Posted on Thursday, 12.31.09
Los Van Van plans concert in Miami
Cuban dance band Los Van Van will return to Miami in January for the
first time since more than 3,500 protesters created havoc outside their
Miami Arena show in 1999.
The band, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this month, will play
the James L. Knight Center on Jan. 31. They will play another show Jan.
28 in Key West. Tickets for the Miami show are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Los Van Van was the first group in Cuba to use synthesizers and drum
machines in its music, creating a new genre of music called “songo'' —
soul, disco and go-go music fused with Cuban son. The group won a Grammy
for best salsa performance in 1999.
When Los Van Van played Miami Arena later that year, thousands of Cuban
exile protesters greeted concertgoers by spitting at them, yelling
obscenities and throwing eggs, rocks and bottles. By night's end, more
than 50 Miami police officers had donned riot gear, and five people had
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