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On Saturdays, “La Pachanga” musicians arrive and gather at the patio's lit stage to prepare for the night's Latin musical performance. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Little Havana bar offers Saturday night “La Pachanga” musical event

When Rodolfo Tancredi’s yoga instructor mentioned the bar where she also works, Ball & Chain, he decided to check out the Little Havana establishment on a recent Saturday night. “I go to everything I’m invited to,” said Tancredi, a Venezuelan native, 39. “So I came by to see what was going on.” What Tancredi didn’t know was that he chose ...

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Frangioni

Big dreams come true for Miami students who’ll sing at Phil Collins’ Little Dreams gala

David Frangioni, musical director for the Little Dreams Foundation, mentors the students during one of their weekly lessons in the Photo by Ashlee Nichols. COURTESY OF LITTLE DREAMS FOUNDATION.     By Kathleen Devaney South Florida News Service Read in Miami Herald.   Luisa Maggioni wasn’t born when Billboard hits In The Air Tonight andAnother Day in Paradise were released. ...

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Montaner

Kids with disabilities get special visit from musician Ricardo Montaner.

By Juan Endara South Florida News Service Exclusive   Ricardo Montaner is the founder of La Ventana De Los Cielos, “A Window to Heaven,”  a non-profit organization that aims to promote, advocate and protect the right of children and adolescents with special abilities. The organization, which is located in Homestead, Florida, specializes in physical and intellectual development for those with disabilities by ...

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Alexander Gonzalez, 27, from Hialeah plays the character Oliver in front of the chorus during a performance of Oliver Button is a Sissy, a musical meant to teach kids about bullying, by The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Coral Gables on Feb. 25. (Photo by Chris Curto / Miami Herald)

Miami Gay Chorus performance to highlight bullying

When Raul Morin was 15, he sat in front of the class jock in school, “the wrestler, football player, big, beefy guy,” who bullied him for being gay. “I was the class nerd, the closeted white elephant no one could talk about,” said Morin, now 33. The bully would write the word “fag” on the back of his shirt, in ...

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Lucy Grau performed "Last Dance" for the previous "Noches Tropicales" concert.  (Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation)

Eighth-Annual “Noches Tropicales” concert brings Latin-American music to Tropical Park

On Friday, Cuban-born singer, songwriter and actress, Luisa María Güell, is set to headline the second concert of the free, annual, four-part “Noches Tropicales” concert series, presented by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department The 2013/2014 “Noches Tropicales” concert season kicked off in September, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, with a Latin Jazz gala starring 10-time Grammy award-winner, ...

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studio

Singer, Songwriter Dedicates Song to Deceased Friend

Singer and songwriter Joy Altman dedicates her latest song, titled “Eternal Friend,” to her best friend, Robin Kessler, who passed away in a scuba diving accident in 2012.  Video by Jethro Decimus and Vanessa Rodriguez / South Florida News Service.       By Jethro Decimus and Vanessa Rodriguez  South Florida News Service      

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Michael Martinez, guitar, Jorge Barrueco, drums, and Patrick Lopez, bass, play at the Aug. 3 Rock Religion summer series show in Sunset Place. The band announced during the show that they were selected as one of the 12 bands to participate in the first Rock Religion Battle of the Bands. (Photo by Silvia Rodriguez / South Florida News Service)

Teen Rock Bands Find Support In Rock Religion Community

When brothers Anthony Maestu, 17, and Dean Maestu, 15, noticed that their band, Soundglass, was not playing to the type of audience they wanted to, they knew there was a problem. “We would be playing at venues for adults — who didn’t get it and were just minding their business — instead of to kids, who are more into the ...

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Lagniappe

New Bar Offers Music In ‘Backyard Atmosphere’

Patrons eat and drink at Lagniappe in Edgewater, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Located at 3425 NE 2nd Ave., the shop sells wine, beer, cheese, and other foods to be consumed in-house or taken packaged. Daniel Bock / For The Miami Herald.       By Carlos Coba Read in The Miami Herald When David Tunnell traveled to New Orleans, he fell ...

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Sweat Records

Little Haiti Record Store Offers Live Music Too

Farrah Fleitman, 24, organizes merchandise while Edward Adames, 29, reviews store records, closing out the day at Sweat Records. Michael Sharp/South Florida News Service.         By Michael Sharp Read in The Miami Herald When Lauren Reskin, 31, decided to open Sweat Records eight years ago, she wanted her new business to unite Miami’s large but geographically spread out ...

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Oscar Fuentes

The Biscayne Poet

Oscar Fuentes, the Biscayne Poet, is the founder of the Oscar Fuentes Combo. Photo by Carolina Trejos/SFNS.           By Carolina Trejos South Florida News Service  Oscar Fuentes grew up between Miami and Honduras, listening to his father recite the poetry of classic Latins such as Pablo Neruda and a nurturing mother, parents that inspired him to ...

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