Musica Caliente

In Miami, there’s no lack of reverence for Latin influence on the American music scene. We gave the world Gloria Estefan, bro — what more do you want? Turns out we’re not the only city in the United States birthing amazing musicians of the Hispanic variety, and “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, is here to prove it. Taking up residence Wednesday at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami), “American Sabor” offers a closer look at the life and work of iconic artists such as Selena, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, Desi Arnaz, and Ricky Martin. Featuring loads of photographs and show posters from the 1940s to the present, the exhibit examines how each artist’s career was influenced by the cities and cultures from which they emerged and the role certain venues played in their stardom. Focusing on five cities — New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Miami — the exhibit also features guided listening stations, a 15-foot dance floor and working jukebox, and exclusive artifacts from Cachao López, the Celia Cruz Estate, and Willy Chirino. Created by Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum and the University of Washington, “American Sabor” will remain on display through October 26.
Aug. 6-Oct. 26, 10 a.m., 2014
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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.