In a city as diverse as Miami, where the sounds of Latin American and Caribbean countries greet you under every swaying palm tree, it’s no wonder MDC Live Arts kicks off its 23rd season with a carefully curated line-up of phenomenal Latin artists.
On Friday, October 11th at 9:00 p.m. at Grand Central, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts presents OLA Music Fest. OLA is short for Onda LatinoAmericana (Latin American groove) and this musical fête unites noted Latin performers from different corners of the world on one stage during a spectacular evening of live music.
“We are thrilled to enter into yet another season of dynamic, thought-provoking performances designed to inspire audiences and broaden their view of the world,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “OLA Music Fest showcases new and emerging trends and allows Miamians to experience some of the region’s most dynamic new bands.”
In celebration of the emerging Latin music that continues to transform the industry, OLA Music Fest will bring a sonic feast of innovative bands performing electropico, funk, dancehall, hip-hop, cumbia, psychedelic and much more. Dust off your dancing shoes and brace yourself for some serious hip-shaking tunes, mi gente.
Miami’s very own, Elastic Bond, is set to perform at this pioneer event. This four piece band melodically fuses Latin alternative and a twist of soulful pop with a tropical-funk vibe and a healthy dose of urban swagger. The group consists of Venezuelan producer/programmer Andres Ponce, Honduran singer/songwriter Sofy Encanto, Venezuelan trumpet player David “El David” Burgos, and guitarist Buffalo Brown (A.K.A. Plinio Sanchez) of Dominican descent. Their recent album, Real, debuted on iTunes at #1 in the Alternativo & Rock Latino Albums chart. To check out Elastic Bond, a name that gives reference to an atomic physics concept, visit http://www.elasticbond.com.
Another Miami talent, DJ extraordinaire and master of Latin electronica Mr. Pauer, will bring his flavorful recipe of eclectropico, rock and then some to the wheels of steel. The dynamic Venezuelan producer and re-mixer, A.K.A. Toto González, credits his musical influences - Anglo and Spanish rock, afro-beats, electro, boleros, cumbia, American 80s pop, tropical, new wave, salsa, house and merengue. He received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Album” and iTunes Latino “Song of the Week” recognition. Explore Mr. Pauer’s music and learn about his other upcoming shows by visiting http://www.mrpauer.com.
Next up is Puerto Rico’s Los Chinchillos del Caribe, donning handmade lucha libre masks and stirring up some cumbia criolla infused with urban, electro, rock and hip-hop. The group felt Puerto Rico needed to have its own festive cumbia music, similar to many Latin America countries, with danceable beats and thought-provoking lyrics - and Los Chinchillos del Caribe was born in 2009. Like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/loschinchillos.
Peru’s Dengue Dengue Dengue! brings a frenzy of eclectic styles and genres to their sets: cumbia, dub, techno, psychedelic, bass, tropical, you name it. The vibrant and creative duo behind the force, Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, are producers, DJs and graphic designers. During live performances, they team up with Nadia Escalante (A.K.A. VJ Sixta) – one of the first female DJs in Peru and South America - for a full audiovisual explosion. Dengue Dengue Dengue! is working on their second album as we speak and completed a tour across 10 European cities this past summer. Visit their official site: http://denguedenguedengue.com.
Rounding off OLA Music Fest is the band Meridian Brothers. Colombia is well-represented this evening as the ensemble graces the event with experimental Latin, rock and psychedelic sounds. Led by musical maverick/singer/songwriter/guitar player/composer Eblis Álvarez, Meridian Brothers has been active since 1998 and includes Damián Ponce on percussion, Alejandro Forero on keyboards, Camilo Montañez on electronic processes and sound, César Quevedo on bass (who just happens to be a top classical guitarist in Colombia) and María Valencia on the clarinet, saxophone, percussion and synthesizers. The musicians have taken their spellbinding flair to fans in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, Denmark and Holland. Discover the discography, lyrics, videos and all things Meridian Brothers at: http://meridianbrothers.com
OLA Music Fest takes place on Friday, October 11th at 9:00 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. General admission is $25, and $10 for MDC students with valid ID.
To purchase tickets to OLA Music Fest, and learn more about MDC Live Arts’ 23rd season of programming, visit: http://www.mdclivearts.org