7th Annual Virginia Key Grassroots Fest Feb. 21-25

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7th Annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance Returns to Virginia Key Beach Park and the City of Miami February 21-25, 2018

Miami, FL — January 17, 2017 — The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance is pleased to announce the lineup for their 7th annual event taking place February 21 – 25, 2018 at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and throughout the City of Miami.  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, the festival will host camping at the island starting Tuesday and nightly events at different venues around the city of Miami Wednesday through Friday before moving all programming to the island Saturday and Sunday.

Featuring a stellar and diverse array of talent this year’s lineup includes Grassroots favorites Big Mean Sound Machine, Locos Por Juana, Uma Galera and The Blind Spots alongside a large array of Miami-based talent including Elastic Bond, Fabi World Music Experience, Tamboka and Electric Piquete among many others.

“We feel very fortunate and grateful to once again share Grassroots Festival’s values of bringing world music and culture to new audiences while creating environments that inspire creativity and foster community building with the vibrant musical community of Miami,” says festival visionary and long time curator Jordan Puryear. “This year we are excited to partially return the focus to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park with camping all week and by staging the legendary Grassroots Festival Dance Tent to host music all weekend Saturday to Sunday after immersing attendees in the colorful nightlife of Miami during the week.”

Along with music, the festival also showcases non-profit political, social and environmental activist organizations along with wellness workshops, yoga and beach activities on Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets and more information head to virginiakeygrassrootsfest.com.

VIRGINIA KEY GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL LINEUP

 

Big Mean Sound Machine
Locos Por Juana
Uma Galera
Bella’s Bartok
Elastic Bond
Cortadito
Fabi World Music Experience
Ephniko
Tamboka
Electric Piquete
Lobo Marino
Nag Champayons
Afrobeta
JUke
The Blind Spots
Medicine Hat Band
Tenzin Chopak
Jose Albizo & Soulroots Jazz
Pepe Montes Conjunto

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Hard Rock Café Miami Hosts Bachaco Monthly Reggae Residency

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Hard Rock Café Hosts Bachaco during Monthly Reggae Residency

Miami reggae rock / Latin roots band performs live in downtown Miami each first Wednesday of the month

Miami, FL – May 23, 2017 – Miami-based reggae rock / Latin roots group Bachaco has found a new home in the 305. The Hard Rock Café Miami located at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd, Suite R200, Miami, FL 33132) welcomes each new month with a party called “WednesReggae” featuring the group in an exclusive residency. The next party is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017, beginning at 8 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome.

“It’s a great opportunity and we couldn’t be happier to have been selected by the Hard Rock Café,” says lead singer and band leader Eddy Morillo. “The venue’s vibe is unmatched in Miami and the support we receive from staff and management is amazing.” Coming off of extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, the semi-permanent gig is a welcome refuge from the road. This is Bachaco‘s first residency at a renowned internationally acclaimed music venue.

Bachaco has recorded a follow-up their 2015 full-length release called Sunfire, which spawned three hit singles “Good Morning”, “Sunfire Girl” and “Keep Your Head Up”. “We’re ready to release as of right now, but we’re taking our time looking for the right record company,” says Morillo. The group’s sound is decidedly Miami, but draws from heavily from Jamaican, North American, Latin American and Caribbean influences such as dancehall, ska, rock, hip-hop, dub and Latin reggae.

Bachaco boasts a ten-year track record of writing and recording, in addition to more than 300 live shows throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Last month they headlined wildly successful Brew at the Zoo festival sponsored by the Miami New Times. They are a seasoned, but still extremely vibrant and relevant Latin / Caribbean fusion band.

Learn more about the band at www.BachacoMusic.com.

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ABOUT BACHACO

Formed in 2007, Bachaco has performed more than 300 concerts and festivals from Argentina to Canada sharing the stage with the likes of Stephen Marley and the Marley Brothers, Natiruts from Brazil, Israel Vibration, Toots & TheMaytals, Ozomatli, Cultural Profetica, Gondwana, Los Pericos, LosAmigos Invisibles, WAR, King Chango and more. Bachacho has also showcased during the SXSW and LAMC music conferences with the support of publishing titan BMI. Their music naturally flows in English and Spanish, but the true language Bachaco speaks is the vibe they transmit: High Energy Groove.

