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. Its 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 Rainers expert picking and Raffas sweet falsetto waft across the patrons sipping wine and espresso at the wrought-iron café tables this Friday, confused tourists might think theyve wandered into 1920s Paris. And whos to say they havent?
Fri., July 24, 7 p.m., 2009