Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer travels a lot with her job in The Fresh Beat Band, but there are few places she loves to return to more than her hometown.
“It’ll be so nice to spend Christmas with the family,” says Gonzalez-Nacer, who plays two shows (noon and 4 p.m.) at the Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday. “Some of my cousins just had babies, and I’m excited to meet them. “It’ll pretty much like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, only Latin!”
Holiday plans include heading to her parents’ home in the Kendall/Coral Gables area and roasting up a traditional cajachina on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve).
“Everyone comes over and brings stuff, and we cook a giant dinner,” she explains. “It’s probably the most important get-together. We’ll eat, drink and be merry to the wee hours.”
Gonzalez-Nacer (aka Kiki) has another family, her three bandmates and costars on the Nick Jr. show, with which she spends a good chunk of her time.
“We’ve known each other so long. We’re all friends and in time with one another, on and off the stage,” says the group’s lead guitarist. “It’s nice to know we have each other’s back.”
Nacer-Gonzalez, who calls Los Angeles home, misses Miami but couldn’t be happier with her profession and hectic schedule.
“I followed my passion, and that’s the advice I’d give to young people,” says the former Florida Grand Opera performer. “Whether it’s singing or cleaning toilets. You have to do what drives you.”
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Cheers to that
Here’s a good excuse for day drinking: Christina Milian will appear noon to 2 p.m. Saturday when the actress/singer stops by Sedano’s, 3801 W. Flagler St., to sign bottles of her Viva Diva Wine.
Attendees will meet the When You Look at Me crooner, get to pose and post, and leave with a signed bottle of the sparkly flavored Moscato wines.
She thinks locals will lap up this sweet stuff.
“Viva is perfect for a tropical place like Miami,” says Milian, who adds that the name suits her. “It speaks volumes about my personality. I’m a confident woman who lives life kind of out there, to the fullest.”
The Love Don’t Cost A Thing star, 31, wasn’t always a wine fan.
“As a young adult, friends would tell me I would gain a palate for it. I started to become appreciative of it with my food. Then sharing a few glasses became bonding time with my girls.”
She started out with whites, then graduated over to the dark side. Viva Diva is more lightweight, desserty.
“It’s good in a cocktail too. There are many ways to use it.”
Unfortunately, wine isn’t exactly low in calories and Milian’s not in the same form she was in for the past season of Dancing with the Stars.
“About that,” she says, laughing. “That show got me in amazing shape. I peeled off nine pounds in five weeks in a very healthy way.”
Keeping busy helps. She’s working on a Fashion Police type music show with E! plus she runs after her 3-year-old daughter Violet (dad is ex, R&B singer The Dream).
There also may be a wedding in the works with her “guy,” Rap-A-Lot Records CEO Jas Prince.
“Eventually,” Milian says coyly. “We’re very happy where we’re at right now. Weddings can be expensive and frustrating — who are you inviting, where are we going to do it? — we don’t want to put stress on the relationship.”
At least they’ll know what adult beverages to serve at the reception.
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