Caliente! Music Festival, This Saturday at the AAA

I'm going to resist the urge to use the name of this weekend's festival in question in some ill-conceived pun or a shoddy play on words, and just power through right into the info you seek. I'm also going to try to ignore that little bit of track music that begins to wrack my head from within at the mere mention of this name--you know the one, that incredibly annoying salsa loop that plays any time E, Bravo, Travel, FLN, Food Network or any other cable network does a show in Miami.

Because let's face it. Caliente Music Festival sounds damned corny. But the lineup is smokin' (...damnit, I couldn't resist). Legendary Colombian salsa group Grupo Niche, the "Pavarotti" of salsa Tito Nieves, one of Santo Domingo's greatest merengue exports Hector Acosta "El Torito," and Jerry Rivera, the man behind hits like "Amores Como el Nuestro" and "Cara de Niño," all under one roof? Dare I say that roof will be on fire? No. No, I don't. And I'm ashamed for even attempting it.

Calliente! Music Festival takes place on Saturday, November 21 at 7:00pm in American Airlines Arena. Tickets run $35--103.

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Christopher Lopez