced selection of Poke Bowls featuring diced tuna, salmon and a marinated mushroom-tofu mix tossed over a bed of rice or salad greens and loaded with vegetables and spiced with just the right amount of saucing.  
 
“Back in March we partnered with District Table and Bar for a poke pop up. Chef Jason Stocks developed the Poke Bowl menu and hit it out of the park. We ran it for a week and had phenomenal feedback,” says founder Jon Sullivan. “It was a no brainer to bring it back full time.” Sullivan is also the vice-president and general manager of Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar in Jupiter, and part of the group that is developing the TideHouse waterfront dining and live entertainment concept, also in Stuart.
 
The Modern Poke includes ahi tuna, house shoyu, sesame, green onions, pineapple, avocado, seaweed, crispy shallot, Hawaiian sea salt, marinated cucumber, pickled ginger, sushi rice or field greens. The “Pele Bowl” is their take on a spicy tuna Poke Bowl, with the addition of spicy mayo, chile, and  edamame.  The Lomi Lomi Bowl is specifically for salmon lovers, and the Ai Love showcases a flavorful mix of marinated mushrooms and tofu as its main ingredient.
 
The BYOB (build your own bowl) offers patrons the ability to choose their own protein, sauces (two), veggies (four) and toppings (two). Poke is a Hawaiian word for “to slice or cut”, and the bowls have caught on here in the continental United States during the last two years.
 
Offering blended acai bowls like the North Shore (acai, strawberry, apple juice, and banana topped with granola) and the Florida Bowl (acai, orange juice, pineapple, honey topped with granola), juices such as the Beet Beet (beets, apple, carrots, orange) and the Hydration (cucumber, celery, and lemon), and smoothies like Mr. Green Go (kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, apple juice), Modern Juice Company has quickly remained a favorite with locals and those out of the area alike.
 
Modern Juice also operates its maiden location from the Fresh Market Plaza at 287 E Indiantown Rd, JupiterFL 33477. The complete menu, view-able online, is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.
 
For more information, visit www.modernjuiceco.com or call 772.291.2640.
 
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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. 
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 co-sponsoring the annual Guanabanas Island Restaurant 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 began translated its menu to Spanish and Portuguese in 2017, and opened a location in Stuart during the spring of 2018. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Call-ahead orders are welcome, and delivery is available through Bite Squad or Delivery Dudes.
 
To learn more, visit www.modernjuiceco.com, like their page on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter @ModernJuiceCo and @MJCstuart.
 
 
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The Modern Poke Bowl
The Pele Poke Bowl

The 21st Afro Roots Fest Wraps in Key Largo June 29 with a Whole New Twist

Community Arts and Culture presents a celebration of international foods, local craft beers, and a taste of Miami’s music scene at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center 

Key Largo, FL – June 11, 2019 – The 2019 Afro Roots Fest  concludes at Mile Marker 102 in Key Largo on Saturday, June 29, 2019.  For the first time ever, the beloved music festival will team up with local favorite Arthur’s Caribbean Kitchen, who will create a special menu presenting a taste of international cuisines from Africa to the Caribbean. The event will also offer craft beer tastings by South Florida standouts the The TANK Brewing Company and the Florida Keys Brewing Company, in addition to featuring live music by Elastic Bond, JUke, the Nag Champayons, plus the DJ Le Spam VW Bus Experience. The result? An evolving Afro Roots Fest offering deep satisfaction for music fans and foodies alike.

“We are  thrilled to conclude the 21st edition of the festival with the addition of a culinary twist,” says Jose Elias, festival founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “The event will  celebrate the diversity of Miami’s local music scene, with something for fans of all genres, be it Latin funk, rock, blues, or psychedelia.” Elias has organized Afro Roots Fest for 21 years, the last two enjoying multi-county runs, including stops in the Florida Keys.

Also, there will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, plus a Moksha Virtual Reality Gallery curated by the Moksha Arts Collective. The festival will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center (102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037). All ages are welcome. Admission is free, with a $10 suggested donation. 