Bachaco’s 2012 self-titled debut includes the hit Latin Roots singles  “Jamaican Cumbia,”  “Cumbia Pa’ La Nena” and “Ni Una Lagrima”. They have been featured on many regional, national, and international media outlets throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2015, the band won Budlight’s Buscando Mi Ritmo music reality TV summer series with the infectious Latin dancehall single “Tú” featuring the international telenovela rockstar, Dominican Jose Guillermo Cortines.

For more information, visit www.BachacoMusic.com.

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Celebrate 20 Years of The Wallflower Gallery

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The Wallflower Gallery Celebrates 20 Years at Churchill’s Pub May 13

Miami, FL – April 26, 2017 – Although the original location has been long closed and the building the housed it has been razed, The Wallflower Gallery remains a favorite art space, live music venue and community meeting locale to those who knew it well. On Saturday, May 13, the still-vibrant brand will celebrate 20 years of creative interaction with a multi-media showcase of art, music, spoken word, dance, comedy, community speakers and lots of fun. The festivities will take place at Churchill’s Pub (5501 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127), beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $10; 18 and over are welcome.

The performance arrangements will feature some of The Wallflower Gallery’s previous showcase formats such as the Songwriters’ Series, Dynamic Duos, Voice & Soul and Interactive Improv Jams.

“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 owner and community 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!”

This is not going to be a typical anniversary show, and part of the appeal will be to make it unique for the artists and audience involved. Each set will include special guests to expand the range of the music.  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.

“At the same time, we are initiating some reunion performances and bringing some disbanded groups back together,” Flash continues. “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.

Here is a list of confirmed performers:

Music
Out ofThe Anonymous (reunion show)
Pans Permia
The Oski Foundation
The Slaves Are Mad
Symbiotic Simians
Ana Kanpa (reunion show)
UOM
Carl Ferrari & Friends
Kuyayky
Smurphio
Peter Betan
Mr. Grim Reapa
Richard Shepherd (Traveling from New York!)
Fabio Patino
Moonshyne Brown
Jon Ryczek
Tom Schafer
Sheik Al Reyes
Rene Alvarez
J J Freire
Michelangelo
Ric Zweig (Traveling from New Orleans)
Bryant Del Toro
Andrew Bayuk
Jomo Faulks
Linda Reiling
Mike Sharpe
Anthony Nelson
Deep Water Willy
Hamstir
& more

Comedy
Chasing Tales
& more

Live Art
Luis Valle
Anibal Fernandez
Linx
& more

Dance
Sofia Luna
& more

Community Speakers
Sara Yousuf – Emerge Miami
& more

Memorial Tribute
Mark Schusheim (Wallflower Gallery doorman & spoken word artist)
Leon Banossian (Pale Blue Dot)
& more.

For more information, visit www.WallflowerGallery.com or call 305.579.0069.

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Jim Camacho to Launch New Web Series March 24

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Jim Camacho to Launch New Adventures in Songwriting Web Series March 24

Labor of musical love presents some of his favorite songwriters, ponder the mystery of where songs come from, and create a new song every show

Miami, FL – March 7, 2017Award-winning composer Jim Camacho’s latest musical creation is the brand-new web series called Adventures in Songwriting, which will begin streaming on YouTube and be available as an iTunes podcast beginning March 24. There will be a show the night before the launch to celebrate the new series at the Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St, Miami, FL 33161). Jim will play along with his first guest on the series, the legendary Charlie Pickett. Staying with the songwriting theme, there will be an open mic kicking off the night from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All ages welcome, cover charge is $5.

“The idea of the show is to explore what songwriting is all about and what makes a person want to become a songwriter and express themselves in that way,” says Camacho. “You can say a lot in three minutes, and a great song can reach places that are ineffable. ‘What’s that part all about?’ Those are the kinds of discussions we want to have on this show / podcast. Oh, and write a song by the end of the show as well.”

The host and featured artists will share stories about their path in music, what led them to want to become a songwriter and, how they write. By the end of each episode, Jim and company will create and perform a new original song. Webcast from the artist’s YouTube page located at www.youtube.com/JimCamacho and podcast on iTunes (be sure to subscribe), the series will produce at least one episode per month.

The first episode features the rock legend Pickett, guitarist / vocalist and bandleader of the 80’s outfit Charlie Pickett and the Eggs. Future episodes will highlight punk / rocker Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors / Shark Valley Sisters), and indie songwriters Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand, also known as Ex-Norwegian. Additional artists from Nashville, TN and the UK will be announced soon.

Shot at Camacho’s South Miami home studio, the series is lensed and edited by Juan Davila, a frequent collaborator who produced many of Jim’s latest videos. Those interested in being a part of the open mic on March 23 at the Luna Star Café can email jcopenmic@gmail.com to sign up – slots are limited.

