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Estefans drop by Woody's West End Tavern to watch daughter perform

SINGING FOR MOM: With her famous mother Gloria (bottom right) looking on glowingly, Emily Estefan (left) played drums with The Groove Dogs during a recent performance at Woodys and also sang a song for her mom.
SINGING FOR MOM: With her famous mother Gloria (bottom right) looking on glowingly, Emily Estefan (left) played drums with The Groove Dogs during a recent performance at Woodys and also sang a song for her mom.
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River Cities Gazette

Woodys West End Tavern is known to present some of the best musical entertainment in South Florida, and on Friday, May 23, the Groove Dogs attracted Grammy-winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio.

But the Estefans didn’t come to perform. They came to watch their 20-year-old daughter Emily play drums for Groove Dogs. With her world-famous mother sitting a few feet away, Emily also played guitar and sang a couple of songs.

Although the visit by Gloria Estefan, the most famous singer to ever come out of South Florida, was somewhat of a surprise, word of her attendance spread quickly and soon after Woodys was packed. And no matter her fame, Gloria mingled and posed for photos with patrons.

Emily’s drumming wasn’t just a matter of having the child of a famous couple sit in with a band. The young woman held her own with the three seasoned, much older men who knew how to rock and roll. One local drummer who knows professionalism said Emily was fantastic on drums.

Woodys owner Fred Suco said, “It’s a great night and the Estefans are some of the nicest people you could ever meet.”

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