Fusion is a way of life in Miami. Spanglish may as well be the official language. And Xperimento, named New Times' Best Fusion Band this year, blends the members' Latin roots with the American culture in which they all grew up.
Each of these five guys hails from a different part of Central and South America, moving to the States at a young age. They all have different musical backgrounds too. But together, Xperimento blends cumbia, reggae, merengue, ska, salsa, and funk with elements of rock, R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall. It's a style the band has dubbed, "Latin reggae urban soul."
9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Jazid Lounge, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net. Admission is free.
"What it is, actually, is music of the new era," says guitarist Guillermo "Chamo" Cabral. "You know, Bob Marley's notion of one world, one love, one nation. I think we have a lot of that. I think that's where we're headed. I think that's where the world is headed."
Check out Xperimento at Jazid this Saturday, and get your funk on. Or rock out. Or dance salsa till you break a hip. Because it sounds like these guys are up for anything.