Strictly Roots

Conjunto Progreso brings back the heyday of classic Cuban son.

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Conjunto Progreso performs Sunday, December 23, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway as part of Noel's 225 Kilometer Ride, sponsored by United Fence in memory of George Collazo. The speedway is located at 1 Speedway Blvd, Homestead. The concert starts at 6 p.m., and admission to the all-day event is $15. Call 305-230-5000, or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. Conjunto Progreso also performs Monday, December 31, at Bayfront Park's free annual New Year's Eve concert, 301 N Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.bayfrontparkmiami.com. The band then performs late-night at Transit Lounge's New Year's Bash, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami. The show starts at 11 p.m., and tickets cost $50, which includes a champagne toast. Call 305-377-4628, or visit www.transitlounge.us. For more info about the band, visit www.myspace.com/conjuntoprogreso.

A December 7 Travel Channel filming of their show at Transit Lounge didn't offer many economic perks, but Aguiló is confident this accumulated slow and steady recognition is enough to keep the bandmates committed to the cause. "What keeps us going is our love for music. It's caused relationship and work problems, but I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do. This is what my dad, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather did, and they all had two jobs," he says. "No other band is as traditional as we are. We pay respect to the people who did it before us."

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