A Great Day at Oak Grove Park

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A Great Day at Oak Grove Park

A day-long celebration of art, culture and community in Miami Dade County‘s beautiful Oak Grove Park.

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Oak Grove Park 690 Northeast 159th Street Miami, FL 33162

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Come celebrate on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Oak Grove Park (690 NE 159th St, Miami, FL 33162) from 1 p.m.-9 pm. The inaugural ”A Great Day at Oak Grove Park music festival” is a FREE and ALL AGES show! A Celebration of the diversity of cultures that have made Miami their home, showcasing artists from Haiti and Cuba who have played a key part in shaping this city's rich musical heritage.

The incredible lineup:

Emeline Michel & Friends: Haitian songstress with Edwidge Dantica, Lionel Benjamin, ARKAI and Success Jr ( Don Zoeleone)

Tabou Combo Legendary Ambassadors of Konpa

Inez Barlatier Haitian-American multidisciplinary performing artist

Cortadito Award-winning Cuban folk group

Spam Allstars Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban jam / dance band

Papaloko and Loray Mistik Haitian visionary artist and vodou pop band

Oak Grove Fest is a collaboration between Miami Light Project and Community Arts and Culture in partnered with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Follow OAK GROVE FEST ON IG for a chance to win tickets to AMADOU & MARIAM on March 14th at Miami Beach Bandshell

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Haitian songstress and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms into deeply moving, joyful music delivered with a charismatic live show. Based in NYC, she runs her own production company and is a cherished voice for social issues surrounding women and children worldwide. Michel has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, the Festival International de Jazz (Haiti), Ontario's Luminato Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and other high-profile events. Emeline-michel.com

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Inez Barlatier joined her father’s band, Jan Sebon & Kazak International, at the age of 12. Inez led her own band, Kazoots, and was also a member of Venus Rising: Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble performing as a drummer, dancer and singer. With her ancestral contralto voice, her music has toured internationally and is inspired by multi-cultural wisdom and rhythms. Barlatier’s children’s show Ayiti, Stories & Songs from Haiti is currently touring schools across the U.S., and has been showcased to 70,000 children here in Miami-Dade County public schools. InezInezInez.com

Since its origins ten years ago, the evolution of Cortadito has led them to become one of the torch bearers of a pop culture phenomenon that is two centuries strong. A traditional folk and acoustic band that focuses on performing one of the earliest styles of Cuban country music known as Son (pronounced sOwn), their sound can best be described as reminiscent of the famed Buena Vista Social Club. Winners of the Miami New Times’ “Best Latin Act” award in 2019, the band frequently plays regionally, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, as well as Florida Folk Festival, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, and Afro Roots Fest. CortaditoSon.com

A Latin Grammy-nominated and nationally and internationally touring band, the Spam Allstars are one of Miami’s most popular, well-known, longest-running and accomplished bands. Part Afro-Cuban, part hip-hop, part funk, part electronica, they were founded by musician, producer and musicologist Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam. The group’s sixth and most recent full-length album is called Trans-Oceanic. SpamAllstars.com

Born Jude Thegenus in Port Au Prince, Papaloko is also a visual artist, and a voice for social justice and Haitian activism. He allows himself to be possessed by a spirit whose purpose is to paint strokes of life onto canvas. Papaloko studied to become a Roman Catholic priest, but his artistic journey led him to music with at first the Rara band Koleksyon Kazak, and then with the vodou pop band Loray Mistik. In 1999, Papaloko founded the Jakmel Art Gallery, Cultural Center and Caribbean Backyard, a center for cultural diversity, awareness, positivity, and creation in Miami. judepapalokothegenus.com

Tabou Combo was the first Haitian band to perform in Japan, Ivory Coast, Senegal among others, and were named the “Official Panamanian Band” in Panama due to their popularity, while also becoming the first Caribbean band to have a number one single in the French Hit Parade. They dynamically sung their songs in both English, French, Spanish and in Haitian Creole. Tabou Combo refer to themselves as the “ambassadors of Konpa.” www.taboucombo.com

For more information, visit oakgrovefest.com

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