If you plan on going to Sleepless Night this Saturday, make sure you head to Collins and 21st around 1:00 a.m. That's when Habana Abierta, the Cuban supergroup - by way of Madrid - will rock the beach. For an excellent profile on the band, read Julienne Gage's February New Times article.
Crossfade checked out the band last Saturday at the Miami-Dade Auditorium, and wow. The music - a mixture of rock, rap, acid jazz, Cuban son, salsa beats and a teeny bit of Brazillian lounge - made the room sparkle. The 12-piece band was tight, the music danceable and the rythms eclectic. The audience - mostly younger Cuban-Americans - danced and sang along with the band's well known tunes, especially the rockason "Como Soy Cubano."
Individual members of the band will be playing Kimbaracumbara at 1644 SW 8th Street over the next week; call the club (305-642-8822) for more information. The band will also be playing on Nov. 9 at SOB's in Manhattan. They'll be back in South Florida on Nov. 17 for a show at La Covacha. -- Tamara Lush