For more information visit, AdventuresinSongwriting.net or call the Luna Star at305.799.7123.

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 2016, Camacho released four singles and videos: “Make It to the Morning Light”, “Ugly / Messenger”, a split single collaboration Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors, Shark Valley Sisters), “How Do You Like Me Now”, and “Big Little World”; the latter two from his reissue Everywhere – Deluxe Edition. Jim is currently putting the finishing touches on a new full-length album for release in 2017, his first full-length since the critically-lauded Beachfront Defeat.
For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Mut
Mut Communications
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Pete Rock Takes vs DJ Premier 3/4

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 Pete Rock Takes on DJ Premier in Exclusive Battle at Sidebar March 4

Legends go head to head beginning at 9 p.m. in the downtown Miami venue, with support from DJs Heron and Selfborn

Miami, FL – February 22, 2017 – Two of the biggest names from the hip-hop and rap production game will be battling it out at Sidebar (337 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33130) on Friday, March 4, 2017. Pete Rock (Ghostface Killah, Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli) will take on DJ Premier (Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Mos Def) in a vinyl skirmish that has only occurred four previous times – once in Japan and three times in the U.S. Tickets are $25 – $45 and available online at bit.ly/PRvsDJP; 21 and over are welcome to the event.

Co-presented by DNA Entertainment and Addictive Affairs, the evening will also feature music by DJs Heron and Selfborn, two of Miami’s top hip-hop selectors. “We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase Pete Rock and DJ Premier, two extremely talented individuals at the top of the any rap list of producers and collaborators,” says Addictive Affairs head DJ Heron. “This rare duel will be one for the ages.” 5 Star Entertainment and Clockwork Music are also supporting the event.

Bronx, NY-native Pete Rock first rose to prominence as one half of a duo with C.L. Smooth in 1991.  After three releases with Smooth, Rock began a solo career and immersed himself in production, working initially with his cousin, the late Heavy D. His production credits span 31 artists also including PublicEnemy, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Monica, Mick Jagger, Madonna, and LadyGaga, and cross five genres (hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop and jazz).

Rock’s latest joints include tracks by J Dilla, De La Soul and Sadat X, as well as a record with Smoke DZA called Don’t Smoke Rocks and one with Smooth called T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You). In the works: Petestrumentals 3 and Soul Survivors 3, plus collaborations with Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Anderson Paak.

Born Chris Martin in Houston, TX, DJ Premier cut his production teeth with Gang Starr’s 1989 debut. He went on to have a hand in some of the most important East Coast rap classics: Illmatic by Nas, Ready to Die from Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt and Black on Both Sides by Mos Def. A multi-instrumentalist who studied computer science at Prairie View A&M, Premier’s recent credits include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, RobbieRobertson and The LOX.

For more information, please visit bit.ly/PRvsDJP or call 786.703.6973.

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GrassRoots Live! Coming February 21

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Tickets for GrassRoots Live! Now Available Online

Donna the Buffalo, Locos Por Juana, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Blind Spots, FABI, Big Mean Sound Machine, Electric Piquete announced as headliners

Virginia Key Beach, FL – January 4, 2017 The sixth installment of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is being billed this year as GrassRoots Live! and is scheduled to take place February 21-28, 2017. The event will not only take place on its traditional Key Biscayne home, but will also feature mainland satellite happenings in Wynwood and Midtown, and on North Beach. Grassroots festival mainstays Donna the Buffalo, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Blind Spots, and Big Mean Sound Machine join Miami’s Locos Por Juana, FABI and Electric Piquete as early headliners announced; more acts are soon to be revealed.

So far, there are official events planned for The Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127), Concrete Beach Social Hall (325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127), Lagniappe House (3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137), and the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141). The full schedule will be released shortly, but tickets to all events and on-site camping are now available online at: http://bit.ly/VKGR2017.

“We’re proud and excited to be back for a 6th year,” says festival organizer and spokesperson Selena Hodom. “I’m looking forward to producing yet another successful winter event and continuing the GrassRoots tradition here in South Florida.”

The organization is looking to get back on track after underwhelming ticket sales for the recent Shakori Hills festival, which was interrupted for a day by a Hurricane Matthews strike on North Carolina in early October or 2016. In spite of the weather, the festival highlighted scores of bands, including a contingent from Miami that included Elastic Bond, Electric Piquete and Cortadito.

