Saturday, September 25, 2010

Miami showers can’t stop live music at open-air cultural festival

By Alexandra Figueredo

September 25, 2010

Once the rain clouds passed on Friday night, there was an unending rhythm of live music playing at Viernes Culturales /Cultural Fridays Arts & Culture Festival along SW 8th Street.

Although earlier performances were canceled, the two last musical acts went on as planned at the stage on 15th Avenue in Domino Plaza.

Headlining the night was Cuban timba group Timbalive, which performed several dance songs from its recently released album “From Miami a La Habana.” The 10-piece band consists of timbales, congas, piano/keyboard, trombone, bass and three vocalists. The sole female band member and vocalist Yezi Gonzalez rocked the plaza with her meaty soulful voice with catchy songs “Como Miami no hay na” and “Un poquito pa despues,” among others. This will be one of the group’s last performances in Miami before they begin touring in November according to the group’s website

A mariachi group El Mariachi Cielito Lindo also performed some of the more popular Mexican ballads, inspiring much sing-along to the usual crowd-pleasers such as El Rey and of course Cielito Lindo.

Several galleries, bars and cigar shops on the strip also showcased their own live Latin jazz, salsa, and bongo playing.

For more information on future musical performances at Cultural Fridays, visit

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