(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with Target announces its 2011-2012 Noches Tropicales free concert series, which showcases live performances by renowned and emerging Latin music artists. Held in the beautiful outdoor setting of Tropical Park, the series kicks-off October 21, in tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month, with a salsa dance party that features New York salsa sensations Orquesta La Tradicion with revered multi-instrumentalist Andy Harlow of the legendary Fania All-Stars band. Other Noches Tropicales performers for this series include the Miami-based Cuban timba band Tiempo Libre (December 2), world-acclaimed Puerto-Rican percussionist Edwin Bonilla (February 10), and the eclectic Afro-Cuban rumba ensemble Los Herederos (March 23). There is free admission and parking for all of the concerts. Shows start at 8 p.m.
"The Noches Tropicales concerts allow the entire community to experience and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic music and dance," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. "And with dedicated community partners, such as Target, Miami-Dade Parks continues to provide these quality concerts and arts experiences in its parks."
Now in its sixth year, Noches Tropicales, sponsored by Target and produced by Miami-Dade Parks, has showcased 19 concerts that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian jazz, and a Spanish version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. Noches Tropicales concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket and chairs to better enjoy the festivities. For more information on Miami-Dade Parks' Noches Tropicales concerts at Tropical Park, call 305-271-0812 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.
About the Miami-Dade Parks:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.
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