Miami-Dade Parks and Target present an unprecedented "All-Stars of Latin Music" concert for free at Tropical Park, March 20
(MIAMI, March 3, 2015) – The 2014-2015 free Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target comes to a close with a grand finale “All Stars” concert on Friday, March 20, 2015, at Tropical Park. The fun, family-oriented concert will showcase a broad sweep of popular Latin music entertainers and musical styles, including salsa, smooth jazz, nostalgic pop, and rock ballads. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and offers open field seating and a dance floor for this special night. Concert-goers are advised to arrive early to find a good vantage point and bring lawn chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. Admission and parking are free for this event. The Noches Tropicales series was founded by Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier D. Souto.
The must see concert includes such Latin music royals as Grammy Award-winning Edwin Bonilla; the legendary Andy Harlow; American Grammy winner Marlow Rosado, who is sponsored by Samsung/T Mobile; and Grammy-nominated Kiki Sanchez.
Also performing are front singers Lucy “La Voz” Grau, Willie Panama the “King of Salsa Rap” , Luis “Jibarito” de Jesus, Miami’s own “Siren of Salsa” Elaine Hernandez, and Javier Merino, Jr.; and musicians Daniel Berroa, Robert Heredia, Pete Francis, and Rainier Guerra.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. Please be advised that Noches Tropicales concert performers are subject to change. In the event of rain, concerts may be cancelled. For more information on Noches Tropicales call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812.
Bonilla is among the world’s top percussionists, songwriters and producers. The album “Homenaje a Los Rumberos” was nominated for two Latin Grammys (Best Salsa Album/Best Recording) and a Grammy (Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album). “Edwin y Su Son,” “Soy La Candela” and “Pa’ La Calle” are among his critically acclaimed singles.
Harlow is a former member of the famed Fania All-Stars salsa band and is known the world-over for his reed and vibes playing. He leads the Charanga Time Band in playing “Charanga-style” salsa music, a tantalizing mix of spicy Latin rhythms. Hit singles: “Tin Tin Deo,” “La Loteria” and “Calle Ocho.”
Rosado has more than two decades of experience as a pianist, music composer and producer, collaborating with such Latin music greats as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jr., Tito Nieves, Selena, and Marc Anthony. His album "Retro," won an American Grammy in the category of “Best Tropical Album” in 2013.
Sanchez is Musical Director for the show. A gifted Peruvian-born jazz pianist and arranger, he has studied with jazz piano greats such as Jim Gasior, Mike Gerber and Mike Orta. He has performed and arranged for two Grammy-nominated albums: “Blown Away” (Best Instrumental Album) and “La Onda Latina” (Best Traditional Tropical Album). His collaborations have included numerous projects with Grammy-winner producer Glen Kolotkin.
Miami-Dade Parks kicked off its free Noches Tropicales 2014-2015 concert season with a star-studded Latin Gala concert at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) on October 17. The Gala concert was led by American Grammy Award-winning music sensation Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña band. The gala event was sponsored by Target, the Knight Foundation, Samsung Galaxy, Bacardi, Publix Sabor, Coca-Cola, and T-Mobile.
Noches Tropicales is 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 ninth year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than 32 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 since its inception in 2005.
Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Gala concert are also available with net proceeds supporting the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, a 501(c)3 established to support Miami-Dade Parks and its programming, including cultural initiatives, recreation programs, parks facilities improvements, and preservation of parks and green space www.liveaparklife.org. For more information on sponsorship, call 305-755-7920.
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 active older adults 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 Miami 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.