Sat, March 7 @ 1 PM-Telemundo Stage The P-LO Project at the Carnaval on the Mile

Save the Date: March 7-8, 2015

Saturday & Sunday: 10AM to 10PM

Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Carnaval on the Mile returns for a can’t-miss cultural experience that appeals to all senses – it’s about ART in EVERY form! Walk Miracle Mile with over 120 fine artists, sculptures, paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry of the highest caliber.

Enjoy three concert stages with over 30 musical groups and performers from all over the US featuring Latin Funk, Rock, Folk and more. Catch them on the Heineken, Florida Community Bank and Telemundo stages located on Ponce, Douglas and LeJeune.

Savor the flavors of fine foods, local restaurants located along Miracle Mile, wines and spirits and more.

Got kids? There are PLENTY of activities for them to enjoy!

Friendly pups can also accompany their humans for a fun day out and even enjoy a Canine Cafe courtesy of Banfield Hospital!


The Music of Cal Tjader this Thursday at Barleys!

Jason Decristafaro to be the featured artist for the Alien Music Club’s Thursday night Jazz jam at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria! We will be doing a tribute to Latin-Jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader, with Charles Clement Lichtenberger (Piano),Jonathan Pearlman (Guitar), Will Beasley (Bass), Benjamin Pearce Bjorlie(Drums), Grant Cuthbertson (Congas), and Patrick Lopez (Percussion). 9 PM – Midnight, No Cover. First set is featured artist and second set is a Jazz jam.
The set list is as follows:

Soul Sauce
At the Mambo Inn
Cubano Chant
A Night in Tunisia
Maramoor Mambo



A little bit on Cal Tjader!

Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr. (/ˈ.dər/ chay-der; July 16, 1925 – May 5, 1982), known as Cal Tjader, was an American Latin jazz musician, known as the most successful non-Latino Latin musician. He also explored various other jazz idioms but never abandoned the music of Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, performing it until his death.

Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development ofLatin rock and acid jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as “Latin jazz” (or, earlier, “Afro-Cuban jazz“), Tjader’s output swung freely between both styles. He won a Grammy in 1980 for his album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that spanned over forty years.[citation needed]

Asheville, North Carolina….slowly becoming a stopping place for live music

I personally have seen quite a growth in the two years I have been here. from Jazz and Pop venues there is a definite place for all types of music to thrive in Asheville, NC. One of the great resources that I use is the website Explore Asheville.com Here you find  FROM BLUEGRASS TO NEWGRASS TO NOGRASS. A progressive and collaborative arts community, Asheville’s modern music scene melds old and new with surprising ease. Music permeates the city from the street musicians who serenade you downtown, to multi-generation bluegrass jam sessions, to a rock club (Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club) named one of the best in the country by Rolling Stone.

Today, Asheville’s music scene is all encompassing. Traditional mountain music still rings out from national artists such as David Holt and Laura Boosinger who live in the area. Classical music from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra fills the Thomas Wolfe Auditoriumthroughout the year.


This week I personally will be performing @ Lex 18. Its a great little cozy spot featuring one of my groups with Xpresso. we will do our Latin Jazz Party thing. Come out and enjoy some Patrick Lopez  this weekend.