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"Miami Big Sound Orchestra" brings an exciting Miami-style Latin jazz party to annual "Stars at the Park Noches Tropicales™" free concert series kick-off

Free concert at 8 p.m., Friday, October 16 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium is being sponsored by Target, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Bacardi and Publix Sabor.

MIAMI (October 05, 2015)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, will kick off its 2015-2016 “Stars at the Park Noches Tropicales™” season with a free Latin Music Gala Concert at 8 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler St., Miami. Performing will be Miami’s own Latin jazz music sensation, the “Miami Big Sound Orchestra” with music director Pete Francis. 

The concert will include “cameo performances” by world acclaimed music artists like multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Billboard winner⁄nominee Pablo Chino Nunez; Carlos Oliva, legendary singer, creator of the Miami Sound, and leader of Miami's legendary band Los Sobrinos Del Juez; and popular South Florida vocal talents Lucy Grau, Javier Merino, Jeff Morales, Andres Buitrado, and LeNard Rutledge.

The night of Latin jazz will be sponsored by Target, Bacardi, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Publix Sabor. The complimentary tickets for the season-opening concert will be available to the public online at the event web page and at the locations listed below.  

Miami-Dade County Auditorium Box Office · 2901 West Flagler St., Miami, 305-547-5414

Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tropical Park Office · 7900 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-226-8315   

Open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  

RAICES Hispanic Cultural Arts Center Office – Miller Drive Park · 5510 SW 94th Ct., Miami, 305-271-0812     

Open Mon. - Fri., 1-6 p.m.                                     

Fans of Miami Big Sound Orchestra know it as “downtown Miami's resident Latin Jazz big band”.  Formed in 2006, the 18-piece band is a collaboration of veteran Miami musicians who have performed and toured with many internationally-acclaimed music artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Tito Nieves, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, and Chaka Khan. Their sound is an eclectic and tantalizing fusion of 21st century big band jazz with funk, soul, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Their powerhouse repertoire includes a number of Latin jazz classics by Ray Barretto, Machito, Willy Rosario, Paquito D'Rivera, Irakere, and Tito Puente; along with originals by Grammy-Award winning producer Chino Nunez, South Florida jazz legend Tom McCormick, and famed Miami bassist/composer Rafael "Cali" Valencia.  Watch them perform here.

The 2015-2016 Stars at the Park Noches Tropicales™ concerts at Tropical Park will be sponsored by Target. The concerts start at 8 p.m., as scheduled: 

• Dec. 4 - American Grammy winner Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña band

• Feb. 12 - Latin Jazz “ALL STARS”, with Music Director Latin Grammy Nominee Jose Negroni

• April 1 - Conjunto Progreso (Salsa Tropical)

Stars at the Park 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 35 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.  

For more information on Stars at the Park Noches Tropicales™, the public can call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-480-1717 or 305-271-0812.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 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.  For more information on sponsorship, call 305-755-7904.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.