In Fine Fiddle

Thursday August 28

There are few finer female fiddlers than Regina Carter. Dubbed a jazz musician, she is amazingly much more. The Detroit native is able to leap stylistic bounds, nimbly switching from a mournful Brazilian melody to a jaunty jazz tune to a tangled tango. Her crisp, lyrical tone resonating in the rafters of your brain. In 2000, the last time Carter played in these parts, her repertoire was culled from her eclectic album Rhythms of the Heart. Unified by an assortment of beats, it featured everything from Gershwin songs to African compositions to soul hits. On her fifth and latest album, Paganini: After A Dream, Carter returns to her classical roots (she learned violin in childhood via the Suzuki method) but holds on to her trusty pianist, the fabulous Werner "Vana" Gierig. Carter and company close the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables) Summer Concert Series at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-448-7421. -- By Nina Korman


Sunday August 31

Bedtime Beats

Wise men once said, "You gotta fight for your right to party." Now it's a mission statement of sorts for the oft-embattled Ultra Music Festival. At the behest of Miami Beach officials, Ultra has shifted what was supposed to be a daytime beach party to the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) for an all-nighter. The bright side sans sun or sand: Big, hammering beats will be louder. One thing that remains is an all-star lineup of DJs. Paul Van Dyk headlines along with Armand Van Helden (above), famous for, among other things, chauffeuring Madonna's limo in the video for "Music," which he produced. Funk band Groove Armada, king of funky breaks DJ Icey, and local house group DHM are also on deck. The music goes from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Must be 18 or older to attend. See www.groovetickets.com for details. Call 305-673-7311. -- By Humberto Guida

Thursday August 28

Dance

Good Moves

The VIII International Ballet Festival of Miami opens today at the Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.) with art exhibits and films. A workshop and master class begins Monday at the In Motion Dance Center (454 NE 58th St.). Full performances are at the Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW 1st St.) Wednesday and Thursday, then at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) on Friday. The event wraps with 20 companies at the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for performances range from $18 to $43. Call 305-549-7711. -- Margaret Griffis

Wednesday September 3

Defiant Debut

Enrique Bunbury makes noise in Miami

When the nominees for the Latin Grammy best rock album category were announced, Flamingos, veteran Spanish rocker Enrique Bunbury's fourth solo effort after playing in famed band Heroes del Silencio, was ignored. Instead the candidates are Argentineans Charly Garcia, Gustavo Cerati, and Luis Spinetta, Colombian star Juanes, and 19-year-old Mexican newcomer Natalia Lafourcade. It's ironic then that Bunbury will debut in Miami the same night as the Latin Grammy ceremony. "I've been playing in the U.S. for a while now, and it has always worked, but I've done it on a semi-underground level," says Bunbury; as frontman of Heroes he was a superstar in Spain and Latin America between 1987 and 1996, but he has adopted a lower profile since leaving the group. (Heroes del Silencio released 7 albums and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.) Not all of Heroes' faithful fans stuck with Bunbury in his solo career, especially once they heard the electronic sounds on his 1997 album Radical Sonora. But they might come back now that he's found his way back to rock and roll. "Be patient, I'll release a good album sometime soon," he jokes. -- By Javier Andrade

Enrique Bunbury and opening act Obie Bermudez perform at 10:00 p.m. at Bongos Cuban Café, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets cost $18.50. Call 786-777-2100.

Saturday August 30

Sand Flies

La Mosca plays the beach

Three months after sharing the stage of local Latin hot spot La Covacha with Venezuelan reggae band Desorden Publico, 11-piece Argentine pop band La Mosca (the Fly) will headline an Official Latin Grammy Beach Party at 4:00 p.m. at the 73rd Street Bandshell (73rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). La Mosca has spent the last 90 days promoting its latest album, Tango Latino, in Europe, mostly all over Spain, where the song "Para No Verte Más" hit big in 2000. Around 250 flights later, La Mosca has also toured Latin America and the U.S. Expect tunes from Tango to play a leading role in this concert, which also includes Miami musicians Nil Lara and Tereso. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-379-7118. -- By Javier Andrade

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