The Virginia Key / Greater Miami edition will once again showcase non-profit political, social and environmental activist organizations, and feature on-site camping on Virginia Key, wellness workshops, yoga, and beach activities.

For more information, please visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com or call 305.767.4460.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS

The original Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance began in 1990 as a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, NY.  Encouraged by the success of that night, a decision was made to create an annual festival dedicated to raising money for the fight against AIDS, while supporting arts and education.

With the help of countless volunteers, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally-recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world.  For four days every July, the festival hosts more than 60 performing groups on four stages at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Central New York near the university town of Ithaca.

Twelve years later, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance was launched on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Twice a year, in April and October, thousands of people attend the event to revel in great music, sweat it out on the dance floor, celebrate the arts, and build community.

The site has since become the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the community through music, arts and education.

The festival winters at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. This year’s edition is the sixth incarnation of the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance, featuring local and national acts.

For more information, visit GrassrootsFest.org  or call 607.387.5098.

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Electric Piquete at Blue Martini Brickell on Leap Day

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Electric Piquete Debut at Blue Martini Brickell on Leap Day 2016, 11 p.m.

Hialeah, FL – February 17, 2016 – Electric Piquete, twice named Miami New Times’ “Best Latin Band” (2009 & 2015), will debut at Blue Martini Brickell onMonday, February 29, 2016 at 11 p.m. The band will play two 45-minute sets in the Mary Brickell Village location (900 South Miami Ave, #250, Miami, FL 33130) during an “hospitality night”, where drinks are half off all night for those in the business. Show is free and open to 21 and over; presented by Lokee Entertainment. For more information, call 305.981.2503.

A Latin funk / fusion band from Hialeah best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards, Electric Piquete features a powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys / congas rhythm section that sets the groove for a fiery horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. The group is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz and 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.

Founded by drummer / vocalist Ed Rosado and bassist / vocalist Michael Mut in 2007, Electric Piquete also features members Chris Correoso on guitar and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band’s sound is augmented by special guests including Raymond Ayala on percussion and vocals, Charles Gardner on keyboards, Robert Smiley on tenor sax and flute, and occasionally, Maco Monthervil on vocals and Jose Miranda on trombone.

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

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Electric Piquete Play Virginia Key GrassRoots 2/21 2:45 p.m.

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Electric Piquete Perform at Virginia Key GrassRoots Sunday, 2/21, 2:45 p.m.

Hialeah, FL – February 9, 2016The that has been named Miami New Times’ “Best Latin Band” twice during the last six years will make a return appearance at the 5th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. Electric Piquete will play in the in the Dance Tent; all ages are welcome. Single and multi-day festival and camping passes are available online at bit.ly/VKGRTix2016. 

The festival kicks off February 14 with a special Culture Camp featuring music and dance workshops, yoga, activities for kids and more. This year’s GrassRoots will also feature performances spanning February 18-21 by Donna the Buffalo, Charles Bradley, The Wood Brothers, The Family Stone and more, plus local favorites Spam Allstars, Danay Suarez, Locos Por Juana, Suenalo, Afrobeta, the Nag Champayons, Telekinetic Walrus, and many more on four stages during four days. The event takes place at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park located at 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149.

A Latin funk / fusion band from Hialeah best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards, Electric Piquete features a powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys / congas rhythm section that sets the groove for a fiery horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. The group is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz and 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.

Founded by drummer / vocalist Ed Rosado and bassist / vocalist Michael Mut in 2007, Electric Piquete also features members Chris Correoso on guitar and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band’s sound is augmented by special guests including Raymond Ayala on percussion and vocals, Charles Gardner on keyboards, Robert Smiley on tenor sax and flute, and occasionally, Maco Monthervil on vocals and Jose Miranda on trombone.

For more information, visit www.ElectricPiquete.com or call 786.810.7112.

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Jim Camacho Releases “Please Come Home”

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Jim Camacho Releases “Please Come Home” Single and Video July 28

New song, a lyrical and sonic gem, captures Camacho’s expertise at songwriting and recording

Miami, FL – July 28, 2015 – One of Miami’s premier singer/songwriters Jim Camacho has independently issued a new adult alternative single called “Please Come Home”. An acoustic guitar-driven Americana song co-written by Camacho, Jodi Marr and George Noriega , and co-produced with Fernando Perdomo, the new single reflects a slide towards country music. The production has a timeless feel reminiscent of the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen. The track is now available as a download on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify.

