Willie Chirino was born in 1947 in Consolación del Sur, Cuba, as a handsome, musically talented 30-year-old who hasnt aged a day since. Think were lying? Look at his album covers. One Man Alone, from 1974, shows him in profile, with the setting sun breaking across a thick, Chevron-style mustache. Six years later, his hair is even fuller for 1980s Diferente. In fact, all eight album covers from the 1980s and this is pre-Photoshop, people show a guy just breaking 29. Flash-forward to 2008s Palante, and Chirino coat over shoulder, tie loosened appears all of 26. Did he make a pact, à la Robert Johnson, with the Devil, or is the Miami style of salsa music he invented some kind of acoustic fountain of youth? Its worth showing up to the American Airlines Arena to find out. Who knows? In a few years, Chirino might have de-aged to pre-puberty and youll have missed your chance.
Sat., June 6, 8 p.m., 2009