The Road to Afro Roots Travels through South Miami February 29

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All ages are welcome to a free evening of Puerto Rican Bomba by Zona de Bomba beginning at 9 p.m.

South Miami, FL – February 18, 2020 – At two years past two decades, Afro Roots Fest shows no signs of slowing down. Similarly, the Road to Afro Roots pre-festival series rolls on in South Miami on Leap Day. The Miami music and arts non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC) continues its 2nd decade plus of concerts on Saturday, February 29, 2020 with a free show at The Tonic (5701 Sunset Dr Suite 194, South Miami, FL 33143) beginning at 9 p.m. Afro Roots Fest, was named “Best Music Festival” in the 2019 Miami New Times “Best of Miami” edition.

Zona De Bomba sources explosive material from the Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba, which runs on the power of only two hard-hitting instruments; percussion and voice. This diverse collective that includes representation from Puerto Rico and Cuba, is led by Charley Rivas,whose goal is to transform the performance of Bomba into one that’s representative of the group’s collective musical experience.

For more details, visit the all-new AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.397.8499; more information is available at the newly redesigned CommunityArtsandCulture.org

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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 has a track record of community collaborations which have earned the support of many other organizations and sponsors, such as the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the non-profit organization La FortunaGuanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar, the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami Beach, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, the Moksha Arts CollectiveMiamiDade College, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, and the Rhythm Foundation. These harmonious relations help CAC fulfill their co-presenting mission to the community.

In 2018, Executive and Artistic Director Jose Elias was recognized by the Knight Foundation as a Knights Art Champion, which allowed him to donate $10,000 to CAC for the production of the 2019 season of events. In 2019, Afro Roots Fest was named “Best Music Festival” by the Miami New Times in weekly’s “Best of Miami” edition. 

For more information, please visitthe brand new website at CommunityArtsandCulture.org.

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Michael Mut
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info@mutcomm.com


The Road to the 22nd Annual Afro Roots Fest Begins at Guanabanas February 8

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All ages are welcome to a free afternoon and evening of world music highlighted by performances by Zona de Bomba, Morikeba Kouyate and the Antilles Music Ensemble beginning at 4 p.m. 

Jupiter, FL – January 28, 2020 – The Miami music and arts non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC) will kick off its 22nd annual series of concerts on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with a free concert in Jupiter at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar beginning at 4 p.m. Afro Roots Fest, the tri-county travelling festival named “Best Music Festival” in the 2019 Miami New Times “Best of Miami” edition, will for a third year in a row start up in Palm Beach County at the award-winning waterfront venue. 

Zona de Bomba sources explosive material from the Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba, which runs on the power of only two hard-hitting instruments; percussion and voice.This diverse collective that includes representation from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, and Venezuela is led by Charley Rivas whose goal is to transform the performance of Bomba into one that’s representative of the group’s collective musical experience.

Kouyate is a seventh-generation Jali (Griot) and has performed professionally for more than thirty years. He plays around the country as a solo artist, enticing audiences young and old with exciting music and engaging stores. He performs in his traditional Mandingo language, providing translation in English. Additionally, Morikeba can translate into French.  

Representing the days of early 20th century Caribbean dance music, and exploring both the diversity and commonality of Caribbean dance music, the Antilles Music Ensemble brings to life a score of traditional songs that have long inspired people  the world over.A creation of guitarist Jose Elias, (Spam AllstarsNag ChampayonsCortadito), the  Antilles Music Ensemble showcases a variety of music from countries such as Martinique, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, and more.

Road to Afro Roots Jupiter
Saturday, February 8, 4 p.m.
Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar – 960 Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477
Acts:
Antilles Music Ensemble 
Morikeba Kouyate
Zona de Bomba

www.Guanabanas.com

For more information, visit the all-new AfroRootsFest.com for updates; more information is available at the newly redesigned CommunityArtsandCulture.org

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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 has a track record of community collaborations which have earned the support of many other organizations and sponsors, such as the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the non-profit organization La FortunaGuanabanas Island Restaurant &Bar, the FloridaDepartment of State’s Division of CulturalAffairs, the City ofMiami Beach, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, the Moksha ArtsCollectiveMiamiDade College, the MonroeCounty Tourist Development Council, and the Rhythm Foundation. These harmoniousrelations help CAC fulfill their co-presenting mission to the community.

In 2018, Executive and Artistic Director Jose Elias was recognized by the KnightFoundation as a Knights Art Champion, which allowed him to donate $10,000 to CAC for the production of the 2019 season of events. In 2019, Afro Roots Fest was named “Best Music Festival” by the Miami New Times in weekly’s “Best of Miami” edition. 