The song was recorded and co-produced by frequent collaborator and L.A.-based musician / multi-instrumentalist Perdomo at his Reseda Ranch Studios and Capitol Studios during Camacho’s spring 2014 tour of the Northwest and West Coast. Camacho sings lead vocals and plays acoustic and bass guitar. Perdomo handles electric, slide and acoustic guitar and organ, in addition to handling production duties.  Jordan Welch is featured on drums and percussion, John Camacho contributes backing vocals and Sharief Hobley, who’s worked with John Legend and Rufus Wainwright, among others, contributes electric guitar parts. The track was mixed by Charles Dye and mastered by Ryan Smith.

The opening lyric “Some call it madness, some call it love,” sets the tone of this romantic song about forgiveness. “Maybe she’ll leave me, it’s what I deserve, or maybe she’ll keep me for better or worse”    – these lines demonstrate a simplicity embedded with barroom wisdom and a relatable story. Jim’s vocal delivery is convincing and impassioned. The slide guitar mimics the pedal steel guitars heard in country-flavored music; they serve to provide a soft bed for the other sounds to lie in and widen the song’s appeal.

The video, directed by Juan Davila and produced by Annie Fernandez, stars local chanteuse Samantha D’Giff and features cameo appearances by Fritz Dorigo (Crease), Ferny Coipel (Humbert) and Alex Ibanez (Price) as Jim’s band. Shot at the now-defunct venue The Stage Miami and at Copiel’s Shack North Annex studio, the video is brilliantly edited and deftly tells the story of the song. It can be viewed on Jim’s YouTube page.

Coming off a well-received, sold-out debut at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center earlier this month, Camacho’s next move is to perform as part of the Mad Cat Theater Company’s production of RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney Friday, July 31 and Saturday August 1, 2015 at the Miami Theater Company. Tickets are available online here: http://bit.ly/MadCatRAM.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim 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 topped 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 a recording contract with Polygram Records and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl JamThe SmithereensCracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.

His solo career has seen him release five collections of songs, including 2005’s Stalker Songs, which earned a Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the song titled “Houdini.” His material garnered “Best Acoustic Performer” (2005) and “Best Album” (2009 for Beachfront Defeat) honors from the Miami New Times. The Broward Palm Beach New Times called Everywhere one of the top albums of 2013.

In addition, Camacho’s music was featured in the Grammy-nominated Tom Dowd & the Language of Music documentary, in National Lampoon’s movie Pledge This, and the documentary Fatboy, which was nominated for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary” accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. His song “I Don’t Need You Anymore” (also from Beachfront Defeat) was featured prominently in the soundtrack for the hit ABC family show Pretty Little Liars. Jim has played at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater and Mirage Hotel, toured with Alicia Keys and John Legend as guitarist and musical director for the solo artist Zascha Moktan.

As a solo artist, he toured the west coast with folk legend Linda Perhacs and played a string of dates in the U.K. in 2014; Jim also laid down tracks at Capitol Records’ vaunted L.A. recording studio for a series of singles. In 2015, Camacho enjoyed a sell-out homecoming show at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

Camacho has also become prolific at writing musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into the realm 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. Next, he co-wrote and scored Guru, which premiered in  Miami, scored Mickey Herman Saves the $#&@ World, which premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center, wrote the book and music for The Cavie Islanders and the Troll and The Guru of Gir.

He has collaborated with Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal on Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat: Tales of Amazing TrickstersBeasts of the Magical World, and The Carnival of Extraordinary Animals – all of which enjoyed runs during the “Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo 2012-2014. Another collaboration with MacNeal, Mouse King, has become a new South Florida holiday tradition and will run for a third consecutive year this December. This year, Camacho premiered Digging for Bones, a musical about a group of time-travelling paleontologists and a friendly T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com, like the Jim Camacho Music page on Facebook and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JimCamacho.

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Majica & Mano Celebrate 10 Years on WDNA

The Baboons Celebrate 10 Years of “Global Gumbo” at WDNA Jazz Gallery June 6

Miami Latin funk band mark 10th anniversary of world music DJs Majica & Mano P. at WDNA on Sat., June 6th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Miami’s 88.9FM WDNA will celebrate the 10th on-air anniversary of the station’s musically adventurous on-air personalities, Majica & Mano P., well-known to South Florida audiences as hosts of the station’s weekly world music radio program Global Gumbo with Majica & Mano P. and as founding members of veteran Latin funk band The Baboons. The station will commemorate the tag-team twosomes’ ten-year musical milestone with a concert by The Baboons on June 6th, 2015 at the WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way, Miami. The DJ duo debuted as hosts of The Latin Jazz Quarter in 2005 and launched their world music show Global Gumbo in January 2012.

