The Cuba Beat Concert Series is a three part concert series at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This grand celebration of Cuban music has already enjoyed its first two shows— Salsa: The Music of Celia Cruz last November, and Charanga on April 25th— with the third and final installment coming this June. Riffing on a sound he helped develop, Cuban-American musical sensation Willy Chirino will bring his act, The Miami Sound, to the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall on the 13th.
Willy Chirino is considered the master of a musical genre, which, like his band, is known as the Miami Sound. The blend of authentic Cuban sound with influences of rock ‘n roll, jazz, and Caribbean music is a staple of the hip shaking, salsa dancing personality brimming throughout Miami Beach’s most storied nightclubs and concert venues. Chirino was a Cuban refugee as a child, coming to Miami as a part of the United States’ Operation Peter Pan, which was an historic effort to save children from a country in turmoil. Growing up in Miami Beach with other refugees, Chirino was on the ground floor of developing this progressive Cuban-American sound.
Chrino’s special musical guest on the 13th, Carlos Oliva was also one of the founding fathers of The Miami Sound. Oliva had a similar childhood to Chirino, making their collaboration an outstandingly authentic musical exhibition of the development of Miami’s Latin music scene. Oliva has worked with a variety of other musical groups, and film productions, making him one of the city’s favorite hometown musicians.
Chirino and Oliva promise to impress at the grand and beautiful Knight Concert Hall this June. The auditorium is part of the Adrienne Arsht Center, which is Miami’s leading venue for the performing arts. From concerts featuring the Miami Symphony Orchestra to a series of plays called Broadway in Miami, cultural visitors of Miami and Miami Beach cannot go wrong at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Saturday, June 13th
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132