According to Pepe Billete, "pata sucias" can be found at clubs all over Miami, shaking their drunk asses for the world to see, and stomping their dirty bare feet on club floors without a care in the world.
Personally, we think that's a beautiful thing.
But there are a lot of classy joints in this town where that doesn't happen at all.
Here are the five best Latin music parties this week where you're likely to experience both extremes, and nights that fall somewhere in between.
Either way, they're all awesome, so enjoy.
La Nueva Onda Latina. Monday, February 4, Upstairs At The Van Dyke, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. No cover, $5 table charge. Adrian Guerra is a local singer-songwriter who has won the John Lennon and Billboard World songwriting contests. He was born in Illinois, and raised in Venezuela by Cuban and Ecuadorian parents, sings, plays the cuatro, and the guitar. Showcasing other great local talent, he joins forces tonight with the inimitable Randy Singer, who made the world's first easy-listening harmonica album.
Salsa Tuesdays with Melina Almodovar. Tuesday, February 5, Tapas Y Tintos, 448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach. Free, and ladies get two-for-one drinks from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The self proclaimed Muñeca De La Salsa is not only competing to be the Ultimate Miami Girl, she will also teach you and yours how to shake what your momma gave ya, at this weekly salsa fiesta on the beach.
Monterosa. Thursday, February 7, PAX, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami. Admission costs $10. Promoting his new album, Vivo En Tu Amor, this Spanish language pop rocker will be joined by "a little more noise in the room," including Vic Kingsley, Alicastro, Yeshiva, Daniel Urdaneta, Freddy Lopez "El Pezcao," and Joe Smooth for an international night of entertainment, including free grab bags for all guests.
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Cava Jazz. Thursday, February 7, 8:30 p.m., Cava Flamenco Lounge Restaurant, 3850 SW Eighth St., Miami. Free. Authentic Spanish tapas cuisine at the only "tablao flamenco" in Miami means that you're in for an awesome floor show and dinner with a musical performance by Maria Alejandra Rodriguez "La Voz," and Alex Berti's Trio featuring Mauricio Quiros and Rodolfo Zuniga. And remember, there's limited seating. So get there early. Also, ladies drink free from 5 to 6 p.m.
¡Fuácata! Thursday, February 7, 10p.m., Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami. Admission costs $10. This nightlife institution has been running weekly for over ten years and it's one of the best kept secrets in Miami. Mick Jagger has partied at Hoy Como Ayer, and a weekly bevvy of industry regulars like Oscar G call it a must go spot. DJ Le Spam employs a level of musically diverse turntablism that is unmatched anywhere in the world. So make sure to check it out and enjoy.