The True Miami Sound Machine, Spam Allstars, returns to The Parrot
KEY WEST, FL (August 29, 2011) — Blending Latin, funk, hip hop and dub, The Spam Allstars make their highly anticipated return to The Green Parrot on Friday, January 13th, and Saturday, January 14th, at 10 p.m.
Well known in Miami for their innovative sound, the Spam Allstars have given South Florida a premium blend of nostalgic, obscure, retro sounds, described as retro-Cuban and deconstructed rumba.
A self-described descarga or Cuban jam session, DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars are a unique ensemble that has created their own niche on the national music landscape with a prolific recording routine and over 200 show dates a year.
Deftly combining the live performance of his stage mates with a cornucopia of electronically-evoked samples, DJ Le Spam (Andrew Yeomanson) projects a distinctly modern voice that resonates of Miami’s very Latin and urban soundtrack.
Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Washington Post, DownBeat, The Village Voice and Newsweek all praised their 2002 album Fucata Live!, and it was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2003. Spam Allstars were surprised and proud of this achievement considering that the album had been recorded live to a CD burner during one of their weekly shows at Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana.
Spam Allstars have appeared on Good Morning America, Mun2’s The Roof, CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS-4’s Making of the Latin Grammy’s, NBC 6’s Trendtrackers, and a variety of regional and international radio programs.
Green Parrot Bill Blue to Do Friday and Sunday Parrot Soundcheck
When Bill Blue came to Key West in 1983 with a pretty girl, a Cadillac and very little money, he was coming off 18 years of road dog touring and recording. In the 20 years he’s made this island his home, he opened a music store and a recording studio and left an indelible mark as a performer.
Now, The Old Man of Blues, our own Bill Blue, returns to The Parrot stage on Friday, January 13th at 5:30 PM and again on Sunday, January 15th, at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate his 30+ years of writing, recording and performing music. The Green Parrot Soundcheck is the fitting place.
Bill Blue left North Carolina for Virginia to meet blues legend Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup, writer of Elvis’s first record That’s Alright Mama, but little did he know that within two weeks he’d go from an out-of-work musician to being on the road with Big Boy and Bonnie Raitt on her first U.S. tour.
It started a career that has lasted more than 30 years and taken him to stages around the world. Bill signed on with the prestigious Adelphi Records, one of the best blues labels at the time in the U.S., and released two LP’s: Sing Like Thunder and Giving Good Boys A Bad Name with worldwide distribution. This gave the exposure to play venues all over Europe and the U.S. He released a compilation CD, Closing Time, in 2005 with songs from the last 30 years.
As a New York Times reviewer said about Bill’s show at NYC’s Bitter End: “One moment you’re laughing your ass off, a few songs later you’re crying in your beer. From a songwriter, you can’t ask for anything more.”
Charles Kaczynski Brings Gypsy Jazz Violin to The Parrot
Caffeine Carl & Nick Norman at The Parrot
Proven favorites on the Green Parrot stage, Caffeine Carl and Nick Norman will play a special evening show on Thursday, January 12 at 10 p.m.
Carl and Nick creating their own buzz on the local and national music scene, leaving fans all over begging for more. Don’t miss this chance to hear Caffeine Carl and Nick Norman this Sunday at The Green Parrot Bar, your Southernmost Center for Culture, at the corner of Whitehead and Southard Streets.