In the Son

FRI 11/21

Talk about pedigree. With a grandfather like Francisco Formell, arranger extraordinaire for Ernesto Lecuona's Cuban Boys, and father Juan Formell, the founder/leader of Los Van Van, the musical gods were bound to smile on the talented Juan-Carlos Formell. But it wasn't until the native Cubano found himself in Miami, playing his son and trova on the opening night of the seminal club Café Nostalgia back in '95, that his creative chops began to shine. Guitarist and singer Formell teamed up with conguero Wickly Nogueras and stayed on for a month, playing the club and writing songs about his former life on the island that became the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated album Songs from a Little Blue House. Now he's back (along with Nogueras) to launch his latest album, Son Radical, at the site where it all started, known these days as Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW 8th St. The show begins at 10:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-541-2631. -- By John Anderson

Birthday Serenades

SAT 11/22

Watching TV can make you do weird things -- like produce concerts. All Main Street Cafe manager/musician Laurie Oudin and flautist Laura Sue Wilansky (above) had to do was see a PBS special devoted to songstress Joni Mitchell and a spark ignited. Author of contemplative, lyrical (and sometimes political) songs such as "Both Sides Now," "Woodstock," and "Big Yellow Taxi," the Canadian singer/songwriter/ painter/poet has also been an inspiration for many tunes by artists as varied as Crosby, Stills, & Nash and PM Dawn. On November 7, Mitchell turned 60 years old. To mark the occasion the duo decided to throw a Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert at 8:00 at the Main Street Cafe (128 N. Krome Ave., Homestead). Among the artists who'll have a go at Mitchell's often-complex music: Wilansky, Matthew Sabatella, Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, and the Pathfinders. Tickets cost $12 and reservations are suggested. Call 305-245-7575. -- By Nina Korman


Time to Tango

SAT 11/22

If the hype is to be believed, the streets of Miami reverberate with salsa tunes all day and all night. If that's the case, the streets of Buenos Aires must resonate with the mournful tone of the violin and bandoneon swirling out a disconsolate tango. After all, the sultry dance and musical sound were born there, among the hookers and hoods in the racy red-light district. Get a little taste of tango in our town tonight at 8:30 during the show dubbed Las Calles de Buenos Aires (The Streets of Buenos Aires) at the Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SW 1st St. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-318-1580. -- By Nina Korman