If you're a fan of great Latin alternative music, you're in for a treat this weekend, because this Saturday, April 18, the Miami Rock en Español Fest is going to put La Covacha's half-open-air palapa structure to the test in ways that hurricanes of past years have only tried to. The show will be a joint celebration of the club's 20th anniversary and a tribute to locally-based publisher/DJ Kike Posada (of BOOM! Magazine), who has single handedly done more than possibly anybody else to bring the genre front and center in Miami.
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The show will feature a solid lineup of varied flavors. Puerto Rican reggae-fusion band Cultura Profetica will lay down the signature grooves that have made them an underground mainstay since their inception in '96. Venezuelan dance-funk-disco-house moon units Los Amigos Invisibles will be orbiting as well, delighting fans with their ethereal vibes. Latin Grammy-nominated jam band and all-around local heroes Locos Por Juana will also be representing. And Colombian electro-pop group Diva Gash will take the stage. As if that didn't bode to be enough variety, the lineup is rounded out with the offering of two local up-and-comers, alt-rock/electro-mashup Minimal and Local 34, whose intuitive blend of rock, pop, merengue, cumbia and reggae recently won them Best Band in Miami in the Burger King-sponsored battle of the bands, Tu Ciudad Tu Musica (Your City Your Music), which now pits them against nine other finalists for the grand prize.