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For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Target Present a Free Live Concert by Disco Music Sensation Mantrap on Friday, January 17, 2014


(MIAMI, December 20, 2013) - Boogie on over to Country Village Park for a retro disco dance party led by legendary Miami “Open House” band Mantrap. The local band rose to international fame at the start of the disco era in the late ‘70s with their chart-topping single “Disco Lights” and album “Disco Fantasy”. The group will perform live in concert at Country Village Park on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. This live musical performance is part of the season’s expanded Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights free 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 Javier Souto. 

The Mantrap band was formed in the early ‘70s by a group of Miami Senior High School teens who began their music career performing at local dances known as “Open House” events. The band recorded and released their first album Mantrap in 1975, followed by Disco Fantasy in 1977.  In 2009, after a near 30-year hiatus, the group reunited to bring back their popular Miami sound.  Mantrap continues to record and perform at concert venues across South Florida. Their live performances include songs by KC and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, Santana, Malo, and many more. 

Mantrap’s most recent albums, Lost Memories (2010) and Heart and Soul (2012), are the band’s musical memoirs to the Miami “Open House” era.  The group is in the process of recording their next album Emotional Surrender.

Country Village Park is located at 6550 NW 188 Terr., 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. 

Upcoming concerts sponsored by Target will take place at Tropical Park and will include Andy Harlow and Charanga Time (Feb. 14); and Tony Swing (April 4). 

In September, 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).  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.  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. 

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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