Damas Gratis

Unless you reside in Little Buenos Aires (around North Beach, where Las Vacas Gordas throw down!), it's possible you're unfamiliar with Damas Gratis. Hailing from Argentina, the eight-piece band has never been to Miami. But these guys have been putting together some seriously swinging cumbia with Andean flavor, known as cumbia vilera, for the better part of the decade. The band started when founder and singer/keyboardist Pablo Lescano quit his previous band, Amar Azul. (Before that, he formed Flor de Piedra, considered the first of this style of groups in Argentina, though he didn't play in that band.)

This Sunday's show will be Damas's first in South Florida, and to sweeten the pot, promoters have lined up our very own Bachaco. The local favorite group of kids is named for a type of wood ant and has made a name for itself by melding reggae and dancehall with cumbia. It's a delicious little blend that is damn sure to get you shaking your money maker, if in fact you make money with yours. We're not here to judge.


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