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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Michael Mut
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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

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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.

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Michael Mut
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Third Wheel Debut at Bar Nancy September 28

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Third Wheel Debut at Bar Nancy September 28

Veteran Miami-based band to play rock and alternative covers at Little Havana live music hot spot

Miami, FL – September  17, 2018 –  Bar Nancy will host cover band ThirdWheel for the first time on Friday, September 28, 2018, beginning at 10 p.m. There is no cover and 21 and over are welcome to attend. Opened in 2017, the Nancy is located at 2007 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33135. The band’s repertoire consists of well-known 70s, 80s, and 90s rock and alternative staples. DJ Jenni Foxx will also be spinning that night.

Founded in 2017, Third Wheel unites a trio of musicians with a long musical history together, featuring guitarist / vocalist Tony Medina, drummer / vocalistMonchy Coruguedo, and bassist / vocalist Michael Mut. Medina and Mut played in the Sony Discos-distributed Pawnshop Drunks in the 2000s, and Coruguedo and Mut have been the Birdman’s Clambake rhythm section since 2014.

Bar Nancy’s décor theme is colonial-era nautical, and once inside, the sense is one is in the galley of a ship. With wood-lined walls, tables and chairs, a natural essence is prevalent. Nancy offers a sizable selection of draft and canned beers, as well as specialty cocktails. An outside patio with seating is available. The bar also showcases a monthly “songwriters in the round” night hosted by Juan Turros, as well as a weekly games and trivia night (Mondays).

For more information, please visit https://nancy305.com, call 305-397-8971, or navigate to the venue’s social media pages (Facebook / Instagram).

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Clambake Bar Nancy Debut 8/31

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Birdman’s Clambake to Debut at Bar Nancy August 31

 

Miami, FL – August 13, 2018 – The band best known for their track “Oye Mamacita” will make their debut at Bar Nancy, the Little Havana craft cocktail and live music venue, on Friday, August 31, 2018, beginning at 10 p.m. The rock and blues trio is led by founder and lead guitarist / vocalist Sean “Birdman” Gould, who is also Bar Nancy’s lead sound engineer. Opened in 2017, the Nancy is located at 2007 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33135. There is no cover; 21 and over are welcome to attend.

Birdman’s Clambake features virtuoso guitar playing backed by a powerful rhythm section. They serve up just the right amount of ballsy blues with classic rock and a side of kitsch. The band’s repertoire, often fluidly ordered on the fly by Gould, ranges from 50s staples to classics from the 60s and 70s. They also feature a good number of originals including the aforementioned 2000 ode to the ladies of Hialeah and “Beer, Biscuits and Gravy,” filmed at the now-closed Tobacco Road’s upstairs cabaret. The band also features Monchy Corugedo on drums and special guest Michael Mut on bass.

The vibe of the place is colonial-era nautical, and once inside, the sense is one is in the galley of a ship. With wood-lined walls, tables and chairs, a natural essence is prevalent. Nancy offers a sizable selection of draft and canned beers, as well as specialty cocktails. An outside patio with seating is available. The bar hosts a weekly “JT and the Fro” electropop open mic / jam night led by Juan Turros and Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio,, and a monthly writers in the round series.

For more information, call 305-397-8971 or visit www.nancy305.com.

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Katchafire Return to Guanabanas 6/15

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New Zealand Reggae Roots Outfit Katchafire’s Legacy Tour Stops at Guanabanas June 15

Band celebrates fifth studio album with U.S. tour featuring special guests E.N Young & Imperial Sound plus EarthKry

Jupiter, FL – June 5, 2018 – Katchfire, one of New Zealand’s most popular touring reggae / roots acts, have quickly become a favorite among the genre’s fans stateside. They are celebrating the release of their latest set called Legacy with a seven-state summer tour, bringing them to Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar Friday, June 15, 2018. The venue is located at 960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477). Special guests E.N Young & Imperial Sound and EarthKry open the evening at 7 p.m. No cover, 21 and over welcome.

