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$60 front row, $40 general, $30 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)
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About the Concert
You haven’t heard a sound like this before! The Everglades Songbook Suite Band features Jose Elias, co-founder of the Cuban folk band Cortadito and long-time guitarist of the Spam Allstars, along with a rotating talented cast of band members playing Afro-Cuban instruments including the Cuban Tres, cuatro, percussion, Kora, indigenous flutes, and woodwinds.
Inspired by Elias’ time spent as an Artist-in-Residence in the Everglades, The ESS Band plays music that celebrates the sights and sounds of Southern Florida’s mysterious and wild tropical wetlands.
Grammy-nominated Jose Elias lights up Key West each season with his unique blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms. This year he returns with an installment of the popular Afro Roots Festival, which Elias has produced for over twenty years. One of Miami’s longest running music festivals, Afro Roots was recently acknowledged by the Miami New Times as one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals“.
sponsored by Thirsty Mermaid
Jose Elias is a Grammy-nominated guitarist and Cuban Tres player. Over the span of 28 years, he has performed in five continents and produced a variety of musical projects, from festivals to studio recordings. His career is highlighted by his work with Conjunto Progreso noted by many as the “Buena Vista Social Club of the U.S.A”. He has performed with Eliades Ochoa, Arturo Sandoval, and now runs a traditional Cuban Son group Cortadito, and the early Caribbean music project Antilles Music Ensemble. Furthermore, he continues to work with Miami’s Latin fusion group the Spam Allstars. Read more.