(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime invite the community to experience the vibrant music and culture of Haiti as they host afree, live concert on Friday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Park, featuring the legendary Magnum Band. It's all part of the season's expanded free Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concert series presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Admission and parking are free for this event.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for residents and their children to enjoy a memorable family night out in their neighborhood park, as well as a rich cultural experience with these amazing musicians from our Haitian musical community," said Commissioner Monestime.
Magnum Band was formed in 1976, by the Haitian-born Pasquet brothers André "Dadou" and Claude "Tico"; and has been touted as one of the most diverse, enthralling and longest-running bands by the Haitian music industry. The band is legendary for creating a unique style of Konpa music (the African-based music of Haiti); blending socially conscious lyrics and elements of their Haitian roots and Caribbean culture with a twist of jazz, pop, and soul-filled rhythms. Some of Magnum Band's most popular songs include "Paka Pala," "Ashadei," "Fierte," "Moun Sa," "Pike Devan," and "Severite."
Dadou is Magnum's esteemed bandleader, vocalist, song-writer, and guitarist; who many refer to as "Haiti's Six String Ambassador." His elder brother Tico is the band's "drummer extraordinaire," and has been called the "best drummer and percussionist in the history of Konpa music."
Magnum Band has performed in some of the most sought after international concert venues, such as Le Zenith arena in Paris, France, and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the entertainment for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. That same year, the Haitian Music Industry honored Magnum Band with the distinction of "best music group" and their album La Seule Difference as "best album."
Now in its 36th year, Magnum Band continues to deliver high energy musical performances and unparalleled Konpa rhythms that celebrate the enduring depth and popularity of Haitian music and culture. The band has more than 33 albums to its credit, which include its most recent album Rété Avè'm Chéri.
Oak Grove Park is located at 690 N E 159 St., Miami. 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 the Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concert featuring Magnum Band at Oak Grove Park, call the Office of Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime, 305-694-2779. For information about future concerts in the 2012-2013 Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concert season, call 305-271-0812, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.
The Noches Tropicales 2012-2013 concert season spotlights an array of music artists and musical genres. The season kicked off on October 19th with a tropical and salsa music night at Tropical Park featuring singer Elaine Hernandez. Subsequent Noches Tropicales concerts sponsored by Target at Tropical Park will include Grammy-nominated Latin music sensation Edwin Bonilla on Dec. 7; Spanish Pop balladeer Amaury Gutierrez on Feb. 8; and Merengue artist Tony Swing on April 5.
Additional concerts sponsored by the Knight Foundation will be held at Country Village Park on Jan. 18 and Goulds Park on March 1. The artists will soon be announced.
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.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
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 County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 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 visit Miami-Dade County 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.
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