Folkloric Stage, 13th Avenue North: "Music here is very versatile. People who live, dance, and play here have to know claves, swing, twos and fours, and island music. We don't have the luxury of living in a bubble. We have the benefit of being surrounded by opportunity and being in the middle of the Caribbean. This stage features Colombia Cumbiamba, La Sabrosa, and groups from Panama, Bolivia, and Peru. For me, this represents the down-home, the roots of all of us, the native sounds we keep alive and honor."
WEPA FM, 13th Court South: "I'm a huge fan of what Kiwanis [the fest's organizer] does. They represent the city in a beautiful way, in all its facets. Freestyle music really broke in Miami, here, and New York with the Puerto Ricans. This stage features performances by Johnny O, Nasty Boyz, Nyasia, Company B, Ray Guell, Coro, and Shannon and Latin music by Tony De Leon, Kinto Elemento, Fusion 4, Carlos Orta, Ricky C, and Latin Flvr. For this stage, I think of fresh music and self-expression."
Chivas Regal Open House, 17th Avenue North: "Calle Ocho is a wonderful musical opportunity. There's nowhere else in the world that you have this many people listening to all these kinds of music all together in this kind of atmosphere. This stage features Hansel y Raúl, Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez, and Willy Chirino. This represents the traditional groove-masters. The masters of the suave."