For more information, please visitthe brand new website atCommunityArtsandCulture.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com


Community Arts and Culture Announces 22nd Annual Afro Roots Fest

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Tri-county world music festival adds new venues and areas, runs February 8 through June 6 in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties

Miami, FL – January 21, 2020 – The Miami music and arts non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC) has now released it’s full schedule of Afro Roots Fest events. For a 22nd consecutive year, the series of concerts named “Best Music Festival” in the 2019 Miami New Times “Best of Miami” edition will begin with a free concert in Jupiter at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar on February 8 and wrap in Key Largo on June 6 at the Murray Nelson Center. In between and along the way, new stops in Miami, Doral and South Miami are planned, as is a gem of a collaborative presentation with the Rhythm Foundation on Miami Beach. 

“We are very excited about our new season of performances and look forward to going back to the places where we’ve been recently, as well as forging new relationships,” says festival founder and musical curator, and CAC Executive Director Jose Elias. “We appreciate the support of new partners the Doral Yard and The Tonic Miami, as well as our continuing sponsors.” Elias is also the co-founder and tres player in the Cuban folk group Cortadito and Caribbean traditionalists the Antilles Music Ensemble, two of the festival’s featured performers.

The festival is being generously underwritten by: Guanabanas, the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Department of StateFlorida Keys Tourist Development Council, the Green Parrot, the Ambrosia House, the City of Miami Beach, the Broadmoor HotelNational Endowment for the ArtsAfropop WorldwideFlorida Keys Brewing CompanyMorada Way Arts & Cultural DistrictKeys ICE, the Tank Brewing Company, and the Friends of Key Largo. Sponsorship opportunities are available – interested parties can email info@CommunityArtsandCulture.org

The full schedule is as follows:

Road to Afro Roots Jupiter
Saturday, February 8, 4 p.m.
Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar – 960 Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477
Acts:
Antilles Music Ensemble 
Morikeba Kouyate
Zona de Bomba

www.Guanabanas.com 

Road to Afro Roots South Miami
Saturday, February 29, 9 p.m.
The Tonic – 5701 Sunset Dr Suite 194, South Miami, FL 33143
Act: Zona de Bomba
www.TheTonicMiami.com


Road to Afro Roots South Miami
Saturday, April 4, 9 p.m.

The Tonic – 5701 Sunset Dr Suite 194, South Miami, FL 33143
Act: Antilles Music Ensemble 
www.TheTonicMiami.com


Afro Roots Fest Key West
Thursday, April 16, 8 p.m.
The Green Parrot –  601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Act: Tomas Diaz and Friends
www.GreenParrot.com
Friday, April 17, 7 p.m. 
The Key West Theater – 512 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040
Acts: 
Cortadito 
Antilles Music Ensemble
David Feder

www.TheKeyWestTheater.com

Afro Roots Fest Miami Beach
Saturday, April 25, 6 p.m.
North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Acts:
Sinkane
Alsarah and the Nubatones
DJ Le Spam VW Bus Experience 

Tickets: bit.ly/ARFMB2020
www.NorthBeachBandshell.com

Afro Roots Fest Doral
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Doral Yard – 8455 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166
Acts: 
Zona de Bomba
Grupo Barrio Abajo
Venezonix

TheDoralYard.com

Afro Roots Fest Miami  – Closing Party
Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m.
Oak Garden – 791 NW 20th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Acts:
Johnny Dread
Nag Champayons
Tomas Diaz and the Sound Boutique

KulchaShok.com

Afro Roots Fest Islamorada 
Sunday, May 24, 3 p.m.
Florida Keys Brewing Company – 81611 Old Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Acts: 
Electric Kif
Cultivation Reggae
JUke
The Swayzees 

www.FloridaKeysBrewingCo.com

Afro Roots Key Largo
Saturday, June 6, 3 p.m.
Murray Nelson Cultural Center – 102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Acts:
Cortadito 
Tomas Diaz and Sound Boutique
Zona de Bomba
DJ Le Spam VW Bus Experience

bit.ly/ARFKL2020

Check out the all-new AfroRootsFest.com for updates; more information is available at the newly redesigned www.CommunityArtsandCulture.org

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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 has a track record of community collaborations which have earned the support of many other organizations and sponsors, such as the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the non-profit organization La FortunaGuanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar, the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami Beach, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, the Moksha Arts CollectiveMiamiDade College, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, and the Rhythm Foundation. These harmoniousrelations help CAC fulfill their co-presenting mission to the community.

