On July 19th, the cultural epicenter of Little Haiti leaps from the stage to the walls to showcase a photo exhibit from photographer Luis Olzabal.
Popular Haitian artists and bands like T-Vice, Emeline Michel, Mikaben, Skah Shah, Misty Jean, Kazak and Boukman Ekpseryans who’ve also graced the plaza stage.
Currently, the most meta piece presented by Big Night in Little Haiti, the exhibit raises an important question: ‘Is it a classic case of art imitating life imitating art or vice versa?’
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Held in the center’s light-filled gallery, Olzabal's personally curated exhibit features 40 of his favorite pieces from his first two years as the Rhythm Foundation’s official in-house photographer.
The exhibit showcases his skill at capturing live music in print, a feat he attributes to his "ninja-like ability to become invisible when armed with a camera." (And here you thought your Twitter biography was creative.)
The gallery also features six shots of Rara Lakay, a huge, festive party-on-foot that plays horns and percussion. Slaves to their intrinsic need to party all the time, at the closing of every BNLH event, the junction can be seen marching through the streets for hours, trailed by hundreds of revelers.
And now you too can witness it in print and experience it afterwards.
And for all you BNLH purists, konpa band Tabou Combo (gasp!) will be performing a medley of their carnival music that’s a blend of meringue, rara, and the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals.
Patrons can enjoy kreyol cuisine and ice cold drinks from Leela’s Restaurant located in Little Haiti.
Olzabal has been the official photographer for the Rhythm Foundation’s concerts since 2004.
For more information: Held July 19th from 6 – 10 pm in the Little Haiti Cultural Center located at 212 NE 59 Terrace, in Miami. Visit, http://BigNightLittleHaiti.com