Free transportation to and from the event aboard the Afro Roots Jam Bus will be available from The TANK Brewing Company (5100 NW 72nd Ave, Bay A-1, Miami, FL 33166).  It will depart at 1:30 p.m. and return by 10 p.m. Seating is limited so those interested must RSVP on the festival Eventbrite page

Nacional Records recording artists Elastic Bond were established in Miami in 2006. Originally a loose studio collaboration between Venezuelan producer-musician Andrés Ponce and Honduran singer-songwriter Sofy Encanto, the band now fuses funk, hip-hop, soul and Latin into a sound self-described as psychedelic tropical soul written and performed in Spanish and English. Their latest release is 2017’s Honey Bun, a collaboration with Grammy-winner Adrian Quesada as co-producer. www.ElasticBond.com 
 
JUke is a four-piece, “post-blues,” hybrid with a high motor and bottomless soul. Spearheaded by frontman / harmonica player / singer Eric Garcia, the band’s content touches on non-traditional subject matter while simultaneously keeping the crowd moving with a smile on their faces. They are jam festival favorites, appearing at events such as WaneeHulaweenAURAMagnolia Fest, and the Orange Blossom Jamboree
 
Miami’s Afro Galactic / Tropidelic funksters the Nag Champayons blend African, Caribbean and North American influences into a unique and extremely danceable sound. Their most recent release is the single and video for “Brazilian LSD”, which served as a follow up to 2015’s masterful Rising Sounds of a Sinking City, a darkly serious and ominous 21-minute environmentally-conscious theme. For more details, visit www.NagChampayons.com.
 
Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam spins all manner of genres, from Miami funk to soul, salsa to world music and everything in between. He has held many high-profile DJ residencies, and spun at countless private and corporate events. Le Spam also records and produces music from his City of Progress Studio in North Miami and leads the Latin Grammy-nominated and nationally and internationally-touring band the Spam Allstars, are one of Miami’s most popular and longest-running bands.
 
The event is being made possible with the generous support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center.
 
High resolution images and videos are available. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.853.8800.

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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.
 
In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces 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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Michael Mut
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Miami’s Electric Piquete Celebrate Cuban Independence Day at Dunedin Brewery Friday, May 17

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Dunedin, FL – May 6, 2019 – Two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” Electric Piquete will return to Dunedin Brewery (937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698) on Friday, May 17, 2019 for a very special Cuban Independence Day celebration. The award-winning Miami banddeftly fuse rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Caribbean, progressive and R&B influences with incendiary results. There is no cover charge, and 21 and over are welcome, and the music begins at 9 p.m.  

Band co-founder and bassist Michael Mut shares: “Cuba shares many historical parallels with Tampa, and May 20 being the 117th anniversary of the day the the island nation declared independence from Spain, what better place to celebrate than the Dunedin Brewery?” The band wrote and released a single called “En La Playa Giron” as a tribute to veterans of the Cuban Bay of Pigs Invasion, and also penned a tribute to Cuban revolutionary hero Jose Marti called “De Cara al Sol“. 

Electric Piquete first debuted at the venue in November 2016. They are currently working in a double-A side to be released digitally and on vinyl. Prior to issuing a live recording in 2018 called “Chunk“, the release a Singles Collection is available digitally and on CD. A video for their single “Cut Me Loose” is streaming on YouTube. The band has played the main stage at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance in North Carolina, as well as several major music festivals in South Florida. The band are becoming more frequent performers on the West Coast of their home state.

As the oldest microbrewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery and their dedicated staff of beer enthusiasts strive to meet the challenge of creating amazing craft brews. Their brews are hand-crafted in small batches, 15 barrels at a time. Much of their production supplies the pub’s on premise taps, while they also ship kegs out to bars and restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. Dunedin Brewery also feature a full culinary menu and tours of their facility. 