In 2018, Executive and Artistic Director Jose Elias was recognized by the Knight Foundation as a Knights Art Champion, which allowed him to donate $10,000 to CAC for the production of the 2019 season of events. In 2019, Afro Roots Fest was named “Best Music Festival” by the Miami New Times in weekly’s “Best of Miami” edition. 

For more information, please visitthe brand new website atwww.CommunityArtsandCulture.org.

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


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 Saturday, 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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Michael Mut
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786.426.2277


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.
 
MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com



Guanabanas to Host Mishka and the Wheeland Brothers April 11 & 12

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Artists in town for the annual Tortuga Festival to play warm up shows at the Jupiter waterfront bar and restaurant

Jupiter, FL – March 27, 2019 – Held on Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Tortuga Festival is a three-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. Two of those names – Mishka and the Wheeland Brothers – will play separate free shows at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar on April 11 and 12, 2019, respectively. The waterfront venue is located at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477; both performances are open to those 21 and over.

“We’re always stoked about having Mishka rock the stage here at Guanabanas,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “The Wheeland Brothers have made some seriously catchy noise on the touring circuit, enough to garner a vaunted Tortuga date.” Cahur, the lead sound engineer who books all of the live music at Guanabanas, founded Roots Music, Inc. more than 20 years ago. This facilitated the successful management of rock and reggae acts, and production and promotion of local and regional concerts. He is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist.

Though born in Bermuda, Mishka was raised in the Caribbean. His career officially launched with the 1999 release of his self-titled debut. Since then, he has been on both major and independent labels, and his songs have been featured on sound tracks in films and T.V. all over the world. Winner of the iTunes Singer Songwriter of the year award for his digital-only collection of acoustic songs called Guy with a Guitar in 2009. Mishka’s songs have topped the Billboard Magazine Reggae char       t three times, and his sixth release, the independent Roots Fidelity, was issued in 2015.

Southern California siblings Nate and Travis Wheeland grew up in Orange County surfing and jamming, all the while powered by hole-in-the-wall bought Mexican food. They churn out inspiring melodies and honest lyrics combined with fun acoustic beach vibes. Their latest studio effort, Lost in the Key of Sea, released in 2016, has taken the pair on tours across the States with acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Green, and Shwayze.

The Tortuga Music Festival works with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans, and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives. Also scheduled to perform:  Kenny Chesney, Flo Rida, Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Wailers, and others. Learn more atwww.TortugaMusicFestival.com. Both Mishka and the Wheeland Brothers have been featured on Chesney’s Sirius XM music selector program No Shoes Radio.

For more information about the shows and the venue, visitwww.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.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
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786.426.2277


Afro Roots Fest Shifts to Key West, Celebrates Cuba April 18 – 20

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Community Arts and Culture presents a series of events designed to highlight Cuba’s contribution to world music at The Green Parrot and The Studios of Key West, featuring The Spam Allstars, Cortadito, and Electric Piquete 

Key West, FL – March 20, 2019 – As it did for the first time last year, the Afro Roots Fest concert series will head down U.S. 1 for a stop at Mile Marker 0 April 18 through 20, 2019. Afro Roots Key West will serve as a celebration of Cuba’s importance not only to the world of music, but to the Conch Key’s prominent role in the history of Cuba, featuring a music documentary, live music, even cigar-rolling.

The festivities will open Thursday the 18th with Miami Latin-funk band Electric Piquete’s debut at The Green Parrot (601 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040) at 9 p.m. On Friday, April 19, a screening of the documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World at The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040) will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Finally, Cuban folk act Cortadito celebrates Cuba with a performance also at TSKW on Saturday, 8 p.m., and then the Spam Allstars perform at the official closing party at the Green Parrot beginning at 10 p.m.      

“Key West is inextricably woven into the fabric of Cuban colonial history, similar to how African influences are embedded in Cuban music,” says Jose Elias, festival founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “We look forward to celebrating these historical and musical parallels at some of the island’s premiere spots in The Studios of Key West and the Green Parrot.” Elias is Cortadito’s co-founder and tres player, and also performs with the Spam Allstars.

Electric Piquete is best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards. A powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys / congas rhythm section sets the groove for a fiery horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. Named “Best Latin Band” by the Miami New Times in 2009 and 2015, the band 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. They will be joined by special guest Tomas Diaz on vocals and percussion. Show is free and open to 21 and over. Learn more at www.ElectricPiquete.com.  

