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Electric Piquete Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Ball & Chain August 11
Award-winning Latin funk band plays free show in Little Havana featuring special guests
Hialeah, FL – July 18, 2017 – The roots of the band can be traced back to the summer of 2007, when drummer Ed Rosado and bassist Michael Mut first began rehearsing and composing together. The co-founders soon added permanent members Chris Correoso on guitar and Rich Dixon on trumpet / flugelhorn, and surrounded themselves with some of South Florida’s best musical talent. A decade, two EPs, eight singles and countless shows and festival performances later, Electric Piquete is one of the area’s most prominent Latin funk bands.
“It’s amazing to think how far we have come in 10 years, and to realize how much we would still like to accomplish musically,” says Rosado. “The band has been through a number of changes over the last decade, but our love of creating and performing music has remained the same.” Ed also writes and arranges the band’s music, serves as musical director, and plays percussion on studio tracks. He has in the past led his own jazz quintet and co-founded two area fusion groups, Smashing Hammers and Rezidue.
Two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” award-winners, Electric Piquete’s music has been licensed by Lexus, been featured in the Emmy-winning Joe Cardona documentary Miami Boheme, and on an episode of CNNGo. The band is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz, and is spiced with everything in between: funk, fusion, old-school salsa, progressive and R&B. Though mostly instrumental, they feature vocals with three-part harmonies and rapping on several numbers.
The band is currently in the pre-production phase of a brand-new recording. The goal is to release a full-length by the end of 2017 / early 2018, featuring seven or eight original tracks and a jazz / fusion standard, digitally and on vinyl. The bulk of the new material will be new and relatively-new tracks, the rest hold-overs from previous writing sessions. Last summer, they issued the “Singles Collection”, which encapsulated the group’s most recent and noteworthy works.
The band’s sound is currently 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.
They are celebrating the milestone with a free performance at Ball & Chain Friday, August 11, 2017, beginning at 10 p.m. The venue is located at 1513 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135. A more comprehensive and detailed account of the band’s history is available on www.ElectricPiquete.com/blog. For more information, call 786.426.2277.