“We are thrilled that WDNA is providing us with the opportunity to perform our own music and offer some insight into the many international styles that inspire us as DJs, songwriters and musicians,” said lead vocalist Majica, who co-hosts Global Gumbo with Majica & Mano P with her husband and bandmate onSundays, 4-6pm. “The music that we play on the radio show and that we compose and perform with the band definitely feed each other.”

The Baboons will be showcasing songs from their upcoming recording, Spanglisha musical portrait of modern Miami currently in production at Miami’s Red Door Studio. The opus-in-progress includes 15 all-original songs that blend an array of international influences into a danceable fusion that can only come from Miami. The recording features Majica on vocals and Mano P. on drums, with conguero Miguel Rega, guitarist Isaac Rodriguez, saxophonist Dominick Cama and bassist Michael Mut.

Colombian-born Miami artist Eva Ruiz, who will be exhibiting her artwork in the WDNA Jazz Gallery, will unveil an exuberant original painting commissioned by The Baboons as the CD cover for Spanglish.

The Baboons have been mashing up musical genres in South Florida’s live music scene for 22 years. Known for their danceable blend of Latin funk, world music, jazz and rock & roll, The Baboons have been featured on the Fusion network’s Fusion Live and on PBS’ Music Voyager. The collective has received many honors, including a Florida Jammy Award for Best Worldbeat Band in 1994. In 2000, the band’s debut release Evolution was honored as New Times Miami’s “Best Album of the Past Twelve Months” and in 2001, the band released the follow-up recording Global Gumbo.

Admission is $10 for WDNA members, $15 General Admission. For more info, please call 305.510.3003 or email thebaboons@bellsouth.net. Check out http://thebaboons.com and join our community of friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Link to web-sized band image: https://www.facebook.com/thebaboons.  
What the press has to say about The Baboons:

“The Baboons like to call their music ‘urban tribal Afro-Cuban funk-n-roll,’ but it should really be classified as ‘everything but the kitchen sink.’ From airy rockers worthy of Carlos Santana to percussive jams, their tunes incorporate a number of incongruous sounds that, under their direction and care, are collected into a harmonious whole. The Baboons make unabashedly happy music that is easy to enjoy and difficult to criticize. The quintet, led by singer Majica, has been around for a minute (its last album, Global Gumbo, was released in 2000), so it knows how to move a crowd.” – New Times Miami

“A gem of a band.” – The Miami Herald

“The Baboons are definitively Miami: rife with multiculturality, shirtless and shoeless sand-kicking fun, consistent unpredictability, cramped clutches of hyperactivity…What the tropically topical outfit has been doing for years is generating soul-stirring, ass-shaking music that only a birdbrain would try to pigeonhole.” – The Miami Herald

“Ultra-rhythmic, multicultural, eclectic… One of the city’s most promising acts.” – New Times Miami 

“Defies all categories…notorious…infectiously percussive” – City Link

“Diverse, stirring, and tropical as an August day on Virginia Key, Evolution is pure Miami and pure pleasure.” – New Times Miami, Best of Miami 1999, “Best Album of the Past Twelve Months”

“The ‘boons have released…two CDs, but despite the merits of the recordings, particularly the masterful new release Global Gumbo, it remains their live shows that cream collective musical jeans. All this gifting locals with mad party, half spectacle, half joyful orgy live performances has grown the ‘boons in size and exuberance…” – The Miami Herald

“Reviewers have struggled to classify the music of The Baboons ever since the band premiered a decade ago. ‘Spicy rhythmic gumbo!’ said one. ‘Afro-Cuban funk and roll!’ declared another. ‘Urban-tribal funk,’ one more dribbled. And so on. Would it help if we added, ‘The Baboons are what the Miami Sound Machine would sound like if the Miami Sound Machine didn’t suck?’ Whatever. Look, we all know that there are two forces at work today in American music — the Homogenizers, whose aim is to commodify and Britney-fy everything you listen to, and the Resistance, who, in the pursuit of something new and original, defy the convenience of labels. The Baboons are the percussive commando unit of the Resistance.” – New Times Broward Palm Beach

“They were originally into performance art and experimenting with percussive styles and spoken word poetry, but the Baboons have evolved into masters of reggae, blues, and Cuban funk; added a sexyvocalista; released two CDs; and forged a new genre-busting style of Floridian music.” – New Times Broward Palm Beach

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