Directed by CynthiaBiestek and RubenGomez, the 2018 musical documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World follows the path of a poor country musician from Eastern Cuba who rises to the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music to the whole world, along the way finding success as a member of the legendary Cuban group the Buena Vista Social Club. $10 tickets to the screening at The Studios of Key West are available online here, followed by a Q&A with Biestek and a reception.

Cortadito specializes in performing Cuban music from the early 20th century, transporting listeners to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world.  The band, who recently released a new EP of music called Canciones de Julio, faithfully performs standards in the traditional stylings called Son MontunoGuarachaBoleroNengon, and Bolero Son. In 2018, Cortadito served as the backing band for the Buena Vista Social Club legend Ochoa himself. Learn more at www.CortaditoSon.com. Get tickets to their event, which also includes a complimentary traditional Cuban rum drink called a mojito, plus cigar-rollers here: bit.ly/ARKW19.  

The Spam Allstars are not only one of Miami’s most popular, well-known, and longest-running and accomplished bands, but they have been nominated for a Latin Grammy and toured nationally. 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 release is their sixth full-length called Trans-Oceanic (2016). Learn more at www.SpamAllstars.com; 21 and over welcome to their show at Green Parrot.

The events are being made possible with the support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, the Ambrosia Key West, The Studios of Key West, and The Green Parrot.

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

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
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com


Ball & Chain Fest 2018 Coming Labor Day Weekend

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL BALL & CHAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Ball & Chain to Celebrate 83 Years with Three Day Music Festival Featuring Over 100 Musicians

WHO:              Ball & Chain, Calle Ocho’s most famous live music hotspot is thrilled to announce their fourth annual music festival in honor of the venue’s 83rd anniversary this Labor Day Weekend, August 31- September 2, 2018.  The historical Little Havana landmark originally opened its doors in September 1935 as a booming live jazz bar which lasted through the 1950s.  The throwback speakeasy reopened in September 2014 with an authentic but retro Cuban flare meticulously redecorated in iconic 1950s Miami style under new ownership by Ben Bush, Zack Bush and Bill Fuller.

WHAT:             This marks the fourth annual three-day music-driven event created to not only celebrate the venue’s birthday, but also to showcase their dedication to the live music scene in South Florida and support of local artists. Guests can expect to hear a variety of music genres from jazz to Latin pop to Afro-Cuban funk. The live shows will begin on Friday and continue through Saturday and Sunday, where from 12PM to 3AM over 100 critically-acclaimed musicians and DJs will be jamming out on the Pineapple Stage.

Featured bands will include:

  • PALO!
  • Zarabanda
  • Marlow Rosado
  • Elastic Bond
  • Lucy Grau
  • TimbaLive
  • Sonlokos
  • Pepe Montes Conjunto
  • Soulpax
  • Tiempo Libre
  • Lauren Henderson
  • Lemon City Trio
  • VLADE DIVAK
  • Suénalo
  • Conjunto Progreso
  • Leslie Cartaya
  • Art Official
  • Aaron Lebos Reality
  • Gene Paul Band
  • Jahzel

An exclusive music festival menu will be available featuring a festive mix of craft cocktails, drink specials and bar bites. All attending guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles. Table reservations should be made in advance, please contact info@ballandchainmiami.com.

For additional information about Ball & Chain, please visit www.ballandchainmiami.com

This is event is free and open to the public.

WHERE:           Ball & Chain 1513 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

WHEN:              Friday, August 31, 2018 through Sunday September 2, 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Cheryl Kate Hohweiler

Trinity Group PR

cheryl@trinitygrouppr.com

 

Michael Mut

Mut Communications

info@mutcomm.com

786.426.2277

 

About Ball & Chain:

Ball & Chain is a historic and world famous live music venue located at 1513 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135, in the center of Little Havana. The retro jazz bar on Calle Ocho was reborn in September 2014 as a live music venue with an authentic Cuban flare and meticulously redecorated in iconic 1950s Miami style by new ownership Ben Bush, Zack Bush and Bill Fuller.   Before the area became a harbor for Cuban refugees, the bar “On the Trail” (Tamiami Trail) from the mid-1930s to late 1950s was a popular late-night stomping ground for many of the world’s most famous jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker.  The revived entertainment venue has reclaimed its reputation as a power player in Miami’s nightlife scene with a 3,000 square-foot interior and a 3,500 square-foot patio both outfitted for live music. The music scene at Ball & Chain infuses contemporary sounds with old school jazz and salsa. The venue features live music daily. The iconic bar features a top shelf and premium liquor bar, signature and special craft cocktails, as well as a Cuban inspired tapas menu.  Ball & Chain is open from 12PM to 12AM from Monday through Wednesday, 12PM to 3AM Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 11AM to 12AM on Sundays.  Happy Hour is Monday through Sunday starting at 4PM to 7PM featuring two for one specialty cocktails.  For additional info please visit www.ballandchainmiami.com.

