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Gloria Estefan Named Miami GuitarTown Celebrity Co-Chair

If there's such a thing as Miami royalty, Gloria Estefan is undoubtedly

the queen.  Along with husband, producer, musician and impresario,

Emilio Estefan, she's literally changed the landscape of the Magic City

over the years, first putting the town on the map with Miami Sound

Machine's run of rampant success through the 1980s, then with her own

triumph as a solo artist, releasing such hits as "Coming Out of the

Dark" and "Don't Wanna Lose You".  As if that weren't enough, the

Estefan's own the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach, Bongos Cuban Café in

the triple A, and Lario's, one of the city's best known chain of Cuban

restaurants.  Not to mention their many benevolent contributions to

local culture, which leads us to the topic at hand.

Gloria has joined forces with music gear powerhouse, Gibson, which has made a strong local presence since opening the Gibson Showroom in the design district and catering to countless local presentations by artists ranging from Julieta Venegas, who put on an unplugged performance in July of last year to piano great, Arthur Hanlon.  Gibson has named the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter as Celebrity Co-Chairperson for their Miami GuitarTown project. 

The project will provide our famed painted flamingos, found on street

corners throughout the city, with something to do on their spare time,

as creatively painted 10-foot guitars start cropping up around the city

in the early part of this year.  

The Miami GuitarTown project

will culminate in a gala to take place at an as-of-yet undisclosed date

later this year and all proceeds will benefit The Miami Music & Art

Fund, the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and The Art and Culture

Center of Hollywood.

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Christopher Lopez

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