(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- If you crave live tropical and salsa music, and long for a fun, family night out that's easy on the wallet, then you won't want to miss the free tropical and salsa music night at Tropical Park on Friday, October 19th, led by Miami's own "Siren of the Salsa" Elaine Hernandez. All ages are invited to kick up their heels on the dance floor and make it a picnic under the stars. It's all part of the season's free Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target. Admission and parking are free for this event. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.
Hernandez, a Cuban-born singer/songwriter is known for her amazing vocals, heartfelt lyrics and hypnotizing stage presence. She can sing a bolero, a guaguancó or timba and it will become a whole new sound, as she infuses her own unique rhythm, soul and style into each and every song she sings.
Hernandez has performed in some of the most popular Latin nightclubs and concert venues across the United States and Mexico, such as the Conga Room, Copa Cabana (Los Angeles), Roccacapulco (San Francisco), Casa Larios, Cafe Nostalgia (Miami), Teatro Blanquita and El Soccallo (Mexico). In 2009 she won the first People's Idol competition at Miami's Calle Ocho Festival and was nominated for EL Idolo del Pueblo (Latin American Idol). That same year, Hernandez released her first album Rompiendo el Mito, which includes such ballads as Hold Me-Show Me, Mil Primiveras, and Homenage a Celia--a tribute to the "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz.
Hernandez currently performs with her own band Elaine y su Cubaney under Albert Torres Production/Management and has collaborated with other bands such as Cuba LA, Blue Harmony, Son y Clave, and JazzDamme.
The Noches Tropicales 2012-2013 concert season will feature an array of music artists and musical genres that will soon be announced. Target will sponsor the Noches Tropicales concerts at Tropical Park on Dec. 7, Feb. 8 and April 5. The season includes a new "Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights" concert series sponsored by the Knight Foundation, offering an expanded concert line-up at these venues/dates: Oak Grove Park, Nov. 9; Country Village Park, Jan. 18; and Goulds Park, March 1.
In September Miami-Dade Parks kicked off its free "Noches Tropicales" 2012/2013 concert season with a Latin Jazz gala at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium that featured Grammy award-winning and nominated artists Joan Cartwright, Nicole Yarling, Carlos Averhoff, Kiki Sanchez, Elaine Hernandez, Andy Harlow, Niki Orta, Reinier Guerra, and Daniel Berroa. The gala and the expanded concert line-up was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand the Noches Tropicales concert series from its home base at Tropical Park to other venues throughout the County.
The 2012-2013 Noches Tropicales concert series also received a $75,000 grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). The grant is part of Target's ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target's long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage. To date Target has provided more than $300,000 in cultural grant funds in support of Noches Tropicales.
Now in its seventh year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than 20 evening concerts at Tropical Park that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian Jazz, and a Spanish-language version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. More than 40,000 patrons have attended Noches Tropicales concerts over the years.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. Noches Tropicales concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket, chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. In the event of rain concerts may be cancelled. For more information on Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concerts, call 305-271-0812, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.
About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, 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 260 parks and 12,825 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 more information visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 3-1-1.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information visit the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.
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