The last Friday of the month brings a free concert and free admission at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125 St., North Miami.
The museum is open by donation from 7 to 10 p.m. during this event. (Admission is always free for children under 12, North Miami residents and city employees.) Plus, there is plenty of free parking. The music starts at 8 p.m.
The MOCA galleries are open by donation until 10 p.m. so concertgoers can enjoy the current exhibitions.
Jan. 27: Oriente
Conceived by Cuban-born guitarist/composer Eddy Balzola after years of touring with show bands, reggae and Latin bands, Las Vegas clubs etc., Oriente’s signature sound features funky, guitar driven tumbaos, blazing harmonic brass, and explosive Afro-Latin percussion that fuse Cuban roots with Blues, Jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences. Their first New Orleans concert at world famous Snug Harbor Jazz Club created a major buzz, attracting local musicians and world class audiences excited by their new Cuban roots fusion. That New Orleans scene, drenched in roots music torn from the soul of the streets, in combination with the band’s deep Cuban roots heritage, thoroughly impacted Balzola and continues to influence Oriente’s creative, hard- driving and soulful sound
ORIENTE has produced four recordings to date. The band’s latest CD is titled NOW and clearly represents band leader Balzola’s vision, aptly soaring with the tight and cohesive sound of Oriente’s talented lineup. The band features Balzola (guitar/voc/perc), Stuart King (trumpet/perc), William Paredes (trombone/voc), Yoel Del Sol (multi-perc/voc), Pepe Aparicio (bass/voc) and Orlando Machado (drums/perc/voc).