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."
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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