“Katchafire just lit this place up last time they came through in March of 2017,” says Guanabanas talent buyer Matt Cahur. “We expect another white-hot show and are looking forward to their return.” Cahur founded and runs Roots Music, Inc., a Jupiter-based music promotions company active for two decade plus. He also manages live music bookings at Guanabanas and serves as the venue’s lead sound engineer.

Katchafire formed in 1997 as a Bob Marley Tribute band in Hamilton, Aoteoroa, New Zealand. The all Maori reggae band members include father and lead guitarist Grenville Bell, son / lead singer Logan Bell, and son / drummer / singer / songwriter Jordan Bell. The band has opened for such reggae legends  Damien MarleySteel PulseUB40The WailersSpearhead and others. Staples on the California and Pacific roots scents, Katchafire have performed at Glastonbury, and numerous festivals throughout Europe and Brazil.

The new release, which debuted at #1 on the U.S. iTunes Reggae chart and got as high as #5 on the Amazon Best Seller reggae list, features exciting and fresh messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family. The 12 tracks on this album were recorded in numerous studios around the world, from New Zealand and Australia, to L.A. and Hawaii, to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest. The Legacy cover art is titled “War Canoes of the New Zealand Maori”, created by Hawaiian artist Herb Kane.

Born Ian Allan Young and raised near the U.S. / Mexico border in San Diego, CA, E.N Young began playing the piano at age six. He switched to drums at age 12 as a result of an arm injury, and began performing and touring by age 15. He’s also a studio owner (Imperial Sound Recording Studio) and record producer, having worked on tracks for artists such as GonzoLeilaniWolfgrammTatankaMystic Roots BandClear ConscienceRevivalAnimoInna Vision and Skanks Roots. His latest release Call on Me debuted at #3 on the iTunes reggae chart.

EarthKry hail from Jamaica and feature former Edna Manley College of theVisual & Performing Arts in Kingston students Phillip Mcfarlane (keyboards), drummer Kieron Cunningham, bass guitarist Kamardo Blake and vocalist/guitarist Aldayne Haughton. Inspired by Bob Marley and TheWailersThe BeatlesJohn HoltPeter ToshJacob MillerBlack Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group had cemented a wholesome fusion of roots reggae, souls and rock genres into a fresh but universal sound.

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 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 561.747.8878or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com.

For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah Play Guanabanas May 31

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Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah Celebrate the Release of Joint EP Made in California at Guanabanas May 31

Songwriting partners and former Jah Roots bandmates perform together and with special guests Artikal Sound System

Jupiter, FL – May 21, 2018 – If the popularity of Jah Roots is any indication, the combination of Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah is a winning one. The two reggae solo artists who were once bandmates in the legendary outfit put out several full-lengths together in Jah Roots, and have since collaborated on three other releases. Issued May 20, 2018, the new EP called Made in California also features appearances by Inna Vision and Preston Lee (Ezzrah). Josh and SkilliJah will perform live at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar (960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477) with special guests Artikal Sound System May 31, 2018, beginning at 8 p.m. No cover, 21 and over welcome.

“We usually reserve Thursday nights for special occasions and this certainly is one of them,” says Guanabanas talent buyer Matt Cahur. “Josh and Skillinjah together is pure musical fire – add the guys from Artikal to this explosive combination and we have the makings of a very special night indeed.” Cahur owns and operates Roots Music, Inc., a Jupiter-based, 20+ year music management and promotions company that handles the live music bookings at Guanabanas; he’s also the venue’s lead sound engineer.

Creating reggae music since 2001, Springfield, Missouri-based Josh Heinrichs is not only a successful reggae singer / songwriter, but he’s also a music label head (GanJah Records which he runs along with wife Kaytee), an in-demand touring musician, having toured the entire U.S. multiple times, and hosts is own annual music festival in Springfield called Reggae Fest. Josh has shared the stage with legends such as Ziggy, Stephen, and Damian Marley, George Clinton, The Wailers, 311, Slightly Stoopid and many more. Heinrichs has been featured at California Roots, TX Reggae Fest, Chicago Reggae Fest as well as Wakarusa, Summercamp, Gathering of the Vibes and many others. His release Good Vibes 2016 topped the Billboard Reggae album chart.