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Afro Roots Fest Moves to Key Largo June 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Afro Roots Fest’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Concludes in Key Largo on June 2nd

Concert at Murray Nelson Center near mile marker 102 to feature diverse array of four local and international world music acts

Key Largo, FL – May 16, 2018 – Following three days of events in Key West, the 20th Afro Roots World Music Festival travels back up U.S. 1 to the Murray Nelson Center (102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037) for it’s final concert Saturday, June 2, 2018. Live acts will include Sanba Zao(Haiti), Toto Omana (Congo), Los Herederos (Cuba) and the 305 Street Band (Miami). Tickets – available online at http://bit.ly/ARWMFKL – are $20, children 12 and under are free, and seniors, students and military personnel with ID are $10. Please note that the full price will be charged without ID at the door. The event runs 3 to 11 p.m.

“It’s been an amazing six-month celebration and we are excited about our final event in Key Largo,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “Sanba Zao is a dynamic performer and it’s only fitting that he closes our show in Key Largo, being that he headlined our first show back in January in Jupiter.” Elias is a guitarist with the Spam Allstars, and plays the tres in his group Cortadito. He is also a producer and Grammy nominated musician and recording artist.

Born Louis Lesly Marcelin, Sanba Zao is a master drummer and Haitian roots music legend. He is also a professor at L’Ecole National des Arts, Haiti’s national arts school, and has devoted his life to teaching and promoting the culture and music of Haiti. Marcelin runs an elementary school called the Bazilo Ecole Communautairei, which was one of the first to reopen after the 2010 earthquake that devastated his home country. Sanba Zao has also sings and tours with Lakou Mizik, and performed with other Haitian groups such as Group SaFoula Jazz, and Djakata.

Toto Omana is a singer / songwriter / guitarist from Kinshasa, Republic of Congo. Influenced by Franco and OK Jazz, his music combines African Soukous  with American R&B, funk, and soul. Toto speaks more than 12 languages, and sings in Swahili, Mandingo, English, Spanish, and French. Toto appeared as a guest on the Grammy-nominated group, Conjunto Progreso’s record Master Sessions Descarga & Son. He’ll release a full-length set on Afro Roots Recordings in 2019, which will be produced by Elias.

Los Herederos, winners of the 2016 Miami New Times award for “Best Latin Band”, are the brainchild of Cuban percussionist and vocalist Philbert Almenteros. They perform in a very stripped down drum and chant format comprised of percussion-heavy rumbaguaguanco, and yambu numbers, which are all deeply rooted Afro-Cuban stylings. Philbert’s great grandmother was one of the founding members of the world-renowned Afro-Cuban folklore group Clave y Guaguanco.

The 305 Street Band are a brass-heavy ensemble probably best known for their on-court performances with the NBA as the Miami HEAT Street Band. They perform pop, Latin, hip-hop, R&B, and everything in between, as well as dance to every song, performing intricate routines and even providing crowd interaction, from sing-a-longs, to limbos. The band is led by David Burgos, a trumpet player and member of another prominent Miami group, Elastic Bond.

In addition to the live music performances, there will also be dance and percussion workshops earlier in the day for all age, as well as arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.

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.

Brought to you by the Monroe County Tourism Development Council, and with the support of the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center and The Tank Brewing Company. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.294.4641.
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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.

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


Electric Piquete Debut at Orange Blossom Festival

MEDIA ALERT

Miami’s Electric Piquete Debut at the Orange Blossom Festival May 18

Miami, FL – May 8, 2018 – Two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” Electric Piquete are set to make their Orange Blossom Jamboree  debut at the festival’s 9th iteration on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 7:10 p.m. on the Citrus Stage. Presented by the Dunedin Brewery, the festival features 60 bands and takes place May 16 – 20, 2018 at the Sertoma Ranch (85 Myers Rd., Brooksville, FL 36402). Tickets are available online by clicking http://bit.ly/2mLVUhj. 

The award-winning Miami band deftly fuse rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Caribbean, progressive and R&B influences with incendiary results. Their latest release is called the Singles Collection is available digitally and on CD. A video for their latest 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 editions of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Fest. Regular performers in and around South Florida, the band are becoming more frequent performers on the West Coast of their home state.

Electric Piquete features co-founder Ed Rosado on drums / vocals, co-founder Michael Mut on bass / 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.

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