By Jacob Katel
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Do you remember where you were ten years ago?
If it was a Thursday night in Miami, chances are pretty damn good you were making your way to ¡Fuacata!, a hot new party at La Pequeña Habana's Hoy Como Ayer. And if you weren't heading to check out Spam Allstars, you were no doubt hearing about it.
To see the throwdown for yourself, you knew all the buzz was warranted. Everyone crammed into that small space on Calle Ocho as it turned to standing room only, people happily grinding into one another like puppets, helpless to resist the infectious rhythms pulling their strings.
It was a great sea of bodies, pitching and surging with the tide of the music coming from the deft hands of the band onstage. And the ensemble that made those parties the place to get your groove on back in 2001 still fills Hoy Como Ayer every Thursday night in 2011, as ¡Fuacata! celebrates its ten-year anniversary.
That's a decade of celebs — like Prince, Mick Jagger, and Ricky Martin — popping in to party. That's a decade of Spam Allstars creating singularly cohesive free-form jams and seemingly endless descarga. That's a decade of furious getdown.
Here's to you, Spam Allstars. Happy anniversary!