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For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Target Present a Free Live Concert by Latin Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Actress Luisa Maria G├╝ell on Friday, December 6


(MIAMI, November 21, 2013) - Latin Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Luisa Maria Güell will perform live in concert at Tropical Park on Friday, December 6, 2013. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and admission and parking are free. The Cuban-born Güell is an internationally recognized music artist. She has launched 28 albums to date, many of which have  “gold” status, and has topped Latin Billboard charts with singles like “Caliente”, “Yo no Soy como Ave Mansa”, “Querida Amiga”, and “Ella”.  This is the second of four free family-style concerts in the 2013-2014 Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target.  The Noches Tropicales series was founded by Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier Souto.  

Güell’s most popular recordings are included in her “gold” albums Si Supieras, Será, Quien Será esa Mujer, and Ayer te Ví.  Among her accolades, Güell’s album Una received a 2007 Latin Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Tango Album of the Year”.  She has been touted as the only singer from outside of France to receive the prestigious Edith Piaf Gold Medal. Güell’s film credits include leading roles in The Eco-Paddler (written for her by Arturo Liendo), The Guest (directed by Eduardo Manet), and Mi Decisión (My Decision) - a documentary depicting her life as a Cuban-exile. In the 70s, her first song “Yo no me Vuelvo a Enamorar”, became a number-one radio hit in Latin America, Spain, France, and the Spanish-speaking U.S. 

As a musical performer and one of Cuba’s teen idols in the 1960s, Güell has the versatility to croon in Spanish, French and English, while playing the congas or guitar. She creates her own unique and exciting sound mixing classic Cuban rhythms like danzon/habanera (the popular street vendor chants), guaguanco, and son with fusions of Pop, Rock, Rap, and Reggae. Throughout the years, Güell has performed internationally on some of the most esteemed concert venues, such as the Cervantes Theatre - Malaga, Spain (Malaga International Song Festival); Champs Elysees Theatre – Paris, France (International Chanson Festival); Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán - Bogota, Colombia; Teatro Nacional – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Carnegie Hall - New York City.

Miami-Dade County Parks kicked off its free Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights 2013/2014 concert season with a star-studded Latin Jazz Gala concert at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) on September 20.  The Gala concert was led by 10-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist Edwin Bonilla and his Latin Jazz All-Star Ensemble, and included musical performances by five-time Grammy winning violinist Federico Britos, legendary Cuban flutist Gustavo Cruz and vocalist Lucy Grau. These concerts were made possible by a $100,000 Knight Foundation grant to expand the Noches Tropicales concert series from its home base at Tropical Park to other venues throughout the County and taking on the name of “Tropical Nights”.  The Knight Foundation grant will also fund the upcoming Wyle Fyah concert at Goulds Park (March 7).  

The Noches Tropicales concerts at Tropical Park are made possible by a $75,000 grant from Target. Upcoming concerts at Tropical Park will include Andy Harlow and Charanga Time (Feb. 14); and Tony Swing (April 4).  Target is also sponsoring the Mantrap concert at Country Village Park (January 17).

Noches Tropicales and Tropical Nights are produced each year by Miami-Dade Parks to bring communities closer together through the presentation of culturally diverse entertainment that is free and enjoyable for families.  Now in its eighth year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Senator Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than  30 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 45,000 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. Concert performers are subject to change.

For more information on Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concerts, call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812 or visit Miami-Dade County Parks on the web at www.miamidade.gov/parks. To stay up to date on all future events, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/miamidadeparks; and follow us on Twitter @miamidadeparks. You can also see past events on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/miamidadeparks.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and 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 12,825 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 Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/

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 www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation

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