Born Kyle Bell in Houston, TX, SkillinJah is also known as Baddaflexx. He became hooked on reggae soon after discovering Peter Tosh’s Equal Rights record at age 11. By the spring of 2000, he had begun performing on the Jamaican dancehall circuit, eventually releasing a single on VP Records. Not long after exiting Jah Roots in 2006, he founded the NYC reggae band 45 Shootout. He’s recorded more than 200 singles and worked with the notable producers Dean Frasier and Donahue Baker. SkillinJah is a regular on the reggae touring circuit from Jamaica to New York to Hawaii.

South Florida-based Artikal Sound System is a multicultural group unites American, Jamaican and Hispanic reggae culture. The perform nationally and internationally and have already collaborated with Redlyte, The Abbysinians, Apple Gabriel of Israel Vibration, and Biggz General, and shared the stage with Pepper, Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Yellowman, Less Than Jake, The Aggrolites, and Jesse Royal. Their last three released have hit the #2 position on Billboard’s Reggae chart.

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

 

 


The Wallflower Gallery Turns 21

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The Wallflower Gallery Celebrates 21-Year Anniversary at Churchills Pub May 27

Event will feature previous showcase formats Songwriters’ SeriesDynamic DuosVoice & Soul and Interactive Improv Jams

Miami, FL – May 9, 2018 – On Sunday, May 27, 2018, The Wallflower Gallerywill celebrate 21 years of creative interaction with a multi-media showcase of art, music, spoken word, dance, comedy, community speakers and lots of fun at Churchills Pub (5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137). The festivities will take place at Churchill’s with a 2 stage showcase. As a courtesy to The Wallflower Gallery’s legacy of all-ages showcases, the venue is allowing parents to bring their kids and attend the event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 18 and over welcome after. Admission $10 and free for kids under 10. Advance tickets are available online by clicking bit.ly/Wallflower21.

“We are working to bring together as many of the musicians, artists, poets, dancers and performers from The Wallflower Gallery’s history as possible,” says the gallery’s creator, designated legacy keeper and local activist Flash. “In addition we will include community speakers from local organizations who were active in The Wallflower Gallery, plus, we are reaching out to former staff and patrons as part of a big family reunion.”

Unlike a typical show, part of the appeal is to make the celebration unique for the artists and audience involved. Each set will include special guests to expand the range of the music, and spoken word artists will join the bands for short pieces to enhance the spontaneity and creativity of the experience. The different formats will layer the performers together and provide a platform for interaction.

There will be a number of reunion performances and the bringing back of some disbanded groups. Flash adds: “with the Interactive Improv Jams, we are combining various performers and sparking inspiration with an experimental flavor. For 13 years, The Wallflower Gallery provided a home in Downtown Miami for artists to develop their craft and enhance their skills. Since the building was torn down in 2010, The Wallflower Gallery has bolstered artists and events through social media and showcase support.”

This event signifies the impact of The Wallflower Gallery beyond the physical building and demonstrates how the essence of collaborative creativity enriches our community and the individuals involved. The all-ages portion of the show will allow families to attend and experience the music, art and performances together before the nighttime activities get more spirited.

Here’s a list of confirmed performers:

Music
Manchild (Reunion Show)
Richard Shepherd
Sweetbone
The Tribe
Carl Ferrari & Friends
Kuyayky
Sundown Sound
Mr Grim Reapa
Michelangelo
Matt Bodi Brenowitz
Tom Schafer
Steve Minotti
Ryan Rachal
Anthony Nelson
Ms Rudy D
Deep Water Willy
Sheik Al Beli

Spoken Word
Alonso
Benjamin Shahoulian
Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns
Heather Kashick
Janet Seitlin
Jahmal Westmoreland-El
Zarifa Muhammad El

Live Art
Anibal Fernandez
Linx

Dance
Elviza

For more information, call 305.579.0069 or visit wallflowergallery.com.

