Given the American political climate, with culturally and legally conservative approaches to the things that define and inspire Chao, it seems fitting that he doesn't visit the States often. But he has a devoted bastion of fans in South Florida. Not that the rest of America doesn't have a thing for music from other countries, but unlike fads such as Buena Vista Social Club and Putumayo, Miami is actually committed to international music.

Share a spliff and sangria with Manu Chao.
Muir Vidler
Share a spliff and sangria with Manu Chao.

Location Info


Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/Overtown


8 p.m. Friday, September 9, at Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; Tickets cost $33.50 plus fees via

It just makes sense, doesn't it? The political commitment, international perspective, appreciation of marijuana — the rhythm and spirit of Manu Chao is just the right fit for our oddly shaped city. His music will certainly create a magical, sweaty, and memorable night on Biscayne Bay, that body of water connecting Miami to the rest of the world.

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Paul Zinkievich
Paul Zinkievich

First saw and heard Manu Chao on the Henry Rollins show at the time they released 'La Radiolana' in 2007. Love at first sight. Manu Chao was a 'fire cracker' that set off explosive energy from all band members. Bought the CD and played it non-stop during that summer and fall.It kept me alive when I thought I would die. I owe them! I watched their videos and bought their music. They are not all Bob Marley. Their 2001 release of 'Proxima Estacion-Esperanza' is from the heart of Paris France.I would love to see them perform under a hot sun, dancing and splashing rum and sweat on all the happy people who dance and sing with them these days.

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