Musical Scoop

Thursday July 31

Quartetto Gelato may be the first classical crossover group in outer space. At least their music made it onto the Columbia Space Shuttle in 1997. Which may tell you something about their sound: eclectic, quirky, and popular enough to include in the U.S. space program. The classical foursome features an oboist, a violinist who plays mandolin and sings tenor, an accordionist, and a cellist. Besides classical pieces, the group also delves into tangos, arias, and folk songs from around the world. They've repeatedly sold out shows in New York, Boston, London, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. The Gelatos perform at 8:00 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-448-7421. -- By John Anderson

Sunday August 3

Hair Today

Glam rockers continue teasing

The only one to blame for the recent nostalgia-fueled gathering of forgotten hair-metal luminaries is Kurt Cobain. As soon as the opening chords of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were aired on MTV in 1991, most of the reigning glam bands that had monopolized the network's heavy rotation slots immediately felt and looked outdated, cheesy, and fake. It should be noted that even today, some of these troubadours continue to defy logic. Not to be vanquished, hair-band icons Poison, Skid Row, and Motley Crue singer Vince Neil continue to pack stadiums. The triple bill opens at 7:00 p.m. at Sound Advice Auditorium, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets range from $16.50 to $26.50. Call 561-793-0445. -- By Javier Andrade

Friday August 1

Bliss This

If the world were in tune with Bliss, there'd be no wars. Via meditative melodies and inspirational lyrics, the British quartet has appealed to introspective nirvana-seekers. Partnering with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, they're helping individuals "develop their full potential as a spiritual being." Of course, raja yoga meditation helps. How has it influenced Bliss? Well before centering her chi, vocalist Lucinda Drayton released an album called Suicidal Angel. Bliss will dedicate its free 7:00 p.m. show at Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables) to the upcoming United Nations International Day of Peace. Call 305-442-2522. -- Humberto Guida

Saturday August 2

Golden Oldies

Yesterday's Latin stars shine

"Miami is a multiethnic and nostalgic city," says concert promoter Raul Inda, explaining why he puts together shows starring Latin artists whose heyday harkens back more than 20 years. "We are all immigrants, and we all miss our past. That's why to us, the past always looks better than the present," adds the Cuban with a laugh. Inda strikes again at 8:00 tonight when he'll present the third installment of the series Lluvia de Estrellas (Shower of Stars) at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Last year's edition included such oldies as Billy Cafaro, Los Cinco Latinos, and Nicola Di Bari on the first night, and Boney M. and Silvana Di Lorenzo on the second. Inda describes himself as a "romantic," a fact not at all surprising, judging by the show's roster of performers. Romantic is the word that best suits the music of Panamanian balladeer Basilio and colleagues like Spain's Manolo Galvan and Argentina's Tormenta. Apparently Inda isn't the only romantic in Miami. His biggest surprise after organizing the first 2 shows last year was the audience's average age. In addition to the 40-years-and-older audience members he was expecting, a number of 20-something couples showed up wanting to smooch a little bit. Tickets cost $27 and $37. Call 305-547-5414. -- By Javier Andrade

Saturday August 2

Gimme Culture

Classical music among the cows

Miami Lakes wants you to know it's about more than cows, soccer moms, and people with the surname of Graham. It's about culture too. You know -- music, art, and all that hoity-toity stuff people who live in big cities like. The town is so serious about saturating suburbia with culture it formed a cultural affairs committee and established a music series. First up: the 19-member Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra from Veszprem, Hungary. At 7:00 p.m., led by guest conductor James Brooks-Bruzzese, they'll play works by Rossini, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn, of course, at the United Methodist Church (14800 NW 67th Ave.). Real classical musicians from Europe? Hmm, they might be on to something. Admission is free. Call 305-364-0099. -- By Nina Korman

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