Time for Some R&R

With lyrics that seem lifted from some dusty leather volume hidden on an out-of-the-way shelf, Raffa & Rainer make music that writers love — full of characters and stories wrapped in a modern wit and a classic sense of harmony. Along with Rachel Goodrich and Jesse Jackson, the duo has redefined what it means to be a Miami musician. It’s epitomized by the title of their on-again/off-again open-mike night, Can You Rock a Little Softer? And where better to rock softer than the glowing confines of the Books & Books courtyard, a veritable centrifuge of characters and stories?

When Rainer’s expert picking and Raffa’s sweet falsetto waft across the patrons sipping wine and espresso at the wrought-iron café tables this Friday, confused tourists might think they’ve wandered into 1920s Paris. And who’s to say they haven’t?
Fri., July 24, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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