For less than what'd it cost to sit in the last row of the American Airlines Arena to say that you saw Taylor Swift live and in-person, you and a date can dance rueda mere yards from Puerto Rican-born, Miami-based salsero Marlow Rosado.
Apples to oranges, you say?
Well, they're actually not that different.
Both Swift and Rosado have been praised for their songwriting abilities by fans and critics alike. But above all, both are nominees in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
A veteran producer, composer, and pianist whose worked with the likes of Alejandra Guzman, Selena, Celia Cruz, and Marc Anthony, among others, Rosado's latest endeavor, Retro, is a 12-track descarga of pure salsa. Nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album, the record is only Rosado's second solo effort.
"[I'm] frustrated musician who is trying to bring something back to the scene that's been lost," he said in 2012 YouTube interview. "It's become my mission."
Not long after his nomination, Rosado thanked his supporters via social media, using Facebook to reassure his fans that his work was all but complete.
"Ahora comienza el trabajo fuerte," he wrote.
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True to his word, Rosado was hard at work in the studio a few weeks later mixing his latest single, posing for a picture with someone else's Grammy and message: "I WANT ONE!"
Marlow Rosado. Friday, February 1, 10 p.m., PAX Miami, 337 SW 8th ST, Miami; 305-640-5847; paxmiami.com. Tickets cost $15-$25 via ticketfly.us.