1: Magnum Band. Sept. 18, at the Rhythm Foundation’s monthly Big Night in Little Haiti celebration at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
This Miami-based Haitian band, led by the phenomenal guitarist Dadou Pasquet, has been a musically acclaimed local treasure at least since the ’80s — but remains largely unknown outside the Haitian community. Its mix of Haitian compas, jazz and other Caribbean styles, anchored by the quiet Pasquet’s riveting virtuosity, is as rich and satisfying as music gets.
2: Ricardo Arjona. Sept. 19, AmericanAirlines Arena.
This Guatemalan gallant has become a Latin pop mainstay with elegiac song stories, brought to a different kind of life in the elaborate theatrical settings of his concert tours. They’re not cirque-like mega productions, but shows that make life and music seem inseparable.
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3: J Balvin (with special guest Becky G). Sept. 23, James L. Knight Center.
Before Univision or any other company dumped Donald Trump for his remarks about Mexican immigrants, this rising Colombian reggaetonero spoke up and dropped out of a career-boosting spot on the Miss USA pageant. Props for that, and for his sharp mix of hip hop, reggaeton and Colombian music that’s sending him up the charts. Teen pop princess Becky G, a SoCal Chicana who composed her own pop shoutback to Trump, opens.
4: Lila Downs. Oct. 3, Fillmore Miami Beach.
This Mexican and American singer-songwriter has brought her blend of indigenous, Mexican and American folk music and influences to a new high on her latest album, Balas y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate), with biting, haunting songs that call out violence and corruption in Mexico. Yet Downs never loses her gift for beautiful melodies, even as she pulls in new flavors ranging from rap to opera.
5: Natalia Lafourcade. Oct. 23, Gusman Concert Hall.
A child musical prodigy and singer/songwriter who earned her first Latin Grammy nomination as a teen, Lafourcade, of Mexico, has grown into a sweetly original and compelling artist, part of a welcome new cohort of independent-minded Latin American female artists. She appears courtesy of the widening program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Festival Miami.
6: Ricky Martin. Oct. 24, AmericanAirlines Arena.
Through all his incarnations — from Menudo to Vida Loca crossover star to breaking barriers by coming out to Broadway actor — Martin has always been a charismatic showman.
7: Juanes. Dec. 4, AmericanAirlines Arena.
Latin music’s answer to Springsteen and Bono keeps rocking and singing out for humanitarian causes (he played at the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day in August and performs for the Pope on Sept. 26). Like all rock greats, the Colombian multi-Grammy winnner boasts natural charisma, emotional sweep and old school guitar power. The Loco de Amor tour that brings him to Miami features quirky Mexican singer/songwriter Ximena Sariñana as an opener.
8: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Sheila E. Jan. 15, Adrienne Arsht Center.
When it comes to salsa, there’s no school like the old school. Piano man and bandleader Palmieri links back to New York’s mambo/Palladium heyday and to the Fania era; and he’s been a bridge between jazz and Latin music. Star percussionist Pete Escovedo helped Santana rock in the early days, and his virtuoso daughter Sheila E made waves with Prince. Part of the Jazz Roots Series.
9: Joan Soriano. Jan. 29, Koubek Center.
A guitar virtuoso, Soriano turns bachata, the plaintive Dominican country music that’s become a stalwart Latin pop genre, into a thrilling musical odyssey, while still keeping the music’s soul and sweetness. Miami Dade College Live Arts presents the former farmer, now known as the Duke of Bachata, with his family band in the best folkloric music tradition.
10: Michel Fragoso and Philbert Armenteros’ Jazz Jam. Thursdays, Havana 305.
Miami has some stellar Latin and Cuban musicians who often play for years with little attention. Two of them, Cuban pianist Fragoso, a veteran of the Café Nostalgia house band and its legendary ’90s jam sessions, and countryman Armenteros, a phenomenal percussionist and rumbero, are leading Thursday night jam sessions at Havana 305 in Little Havana. Sometimes the best nights are the ones that happen all the time. Ongoing in Miami-Dade.