The "DWNTWN Concert Series" is presenting a concert featuring Conjunto Progreso & Palo! at the Gusman theater on Friday, August 8th. You car read more about both bands below, or can read more about the concert series at www.dwntwnconcerts.com
Doors open at 7, and the concert starts at 8pm.
Ever since its inception, the traditional Cuban Son ensemble Conjunto Progreso has taken audiences back in time to the nostalgic era of early Cuban popular music. Led by Johnny Aguiló, son of Cuban trumpet legend and band leader Rolando "El Ruso" Aguiló (Lecuano Cuban Boys, Orquesta Hermanos Castro, Conjunto Casablanca, etc) and grandson of Cuban Bass player Mario Aguiló (Conjunto Yumuri, Orquesta Saratoga, Conjunto Casablsanca, Nat King Cole) and co-founded by Johnny Aguilo and Jose Elias who started the group back in April of 1999 and since then they have seen the group grow from a quartet, to its recent incarnation of eight members. Through the years, Conjunto Progreso shows have featured an array of legendary artist including Johnny's dad Rolando "Ruso" Aguiló (Lecuano Cuban Boys, Orq.Hermanos Castro, Conjunto Casablanca), Congero Luis Miranda, (Machito Orchestra), bassist extraordinaire Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera (Batacumbele), Trumpeter Feliciano Pachu Gomez (Cachao, Roberto Faz, Orq Riverside), Lazaro Tato Alfonso, (Irakere) Trumpeter Mario Del Monte (Orq Riverside) and Onel Mulet (Albita). Conjunto Progreso is a musical group made up of middle age and young, aggressive Cuban musicians.
Their experience goes back to many of the major orchestras and musical associations in Cuba as well as several salsa and charanga groups in New York and South Florida as well as recording and backing major Latin artist in the S.Florida area. In 2004, Conjunto Progreso released its long awaited debut album titled Masters of Cuban Son, The record features an array of songs by legendary Cuban composers such as Nico Saquito, Miguel Matamoros, and Compay Segundo to name a few. Interpreting well known compositions with incredible arrangements by several of the members of the group. Conjunto Progreso brings you a one of a kind traditional Cuban recording. No wonder many publications have called them Masters of Cuban Son. The album was so well received by the American public that it was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences with a 2006 Grammy Award Nomination under the category of Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.
Furthermore, throughout the music industry, the group has been noted as the Buena Vista Social Club of America Conjunto Progreso is one of the hardest working bands in the U.S. and based out of Miami FL. For more info contact Johnny Aguiló e-mail
PALO! is Winner of Miami New Times’ BEST BAND 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, and has become a favorite among South Florida’s live music devotees. The group plays a style of extremely danceable music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Their appeal lies in their unmatched musical energy, catchy original songs, and amazing display of impromptu virtuosity. A mix of Latin and Urban sounds gives PALO! their unique, infectious style.
PALO! was formed in 2003 when Steve Roitstein invited fellow musicians Leslie Cartaya (vocals), Philbert Armenteros (vocals, percussion), Ed Calle (sax) and Raymer Olalde (vocals, percussion) to join him in an improvised musical experiment combining Cuban music with funk beats. PALO! immediately began a residency at Hoy como Ayer, one of the area’s best live music clubs. They soon started performing in many other area venues. PALO! has been featured at events such as Carnaval on the Mile, Art in the Park, the Amigos For Kids Charity, Miami Book Fair, Arsht Center Fall for the Arts, and the Miami Music Festival.
PALO! has performed for packed houses at New York’s legendary SOB’s, Ryles Jazz Club and Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston, and the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival. The band often appears at venues throughout South Florida.