Electric Piquete also features co-founder Ed Rosado on drums / vocals, Chris Correoso (guitar), Rich Dixon (trumpet / flugelhorn), Raymond Ayala on congas / cajon / vocals, Charles “Chip” Gardner on keyboards and Robert Smiley (tenor sax). For more information, please visit www.ElectricPiquete.com

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Afro Roots Fest Returns to Islamorada on Memorial Day Weekend

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Community Arts and Culture presents a day of live entertainment at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Sunday, May 26 featuring the Spam Allstars, Grupo Barrio Abajo, Morikeba Kouyate, David Feder, FABI, and Venezonix   

Islamorada, FL – May 7, 2019 – The annual Afro Roots Fest concert series returns to the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Last year, the event drew world music lovers from all over South Florida to the Florida Keys Brewing Company,and enjoyed a day-long run of live music, vendors, and musical workshops. This year, the lineup will feature another eclectic roster with some familiar faces on Sunday, May 26 at 151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036, beginning at 3 p.m. All ages welcome; $10 suggested donation. 

“We’re excited to be back in lovely Islamorada and are especially thankful to our wonderful partners and sponsors, the Florida Keys Brewing Company,” says Jose Elias, festivalfounder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “We look forward to honoring the ultimate sacrifices made by the members of the U.S. Armed forces with a day of incredible music in a stunningly beautiful setting.” Elias will also play the tres and guitar with the Spam Allstars.

A Latin Grammy-nominated and nationally and internationally-touring band, the Spam Allstars are one of Miami’s most popular, well-known, longest-running and accomplished bands. Part Afro-Cuban, part hip-hop, part funk, part electronica, they were founded by musician, producer, and musicologist Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam. The group’s latest recorded effort is called Trans-Oceanic, their sixth full-length released in 2016. Learn more at www.SpamAllstars.com.

Group Barrio Abajo seeks to raise international awareness of the folkloric musical heritage of the Caribbean Colombia by presenting styles such as cumbia, bullerengue, porro, chandé and more than thirty other unparalleled musical rhythms. Globally, their home country is known for cumbia and vallenato, but these are just two parts of their musically diverse heritage. Barrio Abajo performed during the 2018 edition of Afro Roots Fest Islamorada. Learn more about them here: www.facebook.com/GrupoBarrioAbajo.

Kouyate is a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest repeat performer. He is a Kora master and a trained Griot, meaning he captivates audiences with his 20-string, harp-like instrument and maintains a tradition of West African oral history through song. His performances are like beautiful, melodic storytellings. Click https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA to see him in action at the festival’s 2014 incarnation in Little Haiti. 

Feder fuses his background of jazz and classical music with Flamenco folk stylings and a multi-cultural island vibe. His music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs ConsideredWorld Café LivePBS Art LoftNPR’s Folk & Acoustic Music, among other outlets. Feder spent six weeks at the top of the Broadjam World Music Chart with his critically acclaimed album “Black Emerald” and has been featured on All My Children(ABC), Art Loft (PBS), the NBC Good Morning show, National Park Service educational videos, and Florida Everglades documentaries.

FABI is the musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Fabi Patino that blends world-beat with rootsy grooves. Venezonix is the brainchild of Elastic Bond’s co-founder and keyboardist Andres Ponce, a mix of Afro-Venezuelan rhythms with electronic sounds. AGPA DJ Selector will entertain the audience in between live sets.

The events are being made possible with the generous support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company. 

High resolution images and videos are available. For more information, 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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces 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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Afro Roots Fest Debuts in Homestead at the Historic Seminole Theatre April 27

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Award-winning Cuban artist Danay Suarez and Keys-based guitar virtuoso David Feder to perform concert in the heart of the city’s extraordinary, restored district

Homestead, FL – April 7, 2019 – An important premiere such as this calls for a remarkable venue. The Afro Roots Fest will make its debut in the City of Homestead at the historic Seminole Theatre (18 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030) on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with a special presentation of Cuban singer / songwriter Danay Suarez and Islamorada-based guitarist David Feder beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are available online at bit.ly/ARH19. The event is being produced and presented by the Miami-based musical non-profit Community Arts and Culture (CAC).  

