The Celia Cruz Tribute Night takes place at the Tu Madre party at Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Doors open at 11:00 p.m. Admission is free with an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those 21 and older welcome with ID. Call 305-532-2667 to RSVP, or visit www.cameomiami.com.
The Tu Madre party, Thursdays at Cameo, holds the rare distinction of being one of the most unique club nights in Miami. Seriously. It's Latin-oriented, but don't think for a minute it's a night of ho-hum salsa and reggaeton. First the crowd: a few Charo look-alikes, sure, but a lot of well-heeled, sleek, insanely attractive twentysomethings, rockera girls dancing on boxes, and more than a few gringito surfer types partying like it's their birthday. Next the music: a mashup of everything — okay, a little reggaeton and tropical beats, but also Maná and Enanitos Verdes, Nineties American alternative rock, Chuck Berry, hip-hop, and disco house. On a recent night, a classical guitarist ascended a podium for an extended solo over a Calle 13 tune.
Tonight's event, a tribute to the late, great Celia Cruz, promises "special remixes all night." In the spirit of this party, it could be anything — live musicians reworking classic tracks, creative DJing giving her vocals a hip-hop treatment — who knows. The one predictable thing: a rhythm so infectious even yo' mama would dance. — Arielle Castillo
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