Thousands of musicians, celebrities, and party people have flooded Miami Memorial Day Weekends over the years, and the Best of the Best concert has become the unofficial crowning event. While Best of the Best began as a virtually all-dancehall event, in recent years it's morphed into a more globally urban lineup, with American hip-hop stars sharing the stage with the legends of the Caribbean.
This 30-something singer holds it down for Trinidad this bill, one of the few artists here to represent soca. Still, if anyone has a shot at bringing the Caribbean over into the mainstream, it's Montano. While he's been recording and releasing albums since his teen years, recently he's focused on collaborating with artists from other genres to expand soca's reach. His latter-day discs have seen him teaming up with the likes of Collie Buddz, Shaggy, Buju Banton, and even Lil Jon and Pitbull. In fact, in his quest for global dominance, Montano recently decamped to Los Angeles. A new full-length, tentatively titled Album 34, is due out this year.
Sun., May 30, 1 p.m., 2010