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For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks Announces Free Concert by World Renowned Latin Music Artist Carlos Oliva at Tropical Park, Sponsored by Target

5th Live Show of the Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights Concert Series

World renowned Latin music artist Carlos Oliva and his band Los Sobrinos del Juez (The Judge's Nephews) are guaranteed to tempt your feet to groove to their bilingual beat when they make their appearance at Tropical Park on Friday, February 8, as part of the free Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target.  The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. and offers a casual, family-style atmosphere with open field seating. Admission and parking are free for this event. 


Born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba, vocalist and percussionist Carlos Oliva arrived in Miami in 1961, where he formed his nine-member band Los Sobrinos del Juez, (The Judge's Nephews), specializing in a new, inter-cultural sound. This fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock became known as "The Miami Sound." 

A prolific international commercial composer, Oliva has produced and directed many other musical groups, including Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and has written more than 100 radio and television jingles.  His musical credits include a coveted Emmy Award for the Univision television campaign song "Pégate al 23", as well as two BMI Latin TV Theme Awards and two La Feria de la Alegria Awards for theme songs that helped to popularize the Latin television shows "Cristina" and "Ocurrio Asi."

Los Sobrinos del Juez is the first band to take their bilingual sound outside of Miami-and to the grand stages of Las Vegas and throughout Latin America and Europe.  In 2004 they released their famous bilingual album Crossing Over--which included such classic hits as "Vehicle/Tu Carrito", "Rock the Boat/ Muevete", "All Night Long/Toda la Noche" and "Celebration/ Vivo Celebrando." The band's 2007 album Y Seguimos Guarachando is loaded with popular originals such as "El Pescado", "Take it Easy," "Castigame, El Diluvio Universal," "Con El Bolsillo Pelao, Panfilo," "Panfilo and Vete Pa Tu Casa."  Their latest album Caribbean Dance won a Gold Record Award and sold over 250,000 copies.  Oliva and his band continue to create, record, and perform all over the world.

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. Concert performers are subject to change. For more information on Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concerts, call 305-271-0812, or visit

There are two remaining concerts for the Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights 2012-2013 concert season:

March 1 - Velvet Rope (Goulds Park), sponsored by the Knight Foundation
April 5 - Tony Swing (Tropical Park), sponsored by Target


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 about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

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 on the Parks Foundation, please visit

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