photo by Karla Garcia, via grammy.com
The festival's biggest event tonight is the Florida Grammy Showcase, which, of course, was filtered by an official Grammy panel of judges. Out of the six groups chosen to play, five hail from South Florida. Among those names are several usual suspects, and a couple surprises.
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The other three South Florida performers at the showcase have flown more under the radar. Selena Serrano is billed as a soulful vocalist from the Bronx by way of Opa-Locka, and has sung backup for artists like Pitbull and Kevin Lyttle. Spinlight City is a Miami-based pop-punk quintet who played the local date of the Warped Tour in 2007. And Tristan Clopet & the Juice is one of the local scene's real up-and-comers, standing out thanks to Clopet's sheer wholesome Midwestern-ness, as well as his (locally) unusual predilection for funk and blues.
IMHO, it's silly that Afrobeta didn't make that final cut. Perhaps their very Latin- and electro-influenced idiosyncrasies are too hard for judges in the rest of the state to understand. Well, maybe next time.
If you happen to be reading this from Orlando, the Florida Grammy Showcase takes place tonight, Wednesday, May 13 at the Social, 54 North Orange Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $10.