On Friday, May 17, The Globe will host its tenth annual CubaLibre BlockParty, a FREE, open-air concert and festival in the heart of downtown Coral Gables along the entire 300 block of Alhambra Circle.
Celebrating Cubaâ€™s first Independence Day of 1902, this yearâ€™s concert line-up will be headlinedÂ byÂ Los 3 De La HabanaÂ whose vibrant and joyful style of Cuban rooted Latin fusion will have you dancing, literally, in the street.Â Opening the concert will beÂ Edwin Bonilla y su SonÂ featuring Freddy Cardenas and Cheito Quinones. The bands powerful style of salsa, (driven by Bonilla, one of the premier percussionists in the game who has played with Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Cachao, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz and many more), is a tight blend of horns, Afro-Cuban rhythms and wide vocal arrangements resulting in deep, danceable â€œdescargasâ€ aimed at real salsa dancers.Â Rounding out the live concert will be a heartfelt â€œhomenajeâ€ (tribute) toÂ Bebo ValdesÂ whose recent passing signaled the loss of a true Cuban musical legend. Â This yearâ€™s block party will also feature hand-picked vintage Cuban music by MC and DJÂ El Russo.
In addition to the free concert, The Globeâ€™s CubaLibre BlockParty will also feature professional salsa dancers fromÂ Salsa Lovers dance academy offering free lessons, multiple Chivas Regal bars serving traditional Cuban cocktails, delicious street food, hand-rolled cigars and many more surprises. Â Between live acts,Â DJ NellyÂ keeps the action going inside The Globe till 2am. Â As always, festival goers are encouraged to come decked-out in their best guayaberas and Cuban-chic attire (including your best dancing shoes) to continue the block partyâ€™s â€œgolden age of Cubaâ€ theme.
The Globeâ€™s CubaLibre BlockParty is sponsored by founding sponsor American Airlines as well as MCCI Medical Group, Ocean Mazda, Groupon, cerveza PresidenteÂ and once again will benefit Regis House â€“ Miami Dadeâ€™s premier agency for behavioral health care services.Â The Globeâ€™s CubaLibre BlockParty will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will stretch along the entire 300 block of Alhambra Circle between Le Jeune Road and Salzedo Avenue.Â General public entrance will be located at Salzedo Avenue.Â For general information on The Globeâ€™s CubaLibre BlockParty, visit:Â www.theglobecafe.comÂ or callÂ 305-444-3555.Â RSVP HERE