“The musical driver of this year’s festival is the celebration of women in world music, and we would be hard-pressed to find anyone better than Danay to represent the vanguard of Afro-Cuban music today,” says Jose Elias, festivalfounder and CAC’s executive director. “We know that audiences will truly enjoy her art and connect with her music, as will they with David’s, who is an exceptional talent on guitar.”

The four-time Grammy-nominated Suarez is a thoughtful, eloquent vocalist who singularly combines soul and hip-hop with reggae and the traditional Cuban styling called son. Her latest offering Palabras Manualesfeatures contributions from Stephen MarleyIdan RaichelRoberto Fonseca and Jason Matthews. A veteran of many major national and international music festivals, Danay won the prestigious La Gaviota de Inspiración award during the 2017 Festival Viňa in Chile.

Feder fuses his background of jazz and classical music with Flamenco folk stylings and a multi-cultural island vibe. His music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs ConsideredWorld Café LivePBS Art LoftNPR’s Folk & Acoustic Music, among other outlets. Feder spent six weeks at the top of the Broadjam World Music Chart with his critically acclaimed album “Black Emerald” and has been featured on All My Children(ABC), Art Loft (PBS), the NBC Good Morning show, National Park Service educational videos, and Florida Everglades documentaries.

Now in its 21st year, the Afro Roots Fest – named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times – is a travelling affair that brings music from the African diaspora and the Caribbean to the masses.

This event is being made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Knight Foundation. For more information, call 786.650.2073 or visit www.AfroRootsFest.com.

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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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com


Higher Vibez Tour Featuring Peter Dante, Beebs and Members of Tunnel Vision Stops at Guanabanas April 18

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Jupiter, FL – April 3, 2019 – Question: what do you get when you combine a Hollywood veteran, a Florida-based funk / soul / ska temptress and two members of a SoCal ska / reggae / surf rock powerhouse? Answer: the Higher Vibez Tour! Peter Dante, Beebs from Beebs and Her Money Makers, and Hayden and Jacob from Tunnel Vision have aligned their creative talents to bring Jupiter music fans an acoustic experience filled with new looks at popular originals, classic sing-alongs, and a charisma that joyfully captivates an audience. Show takes place at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 9 p.m., and is open to those 21 and over.

“This show is a can’t miss / must-see affair,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “Join us for an evening of musical fun and high vibrations.” Cahur founded Roots Music, Inc. more than 20 years ago and now manages rock and reggae acts, and produces and promotes local and regional concerts. The venue’s lead sound engineer, he books all of the musical acts; he’s is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist. Guanabanas, the award-winning and popular waterfront venue, is located at 960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

A West Hartford, CT native, Dante is a frequent collaborator with comedian and filmmaker Adam Sandler. He’s starred in pictures such as Waterboy (1998), Little Nicky (2000), Big Daddy (1999), 50 First Dates (2004), and Mr. Deeds (2002), and appeared on the Larry Sanders Show, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Grandma’s Boy (2006), and Strange Wilderness (2008). His latest film is 2013’s Grown Ups 2. Dante is also a singer / songwriter.  

Based in Orlando, FL, Beebs has been recording and touring with her band The Money Makers since 2010. Since releasing a debut EP Welcome to Bartertown in 2011, they have crisscrossed the States in support of Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, and Five Iron Frenzy, and played all 40 dates of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Her latest full-length release is a solo recording called Eye Shine (2016); last year she issued a single called “Life is Too Short”, which was remixed by the Sabotage Soundsystem.   

Hayden Hansen (guitar / vocals) and Jacob Hernandez (bass) make up two-fifths of the popular Orange County surf / reggae / ska band Tunnel Vision. The boys grew up with instruments in their hands and skateboards under their feet. Surf industry professionals, Hayden and Jacob have worked for Rip Curl and Lost Enterprises. They have released two full-lengths with Tunnel Vision to date, the latest being 2018’s Days Away.

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 Latin, fresh Florida seafood and traditional Americana 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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