Magic City Moment

Blues, son, dancehall, compas, and Maradona

If you're tired of ethnic strife, stop in at the Fourth Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Family Fun Day: The festival formerly known as Reggae Bash is now reaching out to the wider archipelago under the name Caribbean Bash. Reggae Bash was always something of a misnomer for a bill much heavier on dancehall than roots artists, but this year promoters AnchorMinott, Inc. (who asked to have their names withheld) say, "We wanted to get a more unified thing." Unity, the organizers hope, will add up to more corporate dollars: "We're always full, but the Caribbean Bash name is more marketable, even for sponsorship to jump on." Look for compas king Sweet Mickey alongside perennial dancehall headliner Beenie Man and for rasin rulers Boukman Eksperyans to alternate with the formidable Lady Saw and promoter favorite Red Rat. AnchorMinott has even booked the Virgin Islands soca sensation Jam Band to wine the party before crowd pleasers Tanto Metro and Devonte ("Everybody Falls in Love Sometime") and flava of the moment, T.O.K., the foursome responsible for the omnipresent "Chi-chi Man." Looks like my crew, my dawgs, and the lords of yards are ready to share their fiefdom.

Iko-Iko celebrates its long-time residence at  the Road
Steve Satterwhite
Iko-Iko celebrates its long-time residence at the Road


Featuring Col. Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers, the Kenny Neal Blues Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and Iko-Iko runs Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $15 in advance for two-day pass. Call 305-374-1198. The Argentine Passion Festival featuring La Mosca, Los Tulipanos, and Los Violadores takes place on Saturday, November 17, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children under age 12 and seniors over age 65 admitted free. Call 305-541-6911. Los Fakires perform at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 and $30. Call 305-576-4350. Caribbean Bash featuring Beenie Man and Sweet Mickey takes place Sunday, November 18, at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Admission is $23. Call 954-986-0597.
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