Barry White. Englebert Humperdink. Jose Luis Rodriguez. When you're ready to slip into something a little more comfortable, there's really nowhere else to turn. Venezuelan loverman Rodriguez, better known by the name El Puma for his penetrating stare and jungle-cat appeal, has been setting the right mood for more than two decades now, and his voice just gets sexier. "Ya sabes," he pants in a sotto voce so low it nearly licks your toes, "You already know/Tonight I feel so lonely and lost because you are not here/Where are you?" Where are you indeed? Slipping on a silk dress and stiletto heels, anticipating the romance of a female chorus cooing in the background, the teasing kiss of brushes against the drums, the anguished wail of a trumpet, and El Puma's whisper, purr, and growl commanding you to remember that night, forget your other lovers, sip champagne, and surrender to him. How can you resist?
Performs with Donato Poveda at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3; Tickets cost $40 to $65. Call 305-372-4633.
The James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave.
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