Sometimes there's truth to clichés. Cuban music isn't just good for your ears. It's good for your soul.
Maybe it's because most of us grew up with those sounds, so they're engrained in us. Or maybe it's because Latin musicians are just so in tune with their emotions that they can hit us in the heart without even trying.
Either way, 3 de la Habana fills us with good feelings while still letting us swing our hips a little bit.
Consisting of German David Pinelli, his wife Ana Maria, and his younger brother Ari, Los 3 didn't arrive in the US until 2007, even though the trio's been performing together since 1993.
Already renowned in Cuba, the threesome left when Ana Maria's two-year-old daughter died suddenly. And since relocating, the band has stayed just under the radar, despite constantly touring across the country, from Miami to NYC and back.
Los 3's music is lively, even when not entirely happy. It's the kind of vibe that keeps you
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dancing well into the night -- slow feet, tired eyes, and all. And next week, 3 de la Habana will be playing a show in, where else, but Little Havana.
3 de la Habana. Saturday, August 20. Miami Dade Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $35 to $65 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.