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Free concert by Miami's Grammy nominated "Conjunto Progreso" at Tropical Park, April 1

Miami-Dade Parks and Target present the last concert of the 2015-2016 Noches Tropicales concert series

MIAMI (March 16, 2016)

Miami’s own Grammy nominated Conjunto Progreso band is considered one of finest orchestras of its’ kind in the nation, producing an eclectic revival of nostalgic Cuban rhythms infused with modern Latin jazz grooves. The powerhouse band, caps off the 2015-2016 Noches Tropicales concert series at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.  Noches Tropicales is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with Target. It’s going to be a hip-swiveling good time as the band plays an amazing repertoire that includes songs inspired by Latin music legends like Ignacio Piñeiro, Miguelito Matamoros, Compay Segundo, Faustino Orasma, and many others.

In addition to the free concert admission, parking is also free. The concert offers a family-style atmosphere and open field seating, and allows guests to bring along a blanket, lawn chairs and their favorite picnic snacks.  There is also a dance floor, so don’t forget your dancing shoes!  

The Conjunto Progreso band is directed by veteran musician Johnny Aguilo, whose roots stem from Cuban music royalty; his father Cuba’s trumpet legend Rolando “El Ruso”, and grandfather Mario was a famed bassist for Nat King Cole. The band has earned such noteworthy titles as “Cuban Son Masters”, "21st Century Soneros" and "Keepers of the Flame." Their album “Masters of Cuban Son” was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006, in the category of “Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.” They have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Latin music, including Oscar D'leon, Hansel Y Raul, Tiempo Libre, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Enrique, El Gran Combo, Manolin, Albita, Willy Chirino, Palo, and many more. 

Now in its 10th year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier D. Souto and produced by Miami-Dade Parks, brings communities closer together through the presentation of culturally diverse entertainment that is free and enjoyable.  Noches Tropicales has showcased more than 35 evening concerts at Tropical Park that have included everything from traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas to 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.  

For more information on Noches Tropicales, the public can call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-480-1717 or 305-271-0812. Please note that in the event of rain, concerts may be cancelled. 

Sponsorship opportunities for the Noches Tropicales Gala and Concert Series at Tropical Park 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.