Willy Chirino

Few if any artists are as quintessentially representative of Cuban culture in the United States as Willy Chirino (and Celia, que en paz descanse). The man is a hero to the exile community not just in South Florida but across the country. Whether you came from Cuba or were born here first generation, chances are pretty damned good that you're well-acquainted with the man's body of work.

And well you should be. After all, you've been jamming to an endless stream of jams since you were a wee jodedor. "Lo Que Esta Pa' Ti," "Medias Negras," "Oxigeno," "Artista Famoso," "Cuba Libre," "Tus Cumplaños"... The list goes on. In a recent interview with New Times, local rapper turned international phenom Pitbull even reminisced on catching Chirino with his pops. "Anyone who was anyone would be at the Willy shows back in the day," he recalled.

Providing opportunities for anyone and everyone to catch him live is one thing Willy Chirino has certainly done. The man has gigged tirelessly over the years, and continuing that tradition is his "Pa'lante Tour 2010." It gives fans in his adopted hometown of Miami a chance to see him at the Fillmore before he heads off to locales as far-flung as Spain.

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Christopher Lopez