From jazz roots to rumba, it’s a sizzlin’ season in Miami

While Miami can expect more concert news later in the season, many intriguing offerings are currently on tap in Latin, world music and jazz, Jordan Levin reports in The Miami Herald.

Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 keeps scaling heights of inventiveness, energy and incitement to create populist pop music at its best. The pair hit an outdoor stage at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Oct. 15 with their fiery mix of reggaeton, rock, Caribbean, hip-hop and more, with incendiary lyrics that inspire and incite.

With his darkly poetic and erudite lyrics and gravelly voiced charisma, Spanish singer-songwriter Joaquin Sabina is like a mix between Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed. Catch his first visit to Miami Oct. 23 at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Rola Music Festival from Nov. 11 to 13 celebrates the rich range of Latin music, with international stars and top Miami acts in pop, salsa, alternative, and fusion music, including Mexican alt-diva Julieta Venegas, dynamic salsero Oscar D’Leon, Argentine pop singer Diego Torres, Miami mash-up masters Locos por Juana, and many many more at the Klipsch Amphitheater in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Positive vibes will shake up Bayfront Park Nov. 19th with Bayside Rocks, a multi-lingual celebration of reggae roots and conscious music, with Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica, honey-voiced roots reggae singer Luciano, Haitian super group Tabou Combo, and more.

All-star lineups in uniquely American music highlight the Jazz Roots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center this season. Some of the Big Easy’s hottest musicians hit town for Down in New Orleans on Dec. 9, with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; boogying singer/pianist Marcia Ball, trumpeter and HBO Treme regular Kermit Ruffins, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians. On Jan. 20 pianist, salsa architect and Fania veteran Larry Harlow brings a hot lineup of Latin jazz names to perform his 1977 composition La Raza Latina. And the patron voice of American jazz, Wynton Marsalis, brings the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to Miami on March 9.

On Oct. 21, the Rhythm Foundation brings a special artist to Big Night in Little Haiti, the terrific concert series and community party. Composer, guitarist and singer BelO, who has toured worldwide, brings his unique mix of traditional Haitian Rara with reggae, jazz, rock and world beat music to the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Italian music usually conjures up images of opera or overwrought renditions of O Sole Mi o. The Rhythm Foundation moves beyond those with the HIT Italian Music celebration, a weekend of unexpected contemporary Italian sounds from Oct. 14-16, including jazz from the Nicola Conte Trio, experimental hip-hop from Caprezza, and jumpy ska-rock from Après La Classe.

Tigertail Productions presents a veteran experimentalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist in Elliott Sharp, who has worked with artists ranging from Debbie Harry to Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He performs Feb. 25 at the On Stage Black Box Theatre at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

Taking up the full stage at the Miami Dade Auditorium on March 10 is Fundarte’s ambitious presentation of Perla Marina, a rumba opera by Miami Cuban musician Omar Hernandez. Based on a play by Cuban author Abilio Estevez, Perla Marina (Sea Pearl) has 20 musicians, dancers and performers presenting the story of the history and colonization of the Caribbean and the rise of rumba.

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Calle 13: The pair perform irresistibly danceable music that’s as inspiring as it is unsettling; Oct. 15 at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Maria Bethani a: The Rhythm Foundation presents Bethania in her first U.S. show in 13 years and her first Miami appearance in 22 years. One of the jewels of Brazilian music, a pillar of the Tropicalia movement and sister to superstar Caetano Veloso, she performs Nov. 11 at the Fillmore Miami Beach. A must-see.

Diego El Cigala: The Spanish flamenco singer combines gut-ripping traditional soulfulness with an agile open-minded sensibility that enabled him to collaborate with Cuban big-band composer Bebo Valdes. Hear Cigala’s newest project, a fusion of flamenco and Argentine tango, on Oct. 27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Rola Music Festival: A rich smorgasbord of multiple Latin music styles and artists, from sweetly hip songwriter Julieta Venegas to dancemasters Locos por Juana, Nov. 11 to 13 at Klipsch Amphitheater in Bayfront Park.

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