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Poppa E at Casa Panza

Poppa E at Casa Panza
Jacob Katel

Poppa E is a bad motherfucker. Find out for yourself every Wednesday night at Casa Panza, where he has a residency, and he and his band play three or more sets of jazz, blues, and R&B songs you already know the words to.

Some people might think it's strange to put a blues night in a Little Havana venue famed for its raucous Flamenco parties, but owner Ernesto, a rock musician born in Cuba says, "When people come to this country, they gotta learn cultural values and spread them too. Music is the only way to take down barriers, because music is universal." Casa Panza looks like a Medieval Spanish tavern, full of history and memorabilia. They've got 20 years on SW 8th Street and six Best Of Miami titles.

Poppa E at Casa Panza
Jacob Katel

Back in 1971 Poppa E would spend 15 hours a day in the studio with Ike and Tina Turner doing session work for their record. He also worked with Bill Withers, Motown West, other labels, and toured in a band. "We'd do nine shows a week for five weeks in a row, take two weeks off, and do it again, and that was just to pay rent." Nowadays Poppa E plays four to five shows a week, and toured 60 days last year, not bad for a dude that's 60 years old.

Poppa E at Casa Panza
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Bass player "Big George" Caldwell.
Bass player "Big George" Caldwell.
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E Band drummer Sweet Nate.
E Band drummer Sweet Nate.
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Lead guitarist Julio Ferrer.
Lead guitarist Julio Ferrer.
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Ray Martinez on the keys has a real explosive attack style. He's a "Miami Sound" veteran. To find out more, click here.
Ray Martinez on the keys has a real explosive attack style. He's a "Miami Sound" veteran. To find out more, click here.
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Cool door.
Cool door.
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A full size knights armor.
A full size knights armor.
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Pork chop in onions with rice, and potatoes. Kitchen open til midnight.
Pork chop in onions with rice, and potatoes. Kitchen open til midnight.
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Side angle shot of a rifle on the wall.
Side angle shot of a rifle on the wall.
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Poppa invited this kid onstage and let him sit in on a few songs. He shredded. Musicians who wanna jam are invited. Artists welcome. Bring energy to the night, eat, drink, and have a good time.
Poppa invited this kid onstage and let him sit in on a few songs. He shredded. Musicians who wanna jam are invited. Artists welcome. Bring energy to the night, eat, drink, and have a good time.
Jacob Katel

Poppa E and The E Band every Wednesdays at Casa Panza. Cover $5; for more information vist myspace.com/blackowlmusicmiami.

Poppa E at Casa Panza
Jacob Katel


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