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Afro Roots Key West May 17-19

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Afro Roots Fest Moves to Key West for 20thAnniversary Celebration May 17-19

The Studios of Key West and The Green Parrot host multi-day celebration featuring live music, lectures and workshops

Key West, FL – May 4, 2018 – After an extremely successful and well-received Monroe County debut April 28 at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, the Afro Roots World Music Festival continues down U.S. 1 for a stop in Key West May 17 through 19, 2018. Haiti’s Papaloko and Loray Mistik and Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate will perform at The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040) on Saturday, May 19, 2018, beginning at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/2n1G4PC. The concert will be preceded by a free, family-friendly lecture and workshop to be delivered by Papaloko and Kouyate, also at The Studios of Key West, on Friday, May 18

Born Jude Thegenus in Port Au Prince, Papaloko is also a visual artist, and a voice for social justice and Haitian activism. His paintings are a product falling into a deep meditative state, and then allowing himself to be possessed by a spirit whose purpose is to paint strokes of life onto canvas. He at one point studied to become a Roman Catholic priest, but his artistic journey led him to music with at first the Rara band Koleksyon Kazak, and then with the vodou pop band Loray Mistik. In 1999, Papaloko founded the Jakmel Art Gallery, Cultural Center and Caribbean Backyard, a center for cultural diversity, awareness, positivity and creation in Miami.

Kouyate is a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest veteran, having performed several times, most recently in Miami Beach on April 7. He is a trained Griot, meaning he maintains a tradition of West African oral history through songHis instrument of choice is the Kora, a hand-made 20-string, harp-like work of art which sounds otherworldly, and which he wields powerfully in his melodic storytelling. Click https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA to see him in action at the festival’s 16th edition.

In addition to the concert and the workshop / lecture, Miami Cuban Tomas Diaz will perform at The Green Parrot (601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040) during a free 21 and over kickoff event Thursday, May 17. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Diaz is best known as a member of the Spam Allstars who is now a solo artist. He spent his teenage years captivated by the sounds of rock and roll, dreaming of a life in the United States where he would be able to express himself freely through music. He has collaborated with world-class musicians including, Bruce SpringsteenCelia CruzClarence ClemmonsPhishSnoop DoggChayanne, and Ricky Martin. His latest single is called “Esta en Ti”, which he will likely perform for music fans at The Green Parrot.

“Afro Roots Fest and Monroe County seem to be a great fit,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “We appreciate all the love and support given to our event in Islamorada, and look forward to offering the same sort of musical and cultural exchange and experience to our friends in the Conch Republic.” Elias performed with his Cuban Son Montuno outfit Cortadito and Tropidelic / Afrogalactic funk band the Nag Champayons in Islamorada.

This 20th iteration of the festival, which is curated and by the non-profit organization CAC, features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, and is being held at  venues from Jupiter to Key West. Next up is the conclusion of Afro Roots Fest in Key Largo at the Murray Nelson Centeron June 2 featuring Sanba ZaoToto OmanaLos Herederos and the 305 Street Band.

Made possible with the support of the Monroe County Tourism Development Council, the Ambrosia Key West, The Studios of Key West, and The Green Parrot. For all the latest, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.296.0458.
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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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Michael Mut
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Zach Deputy: Gospel-Ninja-Soul

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Zach Deputy Returns to Guanabanas March 10

Jupiter, FL – March 5, 2018 – Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar live music fan favorite Zach Deputy returns to perform at the award-winning live music venue and eatery Saturday, March 10, 2018, beginning at 9 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.

Deputy is currently on a “Zach Frost out of Hibernation” Tour which has taken him through Florida, Texas, the Midwest, the Northwest, California, and now back to the Sunshine State. He’s still playing in support of Wash It in the Water, his fourth album of sunny, soulful new sounds fusing hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. Zach is a self-described “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul”; his tour will continue into Miami and Key West before hopping to the Caribbean.

“Zach always gets high interest and a high turnout from our loyal music lovers,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “It’s been a while since he’s come through our part of the state, and I am looking forward to his always-captivating and soulful performance.” Cahur, a Jupiter-based guitarist and the head of a music management and promotions company with a successful 20-year record, serves as the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

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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