Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
The event was scheduled to feature an All Star line up of more than 30 Cuban musicians for April 9, 2011 and was billed as the first of its kind Cuban music festival.
However, the “Cuban Woodstock” never even got off the ground. Just nine days after its announcement, the event was canceled.
Fuego CEO Hugo Cancio said he was having “issues with the venue,” and that a lawsuit was being prepared.
Homestead-Miami Speedway president Matthew Becherer had this to say according to Paul Torres of the Miami New Times: “There is not a ‘Fuego Cuban Music Festival’ scheduled for Homestead-Miami Speedway, nor did Homestead-Miami Speedway ever authorize a ‘Fuego Cuban Music Festival.” and he continues “We entered into a business relationship with promoter Mia Resorts for a music festival. And soon after agreeing to the deal, it became evident that we were dealing with a promoter other than Mia Resorts for an event other than that for which we had contracted. As such, we this morning filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against Mia Resorts and will withhold further comment due to pending litigation.”
What could have been
Had the event gone on as scheduled, it was being billed as the “The first ever Cuban music world festival in the United States featuring an all Cuban all-star roster”. The Speedway can hold over 60,000 people so it would have been interesting to see how many tickets could have been sold.
In addition to the musical entertainment there could have been vendors selling Cuban food and arts and crafts. If the event sold out, a repeat performance may have been held on Sunday April 10th. Also, Fuego intended to film the event in order to broadcast it and/or sell DVDs.
Some performers and bands that may have performed could have been Juan Formell y Los Van Van, David Calzado y Su Charanga Habanera, Gente De Zona, Los 4 (Salvajes), Buena Fe, Issac Delgado, Los Confidenciales, Manolin “El Medico De La Salsa”, El Micha, Habana Abierta, Elito Reve y Su Charangon, Habana De Primera, Moneda Dura, Pmm Con El Chacal y Los Generales, Baby Lores, Pachito Alonso, Lioni Torres, Haila, and Tambalive.
Tickets would have cost $40.00.
Fuego Enterprises was inviting company shareholders to register in advance by calling Investor Relations where they could have attended a special VIP event where they would have been able to meet with all the festival performers and Fuego’s CEO Hugo Cancio. (786) 336-6000
In a press release received by email to our Havana Journal, the ACLU will be holding a news conference to investigate the cancellation of the concert with intention to investigate the possibility that government officials played a role in the cancellation.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s Greater Miami Chapter will formally request an investigation into the role of political and official governmental pressure used to direct or influence the cancellation of Fuego Cuban Music World Festival.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell issued public comments from her office and on radio about her opposition to the concert and said she would to everything in her power to block the concert if it included performers from Cuba.
Leaders with the ACLU, organizers of the concert and artists expected to perform at the news conference are:
John de Leon, President, Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU of Florida
Howard Simon, Executive Director, ACLU of Florida
Hugo M. Cancio, President of Fuego Entertainment, Inc., prominent promoter of Cuban music
Patxi Pastor, President of Mia Resorts, Inc., which contracted with Homestead-Miami Speedway for the music festival
News conference information
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
ACLU of Florida Offices
4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340 Miami
About the ACLU of Florida
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