By Jessica Sanchez, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On Thursday, November 21st, the City of Miami Beach and Prism Creative Group, are presenting another free cultural event, the ‘Buena Vista Social Club Tribute Night’. The music-filled evening will take place at South Beach’s iconic Lummus Park, at Ocean Drive and 14th Street, from 7PM until 10PM.
Everybody is welcome to bring their own blankets for a moonlit gathering and enjoy Cuban classics from local favorites, rum tastings, Caribbean art vendors, Salsa dancing, and even refreshing Latin cervezas.
Music will be performed by Cortadito, a Miami favorite, which Jose Elias founded alongside Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet from Santiago de Cuba in November of 2011. In June of 2019, the band was named “Best Latin Act” by the Miami New Times in their “Best of Miami” issue.
Jose Elias shared his aim for the evening, “We expect that everyone dances and enjoys a fantastic evening of Cuban music under the stars!” Explaining, “This night is our chance to pay homage to this wonderfully talented group of musical titans and we look forward to once again teaming up with the great people of Prism Creative Group.”
For those who had not heard, the Buena Vista Social Club is an ensemble of Cuban musicians established in 1996 to revive the music of pre-revolutionary Cuba. The were the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary film in 1999, becoming a box office success, grossing $23,002,182 worldwide.
Elias explains, “The Buena Vista Social Club is an influential group because their music is timeless, their sound is the sound of pre-1959 Cuba, the one that everyone longs for and is nostalgic about.”
“The group featured some of the greatest voices and songwriters from that generation, from Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, to our friend and collaborator Eliades Ochoa, and we are honored to keep the tradition alive and to be Miami’s keepers of the Buena Vista Social Club’s flame,” he shared.